Originally Posted by jennifercullen
Its a question I've been thinking about for a while now, a few cake decorators I know have been posting on facebook about being booked up months in advance, and I just wondered how many that would be, I only have time to decorate at night when my kids go to bed, and as most people want a cake for the weekend it means I can do less per week as they all have to be ready the same day. I struggled with the 3 I had to do this week, though when I did my business plan I worked out I needed to be making 6 per week just to take a small wage from the business each week! How many do you do? as a single person doing everything I mean... or even in a bakery, so I can see the difference.
I applaud you for doing your due diligence and for HAVING A BUSINESS PLAN! However, it is only that, a "plan". It sounds as though your "plan" was overly optimistic in order to meet your business goal of having "a small wage from the business each week".
Perhaps you need to re-assess your plan. It may be that you "forced" the plan to fit your desire to make cakes at a profit, instead of making a plan that indicated the reality of what you are now encountering.
The posts above have provided excellent input and you now have very realistic expectations of your baking capabilities in a given week. The suggestion to "raise your prices, do less cakes and create the same cash-flow" is excellent. Never forget to put the reality of the BUSINESS side of this ahead of your desire to do something "fun that also makes money".
It sounds as if you are doing a LOT of things RIGHT, and you are certainly asking the right questions. Happy Baking!