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post #16 of 23

Ditto to all the wonderful advice submitted by Liz at Sugar, vgcea, AZ Couture, deb2013, cupadeecakes, etc. 

 

If  your geographic area/clientele will NOT profitably support the amount of work and resulting customized perfection, scale down your time and perfectionism and sell gorgeous, profitable, NON-3D cakes.   Put your 3D cakes in a totally separate pricing arena.  

 

Quote from cupadeecakes:

"When I took Mike McCarey's Big Bird class, we asked him how much he would charge his customers for it (it might have fed 30 people).  He said that he would charge about $900 for it, but that no one in his area had ever been willing to pay that much for it.  Lots of people loved it and wanted it, but they just wouldn't fork over the money to make it profitable for him."

 

Some ideas:

1.  Reserve your awesome 3D skills for cake show entries.  Contact your local ICES representative to see what cake shows may be in your area.   Exhibit at County Fairs.  Collect awards for your resume/portfolio.

http://ices.org/

 

2.  Identify high profile society charity events in your area.  Submit a charity cake for auction.  Make sure you tell the local newspapers and news stations about your cakes for each charity auction.  Submit a press release blurb with a photo and description.   You may get mentioned as a "fluff piece" of news.

 

3.  Identify high profile professional or collegiate sports teams in your area and donate a cake with their mascot.

post #17 of 23
Wow! Awesome avenues you've described there Apti. Now those are ways to connect with the high profile clients who can afford this kind of work. I can totally see a sports team going nuts over the kind of detail in your work OP.
post #18 of 23

What should you charge? ANYTHING YOU WANT! Those are way better than any Styrofoam crap I have seen Duff churn out, so I would at least have a $1000 minimum for those fine pieces of edible art. They are AH-mazing!

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 #19 of 23

CMontei2~~I've sent you a private message.

 

vgcea~~thank you!   OP's amazing Gator is what prompted the line of thought.

post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by stephdover4 View Post

You're exactly right, NEVER EVER if they ask for it. I learned that the hard way!

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post #21 of 23

A photographer friend of mine (that gets these same type of "exposure" requests) told me a response she gave to someone asking her to take photos for the exposure.  She told them "That's sounds great, but let's do ti like this - You pay me 100% of my cost upfront, I'll do the job and every gig I get from the exposure I'll give you 10% of your money back.  After I get 10 gigs, you'll be MAKING money!  Of course, they weren't nearly as interested in that deal.  So she came back with, "What?  Don't you like making money?!?"
 

post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by cupadeecakes View Post

A photographer friend of mine (that gets these same type of "exposure" requests) told me a response she gave to someone asking her to take photos for the exposure.  She told them "That's sounds great, but let's do ti like this - You pay me 100% of my cost upfront, I'll do the job and every gig I get from the exposure I'll give you 10% of your money back.  After I get 10 gigs, you'll be MAKING money!  Of course, they weren't nearly as interested in that deal.  So she came back with, "What?  Don't you like making money?!?"
 


Please tell your photographer friend that she is brilliant and has an admirer out in cake-land.

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by cupadeecakes View Post

A photographer friend of mine (that gets these same type of "exposure" requests) told me a response she gave to someone asking her to take photos for the exposure.  She told them "That's sounds great, but let's do ti like this - You pay me 100% of my cost upfront, I'll do the job and every gig I get from the exposure I'll give you 10% of your money back.  After I get 10 gigs, you'll be MAKING money!  Of course, they weren't nearly as interested in that deal.  So she came back with, "What?  Don't you like making money?!?"
 

Ha! That's precious! (and a darn good retort!)

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