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post #16 of 45

oh dear i feel a word of advice coming on already

 

stick to your menu and pricing--which i commend you for in the first place

 

peeps will want to get it thier way -- shoots a big one in the whole sanity thing huh

 

they can get it their way at burger king

 

'i only need 16 cupcakes--can't you break a dozen for me if i already buy one dozen???? pleeeease???'

 

'i can sell 12 or 24 or how about 36 and you can freeze the rest ;)"

 

srsly--try to keep it as well organized as you have it written out--

 

you cannot please everyone and don't let them bait you or play you

 

bravo for a great summer project

 

and man it's not even april yet--how terribly type a you are--in a good way i'm sure ;)

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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post #17 of 45
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

When you say "been here done that and survived"... It's the survived part that gets you the award, haha! 

Blue puts her wine down and toddles back into frame....

Yes, i look at Mr 30+ now and think - arghhh it wasn't that bad you being 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - Bwawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

 

 

 

Not all teenagers are built equally, my son for example...he has no desire to go do typical teenaged activities, he's just never had any interest. I wanted to hang out with my friends  on the weekends but he doesn't get into that. My daughter is much more social but she's only 14 so I haven't had to deal with the teen "hanging out" kind of stuff with her yet. *shudder*  We'll see if I survive that.

There is a badge with your name on it ................waiting for you at the end of the tunnel...icon_wink.gif

 

On the OP's last post she seems to have it figured out, doesn't intend for this to interfere with grades etc and also has parental support. All checks in the plus column.

I just read the next post by Jason........ Add another column to the page... lolll

 

Blue choofs back to sideline and picks up glass.........sip.

 

post #18 of 45
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Originally Posted by Texan Aunt View Post

I put together a start up plan and budget, advertisement plan, and a two page business proposition. As to dealing with the public, I have NO problem putting my foot down with customers. I am prepared to handle the financial side of things as well because my dad is a CPA and works as an expenditure manager so he can aid me with anything I need for filing taxes, keeping track of expense, etc,…
I've done some recruiting and interviewing for my company's leadership development program, and candidates with a history of entrepreneurship (especially on the business side) have a huge advantage. You are already well ahead of the vast majority of your peers (not to mention most adults), if you can learn the financial side now and continue to develop your business skills through college you will be in a very strong position when applying for a job in just about any business-related field.
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oh., you know we'll be able to lure you back in...Unless it's really good wine.icon_wink.gif

post #20 of 45
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K8Memphis, Oooh munchkinicon_surprised.gif HELP! Yes I've heard I have type A overload before actually and also that I'm just slightly stubborn, good thing I guess with pushy customers. Thanks for your advice and encouragement.

Jason_Kraft, thanks for all the information especially about minors and contracts I was unaware of that ,though I am not using contracts right now since I am doing small cakes,  that will be very useful in the future.

CostumeCzar and BlueHue you guys are cracking me up and giving me some useful advice too!

When I get my website & Facebook page up in the next month, I can let ya'll know and I'd appreciate any critiques on them.Thanks!

"'Tis an ill cook who cannot lick his own fingers."

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"'Tis an ill cook who cannot lick his own fingers."

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post #21 of 45

Go for it girl.  I commend you on starting up your business at a young age.  It's better to do something you love and get paid for doing it rather than flipping burgers.  You sound wise and mature and i am sure your parents are very proud of you.  Don't listen to the negative stuff.  Have fun and keep us informed.

post #22 of 45

Texan Aunt - you GO sweetie!  What a great summer job - you are going to do something you love, be your own boss, get experience running a company with all of what that entails, etc.  That's amazing for someone your age - I will look for you to have your own TV show in a few years! :)  And to the people concerned about contracts,  not sure a contract is really a necessity with a 6" or 8" cake, or a dozen cupcakes for that matter.  Now if she starts filling larger orders, then it could be an issue. But this chick seems to be starting in a sensible place with smaller cakes, planning to learn along the way. I'd almost bet she has a plan for that too, when it happens.   Again - BRAVO! Good Luck!

post #23 of 45
Texan aunt You are one amazing young lady:)
post #24 of 45
I must say Texan aunt, I'm quite impressed! I wish you good luck in all your endeavors! icon_smile.gif
post #25 of 45

Like everyone else, I would answer the question up front! I actually get that question every now and then. I started a year ago and I'm 23. I am partnered with my mom but it's primarily me. Most people are shocked when I say how young I am and then are proud that I went for my dream! Congrats on starting your business! It seems like you have thought this over. :D Good skills (it's what my family says instead of good luck... if you're relying on luck then you're in trouble. ;) )

 

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post #26 of 45
I had my first paid cake at 14 and my first wedding cake at 15, but I had already proven myself and they actually came to me! I am totally impressed, looks like you have your head on right... Can't wait to see if you have talent!!
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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post #27 of 45

This might be a totally moot point, I don't know anything about the subject, but are there child labor laws to be considered? 

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post #28 of 45
You can work at 15 with parental permission I believe
post #29 of 45

You've gotten a lot a good information here.  Own your age - your only 15 once.  It would've been nice if my daughter was as motivated at fifteen.  Take all in, especially what appears to be negative - These posts come from experience and should provoke questions.  Some may not be applicable now but they will be if you continue in this business.  Have a blast this summer and don't forget to stay young :)

 

Jeanne

I love what I do and do what I love

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I love what I do and do what I love

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post #30 of 45

I think you have a great plan and actually a pretty unique marketing strategy--your age and story can really benefit you.  Especially if you frame your shop as a "limited time only, young entrepreneur business experience." I know that if I had the chance to support a motivated teenager in a business venture, I sure am going to give it a shot. In a sea of home bakers you need a hook to attract business...and people (at least those who aren't looking for a custom designed cake) are going to want to buy and support your efforts.  After you get the first few orders out the door, you might even want to contact local news to see if they are interested in your story.  It really is a good angle. 

 

I personally had a bit unorthodox teenage years because I was showing horses at a national level.  I started my own business grooming, cleaning stalls, and exercising horses at my stable when I was 14 and worked for trainers throughout my teen years ( While some of the girls at my stable came from great means, I had to work to get paid in trade for the majority of my high-level training).  It was a massive commitment (time and money) and a total lifestyle for our family and yes, I didn't have that typical teenage story...but it's pretty awesome being something other than typical.  I learned so much and being that responsible teenager (with a fierce competitive spirit) and it shaped who I am now in really positive ways.  

 

But this is only for a summer...and what a great summer it will be for you and your business! 

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