Month: July 2017

Struggling To Make More Cake Sales? Follow These Simple Steps

Happy New Month!

We’re approaching the end of the year. Believe it or not

When I read my blog comments, and my number of emails, I have noticed that most cake business owners all want one major thing:

MORE SALES.

In case you don’t know, sales are the lifeblood of very business.

You see, some people think it’s all about “having quality cakes,” “being passionate,” and/or “doing what you love,” yes all these things are important but let me tell you something

… knowing how to make more sales, steadily, without seeming desperate, is how you win the game.

Having additional revenue and income that comes from making more sales makes your business – and life – so much better.

Imagine this scenario a friend calls you and asks, “Do you want to come to Paris?” And you are able to respond instantly with a “ yes!”

And that was that.

See you didn’t have to ask about the cost. The cost and time are a mere triviality to you. You run your own business and you set your own vacation times.

On the other hand, you can reinvest the additional revenue back into your business, to keep your customers happy, or buy more equipment.

So what would you do if money didn’t matter?

Well, when you’ve got profitable sales coming in, day in and day out, you’re no longer thinking about a “what if” fantasy. You’re living it.

The question is, “How can you generate these sales for your cake business?

Here Are 2 Big Problems Cake Business Owners Face When Growing Their Business

Business growth, comes down to solving 2 big problems. And they are:

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Problem #1: “How do I find more customers who are interested in buying my cakes?”

Whether you’re just getting started, or you’ve been baking for a while, your income is tied directly to the number of people you reach who are interested in buying your cakes.

And you can trust me on this: if you reach more of the right people, you will get more clients, customers, and sales.

I will still show you how you can do this but first, let me tell you about the second problem.

 

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Problem #2: “How do I make people really interested in my cakes (without feeling somehow)?

This should be clear, but once you’re reaching the right people, you need to make them interested in buying your cakes.

And, ideally, you should do it without being salesy, pushy, or desperate.

So how do you solve these major issues.

Well for the next 2 weeks I will show you how to solve them

Because I believe doing that is the secret to building a large and profitable cake business.

So don’t miss reading my blogpost next week.


 

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Rotimicakelady is your personal cake fairy. She is a cake business consultant and Coach.

She runs the Cake Business Owners Club where she helps bakers through Online courses have super profitable and successful cake businesses.

She has a passion for helping women who have a passion for baking, transition from hobby cake makers to successful and profitable cake business owners.

She also help cake business owners who have struggling in their cake business with strategies to enable them get more customers, so you make more money. Rotimicakelady is passionate about Cakes, business and making money.

5 Mistakes Made by Bakers In Marketing Their Business

 

So here goes:

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Mistake 1- Not following up with customers and potential clients

Following up with customers after they have ordered from you will guarantee you repeat orders and perhaps recommendations. Remember, getting repeat business from customers is important to growing and staying in business.

Try and always keep in touch with your customers and try and contact them at least once a month or more if you want. You could do this through monthly email newsletters or by SMS. This way, they are more likely to remember you and tell their friends about you.

So to do this, you need to maintain a data base of your customers such as their email address, birthdays, the type of cake they ordered,  phone number, etc. With this information, you will know how to communicate effectively with your customers.

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Mistake 2- Ignoring customers around you

Prospective customers are all around you; in your compound, your kids school, the salon you go to. So get involved and familarise yourself with your local area and network your cake business to them.

To succeed in your cake business, you need to expose yourself and network. People need to know about you so that they can remember you when they need to order a cake.

Many bakers are introverts and would rather be in the background decorating their cakes while someone else sells their cakes. That will be great if you are a big company and can hire staff to do your marketing for you. But most likely you are a one woman business, so you need to expose yourself enough to generate a sustained flow of customers and cake orders.

Don’t be shy, make sure you get out there and tell everybody you meet about your business.

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Mistake 3- Failing to monitor the success or failure of your marketing strategy

Whatever marketing strategy you do, you must monitor it from time to time. If you are not seeing any results, that is, you are not getting any additional orders then you must try another strategy. 

Your marketing efforts should bring you a reasonable return on your investment. You cannot be spending money on marketing s strategy if it doesn’t lead to sales.

So every few months, reflect on your marketing strategies and find out what works and what doesn’t and think of new ways to attract new customers to your business.

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Mistake 4- Misuse of your Social Media 

Social media marketing is a must-have for your cake business. However, starting a Facebook page and posting a few posts are not enough.

Social media is a marketing tool and should be used with a strategy in mind, if not it can actually harm your business.

First, understand how to use social media effectively, and then, create a social media marketing plan. Use your market research to know where your customers are online and create a presence there and communicate relevant, helpful information to them.

Another big mistake that Bakers make is join all the Facebook Bakery groups and be gisting with other bakers. 

Yes this may be all well and good, but being in those groups will not attract any customers.

