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My husband is always telling me off for spending so much time on the computer on sites like this, the BSG and FB.  But I tell him this is my 'office banter'.

Yep - office banter - that's exactly it. Just livens up the day a little bit.

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Also, OP, my husband and I are from Yorkshire!

Ooh - where from? I'm originally from South Yorkshire but have moved west to around Huddersfield now.

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Maybe try and get together with other likeminded cake makers in your area. Maybe other mums from school, it seems a lot of people these days want to try their hand at cakes.thumbs_up.gif

Yes, I was thinking about that. There are quite a few, even in my village, and its always good to talk cake. icon_smile.gif
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Barnsley and Elland!
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Join your local cake decorating club. It gives you back up and also a social aspect of caking. 

We have over 50 members in our City's branch . It is really great going to meetings and being able to talk cake to people that are as passionate about it as you are, and after two minutes don't get the glazed ( here she goes again talking about cake) look. 

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 In my little town, there aren't any other bakeries, if you don't count the two grocery stores and no certainly no cake decorating clubs.  So, I am very active in Rotary club and my local Chamber of Commerce.  I love it and I very rarely feel lonely. 

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 In my little town, there aren't any other bakeries, if you don't count the two grocery stores and no certainly no cake decorating clubs.  So, I am very active in Rotary club and my local Chamber of Commerce.  I love it and I very rarely feel lonely. 

icon_biggrin.gif mightydragon663, Conifer is less than an hour from Denver. We have a small but active ICES chapter that meets quarterly. If you're interested, PM me and I can add you to our email list (I'm the chapter secretary).

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i think one of the most isolating things about this business are work hours.  The weekly schedule of baking and prepping while the kids are in school is great, but it's the Friday nights and Saturday schedule that kills me.  I have to aggressively protect at least one weekend a month to spend on those fun Saturday family events.  I hated having to miss so many Saturday morning soccer games or sending my husband to do the birthday parties because I had deliveries. (of course sometimes that was a blessing! )  

 

I still really like the freedom of having my days free to having coffee with friends, do school volunteering, or take a bodypump class, and then be able to make up the work in the late night hours. I am going to try with extra effort to use my morning hours better so that I'm not finishing up as much on Sat mornings so that I can have that family time back. 

 

and boards like this and other forums are super helpful for 'shop talk'. 

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I have 3 boys, my middle one is leaving primary school next week too. Luckily I still have a 6 year old to take to and from school, gives me a break out the house!

Love your signature btw Relznik.A woman after my own heart. I'm a new member and haven't come up with mine yet. Maybe it could be "lonely cake maker". How long have you been decorating cakes for, and any tips for me running my business from home? I'm a little bit lost with that side of things, but sugar art is my passion!

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Wizards first rule: People are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want it to be true; or theyre afraid its true.

 

Wizards second rule: The best intentions cause the greatest harm.

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Join your local cake decorating club. It gives you back up and also a social aspect of caking. 
We have over 50 members in our City's branch . It is really great going to meetings and being able to talk cake to people that are as passionate about it as you are, and after two minutes don't get the glazed ( here she goes again talking about cake) look. 
I've never heard of a cake decorating club in my area (Manchester England), Maybe I could start one!

Wizards first rule: People are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want it to be true; or theyre afraid its true.

 

Wizards second rule: The best intentions cause the greatest harm.

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Wizards first rule: People are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want it to be true; or theyre afraid its true.

 

Wizards second rule: The best intentions cause the greatest harm.

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I've never heard of a cake decorating club in my area (Manchester England), Maybe I could start one!

Here is the link to the British Sugar Craft Guild I am fairly certain there should be a branch nearby. 

http://www.bsguk.org/branches.html

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I love working alone. My husband drives me nuts bugging me when I'm 'in the zone' and getting mad at me when I don't feel like talking. I do most of my work at night because of it. I used to have the TV on but now work in total silence. It goes faster because I can focus. I just wish I could work like that during the day!

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I've never heard of a cake decorating club in my area (Manchester England), Maybe I could start one!

I'm sure there will be a bsg group in manchester. I know there is one in huddersfield, though I've not made it there yet. I went to some classes in chadderton a few years ago and the teacher said she was a member of the local group. have a look at the bsg website - its got all the branch details in there.
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Love your signature btw Relznik.A woman after my own heart. I'm a new member and haven't come up with mine yet. Maybe it could be "lonely cake maker". How long have you been decorating cakes for, and any tips for me running my business from home? I'm a little bit lost with that side of things, but sugar art is my passion!

I've been decorating cakes for maybe about 10 years (I wouldn't say any efforts before that time were worthy of being called cake decorating, LOL!) but I've had my business for about 7 or 8 years, I suppose.

 

It's hard to give tips to people, because everyone is different in themselves.... 

 

But I would say that once you decide to 'go for it', it will take about two years for your business to really take off...  that's what I was told and it was absolutely true!!  Get yourself a good website...  I don't advertise at all, but probably 99% of my business is people finding me on a Google search! 

 

DO NOT underprice yourself.  Either your good enough to sell cakes or you're not.  But don't undercut all your competitors because you're only starting out.  All you'll find is that when you do finally put your prices up anyway, those customers will go and find someone else who's undercutting YOU! LOL!

Inside this fat body, there's a thin woman screaming to get out...... but I can usually shut her up with chocolate!
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DO NOT underprice yourself.  Either your good enough to sell cakes or you're not.  But don't undercut all your competitors because you're only starting out.  All you'll find is that when you do finally put your prices up anyway, those customers will go and find someone else who's undercutting YOU! LOL!

 

Hear hear! :-) I priced myself too low at the start (and also gave a better product than some of my local bakers- double whammy!) and I ended up working really hard for what ends up as not a lot of money... if you factor in all your design time, tidying, website running etc etc... now I do far far fewer cakes but they feel more worth the time and effort :-) I like the solitude actually! I work full time in an office with too many young jerks and my nice quiet kitchen is something I look forward to in the evenings! Lol
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I like the solitude actually! I work full time in an office with too many young jerks and my nice quiet kitchen is something I look forward to in the evenings! Lol
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Yeah l think I quite like the solitude actually. My kitchen is my favorite place to be.

Thanks for the advice Relznik. I'll take it all on board. Think I do underprice myself, I put everything into my cakes so l guess I should charge accordingly. icon_smile.gif

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Wizards second rule: The best intentions cause the greatest harm.

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Wizards first rule: People are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want it to be true; or theyre afraid its true.

 

Wizards second rule: The best intentions cause the greatest harm.

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post #30 of 42
I am very blessed, now that my husband spends time with me in the bakery. He used to stay up late with me when we were dating, mixing colors or kneading fondant, then just stopped once we were married. He actually went about 5 years without helping, then we had a fairly big marriage crisis and it is hard to walk in there without him following me! He is a huge help, making lace, cutting flowers, cleaning. He has finished cakes up for me so I could start on the next one. He is bad about ragged edges and thinking things "are good enough" long before they are perfect. But even just sitting there, doing nothing, it is truly a blessing to have him. Oh, he covers boards and does my reaching, too.
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YES!  It can be very isolating.

My husband is always telling me off for spending so much time on the computer on sites like this, the BSG and FB.  But I tell him this is my 'office banter'.



He never keeps me company when I'm working (he has a stressful job and works ridiculous hours, so I don't blame him for wanting to just chillax in front of the tv when he does get home) - but I'd love it if he did.

Suzanne x

 
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