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post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by cakelady2266

It not that I can't do the cake or that I don't want to put in the time...



I think your quote is perfect & I have seen your work, there's no question that you could do it. You've got talent. Hang in there.
Cleaning your house while the kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk while it's still snowing.
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post #17 of 20
IMO even $250 is too low, that cake looks very labor-intensive.

When customers ask for complicated designs and they question the price, we discuss the estimated labor required for the cake (labor is usually the largest cost component). Once they realize that a certain cake will take 4, 6, or 8 hours to complete instead of the 30 minute timeframe they assume from watching TV shows they understand why our prices are higher than they expect.

If a customer's budget is unrealistic based on what they want, we do our best to work with them and suggest a simpler cake. Giving the customer distinct options (e.g. a simple cake for $100 or a complicated cake for $400) automatically heads off any attempt to negotiate to get more for less.
post #18 of 20
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Well she finally decided to go with a sheet cake that has a drawing on it. At one point I suggested she try other bakers and bakeries to see if they could do it cheaper. She wanted the cake from me but she had spent SO much on the party already that the cake would have to cost under $100. I say if the cake is that important to you, budget it first and then work the rest of the party with what left over.

I made it very clear that I was not having money taken out of my pocket (that puts food in my kids mouths) so she could impress her friends with a cake.

Saying no has never felt so good.
If you can't find time it do it right..how will you find time to do it over?
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If you can't find time it do it right..how will you find time to do it over?
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post #19 of 20
Good job! So glad it worked out and that you still get to make her cake.
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post #20 of 20
I agree! It's worth at least that... she would not find anyone else to do it cheaper!
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