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I agree about the problem filling classes.  I can't fill a class locally even with just 5 students.  And I've tried all techniques, from beginning basic fondant, chocolate clay or buttercream to gumpaste flowers, Lambeth, run sugar collars and bas relief.  I can only get a few students and it's not pricing, most classes are less than $50.  I think it's all the freebies on youtube and the tutorials.  I don't have a marketing team, but the shop I teach at does advertise, and I am an ICES approved teacher.  I travel too, but can't be the 8 student minumum either.  I know I don't have a 'big' name so I'm sure that's part of it, but I really think it's all the freebies.   I actually had a student ask for an extra handout for their friend who didn't want to pay for the class (she actually told me that).  I agree the market is saturated.

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I am currently preparing my Cottage Food packet - which is a HUGE PITA, it was so much easier to get licensed for a commercial kitchen.  Being a business owner is a huge commitment.  The taxes, insurance, licensing, paperwork etc. and this is all before even baking a cupcake!  Don't get me started on business plans. UGH.  I get why so many people give up and take the risk to work "illegally" or under the table until they get caught.  

 

I think a lot of the cake and cupcake industry right now is a fad somewhat and that a lot of people will burnout, give up etc.  Then in several years it will cycle around again.  Cake decorating and baking is a passion and having the business end takes commitment.   

 

I also decided not to go to Cake Camp this year.  I've gone 2 years previously and had a great time and learned a lot of things.  However, looking at this years classes they are so basic based on my skill level now and a lot more expensive.  I did notice however, that you don't have to bring as many supplies. I'd rather save the money for an Agbay!

 

Just wanted to chime in!

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