I am an aspiring baker. I have been doing cakes for nothing for a while...building my skills, getting my name out there among my peers. Due to personal economic challenges I cannot give my cakes away anymore. So yesterday I made a batch of cupcakes for a friend who was "paying" Since I am new to all of this I wasn't sure what to charge so I told her that I would charge for materials and anything extra would be a "tip" (mistake....yes I know!)
so my materials cost 29 dollars for these 40 gourmet cupcakes (2 types, white chocolate raspberry with white chocolate mousse frosting and fresh raspberry compote filling with SMB inside...the other was cookies and cream) These were from scratch. They took me all afternoon to make. I get to the party, everyone raves over them and wants my number....yay! The friend who commissioned them paid me 40 dollars total.
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I still don't. (I am leaning toward crying). So my 5 hours of hard work equated to 2 bucks and hour. Seriously?!!! Yes. My fault. I should have set a price (lesson learned there!)
the kicker? It was a Tupperware party where I ended up buying 80 bucks worth of stuff. (The paying friend is the Tupperware consultant so essentially what she paid for the cupcakes literally just got paid back to her from me via commission) Can I get the chump of the day award?!
I feel defeated by this. I am bitter (mostly at myself). It makes me feel worthless and kind of taken advantage of. (But I allowed it)
I am not looking for sympathy or tough love on this, I just needed to rant to a community that understands.....most of my people look at me like I am nuts because they think 40 bucks for 40 cupcakes is high anyway.
Needless to say, I cannot keep stabbing myself in the foot taking on projects that devalue me. And for goodness sake I cannot buy Tupperware anymore!