The Cake Decorating Business
Are you thinking about starting your own cake decorating business? Most people don't think of going into business when they start cake decorating. Usually it starts out as a hobby or you may be wanting to make wonderful cakes for your own family's holiday dinners and special events. A lot of people find themselves starting a home cake decorating business after family and friends begin noticing the great cakes they have baked and decorated and find themselves taking orders. There is also the appeal of working at home; you have the freedom to work when you want, as long as you get the cake to the customer on time. Many of these artistic cake decorators have children at home and want to stay at home with them and be able to make a living too.
Maybe you have been thinking of starting a cake decorating business in your home. Think about why you would like to start a cake decorating business. If you have a good business plan and are good at time management, this can be a lucrative business. Even though your main reason to start a home business is to stay at home with the kids or to save cash on a daily commute, your main reason for wanting to start a cake decorating business at home should be that you are getting so many cake orders that it is taking a lot of your time and you feel you can go into business and make a go of it.
The cake decorating business can be fun, but it is also a lot of work, and you will need to have enough money to get your business off the ground. There are certain items you will need to start. You will need a few icing tips (the ones you use most often), a heavy duty mixer, mixing bowls, food coloring, spatulas, the right cake pans, enough room to work without being cramped, and an oven.
You will need to remember that family and friends are customers, and you will need to charge them for the cakes they want you to make. You have expenses and it will cost you to make a cake and you are in the business to make money. You may want to give them a discount, but you will definitely need to charge them for your time and the money you put into making the cake. You will need to check nearby bakeries and stores to find out what they charge for cake decorating.
Don't put your prices lower than the bakeries, try to charge around the same price and let your talent show the quality of your cakes. You will never be able to charge for your time, after all is said and done, you will probably be making about $1.00 an hour. That is why you charge by the cake. Although, the more cakes you make, the faster you will become and you will be making a bit more for your time.
While bakeries make good cakes, you can make cakes that taste as good or better. You can also offer different options such as a variety of cake flavors, a willingness to offer unique decorating options, and discounts or specials from time to time. At first, it is a good idea to charge around the same as the bakeries, but when you become more experienced you can then re-evaluate your prices. Once you become more popular and have made a name for yourself, you can then charge more.
The advantages of operating a legal cake decorating business from your home are:
You need to be an organized, disciplined person, and have a bit of business sense. The question is, will your family go along with the long hours you will need to put in? You will need the support of your family if you are going to make the cake decorating business succeed.
Important considerations before starting your own cake decorating business:
While it would be great if your cake decorating business was all fun, it does require a commitment. You need to be an organized, disciplined person, and have a bit of business sense. Lastly, your family must understand ahead of time the long hours you will need to put in, because you are going to need their support most of all if you are going to make your business a success. The cake decorating business may be time consuming but it is very rewarding and enjoyable!
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