I'm not the type to not admit when I've done something wrong but at the same time, I get annoyed when I feel people are just lashing out. I understand your feeling as I'm an ECE and I know how it feels when people think we're just glorified babysitters. But I guess rather than get myself upset and worked up I just try to explain to people and educate them. So that's why with your first few posts I felt attacked and I didn't mean to start anything. But anyhow, it's over and done with so we'll move on from here.
I read up on lots of bits and pieces here and there and I understand only so much. I came on to get more insight. Well I make everything from scratch and with the best ingredients possible and I put a lot of work and effort into my cakes which is probably why some of my friends say I charge too little. I had a mother that was trying to get everything from me but the kitchen sink. She wanted a two tier cake for 50-60 people for $100. I told her it would be about $150, but because she said her design was simple I told her I could do $120. I am not making my cakes cheap so that I can get more people. It's not about the money for me. Its just my problem...I feel bad charging people too much, and I know I have to work on that and get over it (hence why I am here). At the same time I enjoy what I do so I don't feel a need to charge as much for my time?
I work hard on my recipes so that not only does my cakes look good outside but taste good as well. I want customers returning to me for that reason. I am from Canada. My friends and I have tried many bakeries and I should have stated most (but not all bakeries). I mean for my wedding cake I paid $450 and it was a small two tier cake but because the quality was good as well, I don't mind paying that much. But some places the quality is not so good as well as the designs and that's why my friends and I feel at times its a rip off. Do you understand what I'm trying to say? I dunno, or maybe I should stop talking just in case...sorry I just speak what comes to my mind.