So instead of joining various cake groups, join groups whose members are your target customers such as groups where mothers are gathered, wedding planners groups etc and build relationships with the admins in the groups so they can give positive recommendations, answer their questions, tell them about your cakes which could lead to more customers.

Mistake 5- Not having a Website 

A website is an absolute must for your cake business. I cannot stress it enough. Your website doesn’t have to be complicated. A website will enable people to view your cakes and also get the information needed to make an order or to contact you. 

Finally, I hope the knowledge of these common mistakes will help you to review your marketing strategy for your cake business and help you make the necessary changes to guarantee your success and more cake orders.

Please leave a comment below if you found this article useful or have any questions. I am here to help.

Till next week.


 

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me 6Rotimicakelady is your personal cake fairy. She is a cake business consultant and Coach.

She runs the Cake Business Owners Club where she helps bakers through Online courses have super profitable and successful cake businesses.

She has a passion for helping women who have a passion for baking, transition from hobby cake makers to successful and profitable cake business owners.

She also help cake business owners who have struggling in their cake business with strategies to enable them get more customers, so you make more money. Rotimicakelady is passionate about Cakes, business and making money.

Don’t Give Up – How to keep on going and never give up on your business goals and dreams

How many times do we feel like giving up?

If you do not want to admit it, well I will tell you. I do. Sometimes many times a month. I feel like giving up when I don’t get any orders, I feel like giving up when I see Facebook post of my colleagues talking about their successes. I feel like giving up when I am not making enough money to buy things for my kids or to pay some bills.

So do not feel you are alone in feeling this way.

Whether your goal is to further your career, succeed in love or marriage, become the ultimate cake queen, lose weight, or any other personal ambition, staying motivated and keeping your attention focused on your ultimate aspiration is critical.

Becoming distracted or letting failure derail your plans will never let you get what you want.

The only way to win is to keep on trying.

As basketball superstar Michael Jordan put it, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

In today’s blogpost, I want to give some tips to keep you on track so that you can continue to strive to achieve your cake business dream despite any setback, any failure, any distraction, and any mistake.

 

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Worst Case Scenario

At the start of the day, think about the absolute worst thing that could happen. How likely is it that things would get so bad? Probably not very. Remind yourself that even if the worst occurs, you have what it takes to overcome any situation, no matter how terrible.

It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Living in the moment is the best source of motivation you will ever find. Enjoy the day to day experience of living your life, both when things are going well and when you are dealing with problems. It will give you a better appreciation of who you are and what you can contribute to the world around you. So when you are busying piping your 1000th rose, try and not think of it as a chore, but something that could catapult you to greatness.

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Procrastination Is Your Enemy

In the groundbreaking motivational guide “Success through a Positive Mental Attitude”,Napoleon Hill famously interjected “Do it now!” as a rallying cry for successful people. Never delay or procrastinate or your opportunities may be lost. Your time is the one thing you can never get back. Treat your time like it’s a valuable commodity.

Today Is All You Can Influence

Accomplishing long term goals is a moment by moment activity. You can’t change what has happened in the past, but you can influence what will happen in the future by focusing on achieving the goals you set for yourself each day. Do the very best you can with what you have to work with right now. If you do, the future will take care of itself.

 

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Be Inspired Passion

 People who don’t care, don’t succeed. Passion is one part emotion and one part commitment. If you have commitment but no passion, your work will be dull. If you have passion, but no commitment, your work will be undirected. But when the two come together and you bring real passion to what you do each day, there can be no stopping you.

Use Measurable Objectives

You can accomplish any goal by breaking it down into a series of smaller steps. Set a long-term goal for yourself, then create milestones to measure how close you are getting to achieving it each day, week and month. Mark your milestones down on a calendar and hang it somewhere that you will see it each day. Celebrate victories when you achieve your goals.

So I hope I have provided you some tips designed to motivate you to never give up on your dreams and ambition.

The truth is that nobody can motivate anybody to do anything. You need to inspire and motivate yourself most times.

The  techniques described here can all be boiled down to 3 keys to successful living:

  • Being willing to leave your comfort zone
  • Not being afraid to make mistakes
  • Not indulging in self-limiting thinking

As with all things in life, mistakes are going to happen. You can prepare as much as possible, but the unexpected will always occur sooner or later.

Successful people don’t let setbacks and obstacles stop them from moving toward their ultimate goals.

Instead, they continually commit themselves to happiness and positive thinking, no matter what happens.

By keeping your eye on the prize and daring to dream big, you can achieve anything you want in life.

Good luck!

I am rooting for you 🙂 


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me 6Rotimicakelady is your personal cake fairy. She is a cake business consultant and Coach.

She runs the Cake Business Owners Club where she helps bakers through Online courses have super profitable and successful cake businesses.

She has a passion for helping women who have a passion for baking, transition from hobby cake makers to successful and profitable cake business owners.

