the other day I got a call for a wedding cake from a couple who had stopped in at a bakery I use to work for before I went into business for myself as a cottage food business about an hour drive away from the bakery I use to work for. The wedding is up by me so made sence they head my way for ordering.
later I called the bakery I use to work for and thanked them for the word of mouth and sending them my way, just getting started not a lot of people know about me yet.
they asked what I was charging for the cake and was totally floored that I was "going so cheap!"
they suggested this way of pricing and its kept me awake at night since the convo.
food cost plus 15 to 20% mark up.
then add in my time which I should be paid 1.00 a minute it takes me to be working on the cake.
now, Im all for charging for my time to pick this stuff up, drive out or order the stuff to my place Gas isnt cheap I get that. but how many of you charge 60.00 an hour for your time?
I know I could have charged more for this cake but its really one of the first few wedding cakes Ive done from home on my own without the support of a full scale bakery. I dont feel I should be charging them for the heat in my house!
am I wrong here? do I need to be following this system?
what are your views on this?