Hi fellow cake decorators,
I have started my own cake decorating company (in Portugal, Europe) one year and a half ago and I specialise mostly in wedding cakes though I also do birthday cakes and almost whatever my clients order.
For the past year I have been working by myself making everything from baking to torting cakes, covering and making sugar flowers and decorating. I usually had no more than two wedding cakes per week and I could cope with that. But now my business is growing considerably and I have a lot more requests for next Spring/Summer season. I have some weeks with 4 wedding cakes, somes weekend days with more than one wedding cake per day and there is no way I can do all that work by myself so I really need to hire an assistant. However like lots of businesses some weeks I either have no orders or have just one that I can perfectly do myself without extra help.
What kind of employment agreement should I make with a cake decorating assistant that I don´t need to work everyday and how should I calculate his/her wage?
I intend to hire an apprentice with a pastry background education but no knowledge of wedding cakes that is eager and willing to learn the job so that I have someone motivated working with me. All the knowledge I have took me quite a while to learn and I paid lots of money for cake decorating classes with renowned cake decorators. That being said is it right of me to think that I will be passing knowledge on to my future apprentice that is also worth a lot of money? Shouldn´t that be taken into consideration when calculating his /her wage?
Also should I pay my future assistant by the hour (that does not seem reasonable to me since an apprentice will take twice as much to do most tasks in the beginning) or for instance should I pay him/her a commission on each wedding cake that we do? There is no way I can afford a monthly salary for an assistant.
Also should I celebrate a non disclosure agreement of same kind to protect my company? What if I pass my knowledge on to someone that after six months starts a cake decorating business to compete with mine in the same area? Should I teach just a limited number of techniques/tasks?
Suggestions about this matter would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance everyone ;)