I understand tastings and design consultations for weddings and/or large parties. But is it normal to meet with clients over a 30-50 serving shower or birthday cake? I feel like I can send some pictures of designs and go back and forth easily over email/phone so why do we need to meet? Maybe I'm being overly sensitive since this is a side business for me and everyone wants to meet during the weekdays when I'm at my full-time job.
I've made it clear on my website (and have reiterated many, many times in email response) that tastings are only for 75+ servings and if they would like a sample they can place an order for a smaller cake or cupcakes. But some people still insist on meeting without the tasting. What's the saying "time is money"? I don't feel like wasting 1-2 hours pitching a potential $100-$200 order. Especially going through the hassle of trying to coordinate the meeting. During the week is bad - work and 2 kids, and on weekends I'm caking and delivering. Sure, I can carve out some time (and do for larger orders) but for small ones it just seems like it's not worth it.
Just curious what others (particularly home bakers) do in this situation.