I've recently started decorating cakes with fondant and for the past 5 months have been accepting any order I can get from friends just so I can practice and build my portfolio, charging just a small amount, enough to cover ingredient cost and a little extra for labor.
My question is: How would you respond to a friend who keeps criticizing you for the minimal fee you charge other clients but she herself always hint on a discount when she's ordering from you? Recently she even attempted on getting my cupcakes on credit and insisted on my making her daughter a two tiered birthday cake but hinted that I price it the same as another cake I made for someone we both know (I priced that cake low because the design was not all that difficult to make; for her daughter she wants a mermaid cake.) I'm starting to feel being taken advantage of. She's been a regular client of mine for 3 years and I don't want to lose her biz but with the way she's been acting of late, balking at the mere mention of my upping the price I give her, I'm wondering if I should still continue being chummy with her. How would anyone of you deal with a situation like this?