Originally Posted by cupncake1
Like I said no starts out charging what a bakery does, it's very nice for you that you can afford to open a bakery but you must understand that not everyone starts that way, I have 3 kids to support and just because I found that I had a talent doesnt mean I can afford to buy tons of bakery equipment and open up a shop and everyone will be content to let me practice my cake making skills on them while I charge them $7.00 per serving. Someday I will open a bakery but I need to go to buisiness school first
Cupncake: I started my business with a $300 upfront deposit to my commercial kitchen, less then $100 in licensing fees, and a free Yelp business page for advertising. I didn't even own a car. I started with above market prices and at the time I wasn't 1/2 the decorator you are, but I knew where I wanted to be even if I didn't "feel" I was there yet. I would sell a cake, then buy supplies with the profit. Sell another cake. Buy more supplies. Rinse, repeat. Deliveries were done via cab. Seriously. And I charged people my cab fair.
I have an 8 month old baby and I am a full-time mom. Which means in order to do this, I wake up at 3:00am to drag my butt to the rental kitchen no later then 4am. I have to be wrapped up and home by 8:30 am so my husband can go to work. It takes meticulous planning in advance to make sure I am 100% efficient to make sure I can get done what I need to get done in that time. If I don't, then I am back at the kitchen at 7pm after I put my kid to bed and I stay until I AM done. Sometimes I am right back at the kitchen at 4am to pick up where I had just left off at 11pm. And my baby gets to ride along with me on my daytime deliveries. I now turn down more orders then I can take and that sucks, but I am a good mom, an excellent baker and a decent decorator that is in the game, profitable, and satisfied. And I was able to buy a car after about a year in business.
You have the wrong idea of what it takes to be legal in California - it ain't the money. It's dedication, tenacity, blood, sweat and tears... and the ability to function completely sleep deprived and keep a level head when stuff starts getting out of hand. But as a mom, you should be a pro at that already.
Anyway that's my story, so I hope this inspired you and other reading this thread to break past the wall you think you see.