She also help cake business owners who have struggling in their cake business with strategies to enable them get more customers, so you make more money. Rotimicakelady is passionate about Cakes, business and making money.

How I Made N100,000 For One Cake Order

This past week I have been so busy with cake orders. I had to do a massive 3 tier cake and some birthday cakes.

The 3 tier cake was a bit of a challenge for me. I don’t really like doing tiered cakes, so that is why I do not do wedding cakes. The cake required an array of flowers and I did enjoy making them.

There is nothing like having some quirt time after the kids have gone to bed, watching TV

And making sugar roses and peonies.

I was alright till it came to stacking the cakes. I was not sure how many dowels I needed or whether the dowels I used were enough. Anyway managed to stack the cakes, but the next day, I noticed the top tier was leaning over. Complete nightmare. I managed to shock it, and then it came time to deliver the cake to the venue. It was like if I was carrying a new born baby. My heart did not stop beating till the cake was safely at on the cake stand in the event.

Well the cake held up and the celebrant loved the cake. I kept thinking why was I so worried.

But that is the life of a baker. It is our craft and we feel a personal connection for every cake we make.

Here is a pic of the cake and I was paid N100,000 for the cake. So I bought a new mixer with the proceeds. Not bad at all!

 

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So how much do you think you would have charged for this Cake.

If you said anything less than N50,000, then you need to read this Pricing formula desperately.

Here is how you should price your Cakes.

It is a simple formula;

 (Labour + Ingredients Costs + Sundry Costs + Utility Costs) x Profit = Total Cake Price

Step 1: Labour/ designer fee

Step 1 is labour, often the undercharged part of the cake pricing formula. When you know you are being paid something good then you making a cake becomes more enjoyable. But if you aren’t getting any good money,then it can be like a chore.
You do not want to work for nothing

To help you gain a control on the labour aspect, make a note of what you honestly want your hourly rate to be. Then increase it by 20%. This will be your hourly rate. Next start to monitor how long each type of cake takes to create. Record everything, from the initial enquiry, to the mixing, baking, cooling, cleaning, decorating, shopping, delivery, stacking, etc.

Step 2: Cost of Ingredients

I know this can be quite time consuming part. It is important to know the
price of each cake so make sure you calculate every batch. And remember to cost out every single recipe and recipe variation you work with.

Step 3: Sundry Costs or Extra Costs

Similar to step 3 this is fairly simple to cost, and again. Sundry costs, are things like cake boards, boxes, ribbons, dowels, etc.

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Step 4: Utility Costs

I know calculating Utility costs are a little trickier to calculate as you have to look into your utility bills or think of an estimate or figure to cover your utility.

If you get bills and want to be very accurate. Find your gas, water and electric bill then
calculate the total yearly costs.

You can then calculate your daily or hourly costs.

Daily Costs = Yearly total divided by 365 days

Hourly Costs = Yearly total divided by 8760 hours in
a year

This is how you can calculate the utility costs  per day or per hour (whichever you prefer).

Step 5: Profit

If you want to grow your business this is the most important part.

So so far if you follow the process until this step you will be paying yourself a salary, covering your costs and not losing money. If you add this part this is where you will see your business grow. The profit will allow your business to grow without you sacrificing how much you will make.

The profit is money that you can invest back into your business. So that you can afford that shop you want, buy new cake equipment, create a website, buy flyers, generally market your business, and outsource your bookkeeping, admin, etc.

Do not overlook this step. How much profit you add to your cake pricing formula is your choice. But aim for at least somewhere between 30% – 60%.

 

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Step 6: The Total Price

The final step is calculating all the steps.

(Labour/designer fee+ Cost of Ingredients + Sundry Costs + Utility
Costs) x Profit = Total Cake Price

For example,

Bose of Bose Cakes and Bakes has an order for  a 10 inch fondant vanilla birthday cake with small piping  and a few fondant roses on an iced cake board in a box.

Let get calculating:

Labour/your designer fee – N1,000 x 5 hours = N5000

Ingredients Costs = N2000

Sundry Costs = N600

Utility Costs = N450

Profit x 30%

The Formula (N5000+ N2000+ N600+ N450) x 30% = N10,465
Therefore the total price of Bose’s cake to the customer is N10,465

So this is the pricing formula  you can use to price your cakes and you can tweak it how ever you want. So no more undercharging for your cakes, you are a professional and should be paid as such.


 

me 6Rotimicakelady is your personal cake fairy. She is a cake business consultant and Coach.

She runs the Cake Business Owners Club where she helps bakers through Online courses have super profitable and successful cake businesses.

She has a passion for helping women who have a passion for baking, transition from hobby cake makers to successful and profitable cake business owners.

She also help cake business owners who have struggling in their cake business with strategies to enable them get more customers, so you make more money. Rotimicakelady is passionate about Cakes, business and making money.