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post #16 of 47
I'm sure the economy has something to do with it, too. Lots of people looking to make a few extra bucks. Isn't unemployment realistically upwards of 20% once you factor in people not receiving assistance.

Just a thought.
post #17 of 47
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I'm sure the economy has something to do with it, too. Lots of people looking to make a few extra bucks. Isn't unemployment realistically upwards of 20% once you factor in people not receiving assistance.

Just a thought.

It's not that high...

 

I think it's more that people are disgusted with the reality of trying to run a business once they get into it and realize that it isn't all sitting around making flowers all day in a fancy little studio. Trying to teach is one way to make money without having to deal with customers!

post #18 of 47
As a hobby home baker, I have friends that say " you should quit your job and do this full time" I laugh because no way do I want to rent a place, hire help , mass produce, and wake up at 3 - 4 am daily. I do enjoy baking and decorating, but this is my daughter left for college , need something to keep me busy hobby .. I have for the last 5 yrs been here on Cake Central ...ALOT, read hundreds of how to's and watch hundreds more of the videos. I am a long way from perfect but have come a long way from my pre lesson cakes. I do make no more then 2 cakes a week, and I put so much into them that the baking, decorating and clean up takes a average of 10 hours per cake. so hobby baking it stays, and I make just enough to cover costs, buy that new item from the cake store, ,support the free ICING SMILES cakes, and the donated cakes to charity and special needs friends I know. I am very happy were I am so hats off to you who bake for a living. you do not have to worry , there are not enough crazy people in this world to put up with the standing and no sleep and stress as you all do . HAPPY DECORATING
post #19 of 47

NJ Sugarmama, it's partially the economy, I am making a few extra bucks selling cakes.  

post #20 of 47
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NJ Sugarmama, it's partially the economy, I am making a few extra bucks selling cakes.  

I think it is, too.
post #21 of 47

Oh, definitely the economy,  Sometimes the irony makes me chuckle.

 

Case in point:  I live in an area that's chock-full of longtime retail/wholesale bakeries interspersed with a few supermarket chains (seriously, I only know of 2 home cakers who make any money, and one has another job because she doesn't make enough at caking).  Most people's default in my area is to go to the freestanding retail bakery first if they need a particular kind of cake unless they already know they can't afford the prices.

 

If they can't afford the prices, then they go to the supermarket bakery, which is where I come in.  When I ask them what they're looking for, they'll go into detailed description about tiered cakes with X colors of fondant done in this type of style with this kind of character because it's Baby's First Birthday or something-or-other.  When I tell them that we're not equipped to be that detailed nor do we do tiered cakes, but this is what we CAN do, the look on their faces is priceless.  Then they'll counter with, "Well, we expected [name of chain] to be a bit higher class than [competing chain down the street]."  That's when we drop everything and gently hint that we're sorry, you need to scale back your expectations if you want something within your obvious budget, and if you want X kind of cake, you'd better off going to [retail freestanding bakery down the street] because, honestly, we cannot help you."

 

"But they're tooooooooo expensive!"

 

"Sorry."

 

"Do you know anybody who does cakes at home that we can call?"

 

Even if I did, I wouldn't give you their phone number.  I'd be out of a job if I did.

post #22 of 47
The cottage food laws haven't helped, either.
post #23 of 47

My hubby would say his computer is saturated with cake decorating.  I watch all my craftsy classes on his computer as it is a lot quicker than my old laptop so he is continually getting bombarded with ads for cake decorating.  I don't get any on mine.

post #24 of 47

People are certainly looking for more ways to make money at home, and there are enough websites out there suggesting you can make cakes in your spare time and get rich.  

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post #25 of 47

I also agree that the internet seems saturated with all these free and paying tutorials but I don't know how many people are actually doing more than just making an occasional family bday cake. Once you watch some of these tutorials (even the free ones) it becomes obvious pretty quickly that there is no money to be made in the beginning bc the outlay is enormous so it really depends on how dedicated people are. Saying that, one of my pet peeves are the tv shows that make it seem like all it takes is 20 minutes to put together a custom made 4 tier cake bc there are always those clients who don't understand why they can't have that for the same price as a plain 1 tier one.

post #26 of 47
I agree with you Claire, I'm a professional makeup artist and there are thousands of tutorials of how to do it,clients don't want to pay the big bucks but instead think they can do it themselves. They watch a few videos and decide that they are ' professional ' enough to start a business- and charging half the price that a qualified make up artist would do- leaving us jobless!!! Well I've had my rant about that, just assuming that its the same for the baking industry : )
post #27 of 47

That's so funny bc I'm a beautician too! But, I don't practice anymore bc I fell in love with cake baking and decorating (on a one of to see if I could create something) so use my studies for that instead.

post #28 of 47

Anyone can take a class.  But not everyone has the skills and patience to turn that class into a quality product.  A tool in the hands of an artist is way more than just a tool.  There are a lot of mommies out there making DIY cakes for their kids.  There always have been.  My mom did that for me way back when.  But they were clearly
mommy cakes.  For people who are looking for excellence, there will always be a calling for an artist. 
 

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post #29 of 47
@Claire I don't do makeup either anymore,unfortunately I never liked the people I had to work with. But everybody on here is so fabulous im slowly becoming addicted!! Crimsicle your words actually touched my heart :')
post #30 of 47
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It's not that high...

 

I think it's more that people are disgusted with the reality of trying to run a business once they get into it and realize that it isn't all sitting around making flowers all day in a fancy little studio. Trying to teach is one way to make money without having to deal with customers!

I've heard sentiments similar to these lately that the teaching circuit is way more profitable and somewhat easier than actual caking for a profit. Makes sense considering how much the face-to-face classes cost. So that's why I see more and more cakers on facebook offering classes. Hmmm...icon_confused.gif

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