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post #1 of 30
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To all you established cakers out there, how long were you in business before you had a steadily busy schedule? Just curious! I'm still young as far as business goes and sometimes I wonder if despite all my efforts...will I ever be really busy?! Arghh !
post #2 of 30

I probably took about three years before I was what I would consider "fully booked." Then after a few more years I found out what "fully booked" really was, and after 14 years I'm trying to cut back because I was so fully booked last year my back still hurts.

post #3 of 30
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Ugh...12 years to go I guess.... but thanks! icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 30
It took us about 2-3 months after launching before we got busy, then another 2-3 months before we were consistently booked and had to turn away business. Due to the nature of our bakery (customers had different combinations of food allergies) we accepted a max of 10-15 orders per week, mostly birthday cakes.
post #5 of 30

I run my own bakery with no employees aside from my husband. I was really busy after about 8 months, which was when I started turning people away. I usually take a max of 10 cakes per week (thurs-sunday)

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Originally Posted by bittersweety View Post

Ugh...12 years to go I guess.... but thanks! icon_smile.gif

I forgot to mention that I only do wedding cakes, so you might be faster getting going if you're also doing other types of smaller cakes!
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I'm not established, I launched my business in October 2012. My goal was to get 4 orders per month total. I know it is not a lot, but for me that is busy. I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2-year old twins, and a 4-year old. I don't do anything until they go to sleep and I wanted at least one week with no orders to spend time with hubby. Since the week I launched I've had 2-3 orders per week, and hardly ever a weekend off. Picked-up much faster than I thought. My market is food allergy and I do cakes mostly for kids. But I consider this too busy, while others would say not busy enough. What are your goals quantity wise and revenue wise? 

post #8 of 30
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i am the only employee at my bakery. i do all sorts of cakes, including wedding cakes (my true passion), and i also do pastries and cookies. I live in a small town, so as far as foot traffic goes, i'll take what i can get, but i'd really love more cake business!  i feel that im in one of those "walmart cake" demographic areas, but i'm really trying to change the locals minds as well as reach out to the two near big cities that lay on either side of my small town (about 15 miles away each)  its just so tough getting the word out!  but i think i'm doing all i can so i'll just be patient and wait for the word to spread :)

post #9 of 30

I do mainly wedding cakes and other stuff only off season when I have time and am inclined :-)  The first year cakes were only part of my business so it was fairly quiet (about 3 cakes per month). The second year I was fully booked for most weekends during wedding season, but it was slow in winter. Last year I had to turn away almost as much business as I was able to take on and I am also busy during winter. Going into the fourth year now, January bookings are almost double from last year.
So the famous 3-year-rule applies to me for sure :-)

post #10 of 30

I am also in a " Walmart cake" demographic. I have to be competitive with my pricing due to this, I'd LOVE to get $9.00 per serving but $4.00 is about all people are willing to pay here. Anything beyond that and quality is no longer an issue for most, it's just not affordable and they go to Walmart.

 My business picked up pretty quick though. I would say 3 years and now I have to turn some away. Word of mouth advertisement and posting my cakes and cupcakes to facebook is what really built my clientele. 

You will be busy in no time as long as you provide a consistent , quality product. You also have to make sure your marketing strategy targets the right people. 

Good luck! thumbs_up.gif

post #11 of 30

Took about 6m-1yr to get full of celebration cakes, and about 2 years to book up every weekend on weddings. I went to mostly weddings and I book up for every year by about March. This year seems a little slower, but that's ok because I'm cutting back too- my back is fine, but my head still hurts from the last busy season!

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post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by tdovewings View Post

I'm not established, I launched my business in October 2012. My goal was to get 4 orders per month total. I know it is not a lot, but for me that is busy. I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2-year old twins, and a 4-year old. I don't do anything until they go to sleep and I wanted at least one week with no orders to spend time with hubby. Since the week I launched I've had 2-3 orders per week, and hardly ever a weekend off. Picked-up much faster than I thought. My market is food allergy and I do cakes mostly for kids. But I consider this too busy, while others would say not busy enough. What are your goals quantity wise and revenue wise? 

I have 2 year old twins and a 4 year old as well! :) Makes baking a little difficult sometimes.. 

post #13 of 30
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Id like to have 5-6 cakes per week and at least 1 wedding cake per month. Id be content with that for now. I have lots of pastry and cookie orders too as well as walk in business but its the cakes I really want to bump up.
post #14 of 30

To those with children how do you fit it all in?

I had a crazy year last year (especially with all my trialling of recipes) and I found that my kitchen was always a mess with chocolate and buttercream splattered everwhere and my children and housework sadly were a little neglected. I've made the decision to back off for a while and put my 3 children first and catch up on all the housework. My husband is only home Friday nights to Sunday arvo (works away from home) so unfortunately its all up to me. Plus also I put on a lot of weight, so I'm trying to loose some of that as well!

post #15 of 30

My twins are 12 now, my daughter almost 9 and my baby almost 4, so it is getting easier! My young one used to come in the bakery (attached garage) and wrap his arms around my legs and look up at me with his big blue eyes, and then started sitting on the steps with his blankie...It was terrible. Now I can get him to play on his tablet for a while so I can work, but I still work mostly at night. I am 33 now, and it is getting harder and harder to be up all night and all day, for 3 days.

 

I have been in business for 18 months and get about 2-4 birthday cakes a week, and 3-4 wedding cakes a month, but I want 3 wedding cakes a week, and no birthday cakes under $200, or someone else to do them. 

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