5 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CAKE BUSINESS IN 2018

Strategies To Get Customers For Your Cake Business

Every Cake Business Owner want one thing and that is more customers.

Are you frustrated because only a small number of people know about your business, even though you make good cakes?

Look! You can have the best cakes on the market, but if nobody knows about it – your business will fail!

Like it or not you need customers for your business for it to grow and to make money.

After all,

No Customers = No Business and No Income

 

If you want to be successful in your business you need to Market your cakes.

Whether you have just stated, you have a cake shop, or you bake from home, you need to have strategies in place to make your business more known.

So lets go through some of these strategies.

 

Strategy #1: Start Building A Contact List

Every business needs a way to stay in touch with potential customers and its own customers. And building a contact list is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to do that!

Every one of your customers has an email address and a phone number so I recommend you start collecting these details. You can even collect additional information such as their birthdays.

Once you get their email address, you can set up your email or sms management system to send promotional emails or texts to your customer’s to tell them about your cakes or any other deals that you want to offer or if its their birthday you can tell them they are eligible to a box of cupcakes or a 20% discount for their next order.

Once you are in constant touch with your customers, you are more than likely to be on  their mind when they need a cake, so start collecting this information from your customers.

 

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Strategy #2: Be On Social Media

No matter what, first things first, you should have a  Facebook page for your company as this is the ideal place to market your business, and show off your gallery of cakes, create great posts and give information about your cakes and any promos you may be having.

Other social media platforms you should be on are Twitter, Instagram and maybe even Pinterest.

 

 

Strategy #3: Collaborate

Find Partners and collaborate with them. Make a list of strategic partners in your area and try and set appointments with them.  For instance you can approach children’s party venues and ask if they have any opportunities or present them with a deal that will work for both of you.

 

Or you could make a list of all the local businesses in your area, make an appointment, and give them some samples, and then let them know you’d be happy to cater their next celebration or office party.

 

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Strategy #4: Use Testimonials

Have some satisfied customers? Let them tell you. Encourage your customers to send you some reviews and feedback. After a delivery, just send a message asking them how they liked the cake. Then post their testimonials on your social media platforms or website.

When people see these positive reviews, it will instill more trust in your cakes so in essence it will drive more sales.

 

Strategy #5: Have A Launch Party 

Another way to encourage more business is to have like an open house event for your cake business.

Invite your friends and encourage them to invite their friends. Also invite people from your neighborhood, work and so on.Distribute fliers and provide free samples of your cakes for them to try. Also display some of your cakes on a nicely decorated cake table.

Talk to everyone and tell them about your cake business and try to persuade them to make an order.

 

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Strategy #6: Always Have Your Business Cards And Fliers Handy

Always go everywhere with your business cards. Get some business cards printed with your company name, logo, telephone number and email address and hand them out to potential customers.

Also do not be shy, when next you go to your local supermarket or hairdressers, ask if you can leave a few of your flyers or business cards. 


 

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About Me:

Hello, my name is Rotimicakelady and I am a cake business coach that teaches cake business owners how to grow and have a profitable cake business so that they have a constant stream of customers buying their delicious treats.

I have been running my own successful home based cake business for some years now. I have also been teaching bakers through my online courses who are struggling with low sales, with strategies on how to market, and price their cakes for profit.

In addition I am also run a Facebook Group where I coach, offer support and help bakers in their businesses.

I have helped over 50 bakers through my online course A comprehensive guide to starting your cake business in 30 days’ with much needed information on how to start a cake business in Nigeria. I also teach close to 4000 cake enthusiasts through my Facebook Group how to run a money making cake business.

I have been featured in ‘Naija Top Baker’ magazine, one of Nigeria’s foremost cake magazines and also been a Guest Speaker at the Bakery World Convention.

If you are struggling with getting customers for their cakes, I can help you solve this problem by showing you how to market, sell, price, plan, structure and brand your business so you are constantly selling to the right people who want your cakes.

 

 

 

Stop Planning, Start Doing, and Achieve More in Your Cake Business

Do you have some cake business aspirations that are beyond your current capabilities? It’s natural to dream of things that you want to do someday, but currently can’t. However, to realize your dreams, at some point you must stop planning and start taking action.

While planning is an important part of bringing your dreams to life, avoid dedicating more time to the mental preparation than to action. If you spend your entire life planning for what you will do in the future, then when will you actually start living?

Before I started my cake business wanted everything to be perfect, I wanted the perfect website, perfect pictures, perfect business plan, perfect economy, perfect everything. I soon realized that I was spending all my time planning instead of doing. If I was waiting for the perfect time to start, I am sure I will still be waiting today.

Even when I started going live on Facebook, I kept on postponing and posting, saying I will start when I have money to buy the perfect lighting equipment, good microphone and so on. Until I just decided one day to stop waiting and do it. It was perfect but it was a start. And the cake business show has been going from strength to strength. And have now expanded to YouTube and I still haven’t bought my perfect lighting equipment.

If you find yourself always postponing your activities because you feel your plans are yet not finalized or you are afraid, you need to stop planning and start taking action right away. You need to do something and stop worrying about perfection.

Here are a few important steps to help you pave the way:

Try these strategies to help jump start your goal-achieving actions:

 

  1. Actions speak louder than words

You’ve probably heard this statement before, but have you really considered the meaning? Taking action and achieving are more powerful than simply planning for the future. Start taking steps in the right direction while planning, instead of waiting for every detail of your plan to be complete.

  • Keep in mind that you can accomplish your goals as long as you’re moving in a forward direction. It may take some time, depending on how large your goal is, but moving forward will get you where you want to be. Taking action, regardless of how small, moves you forward.

For instance you want to create a website for your business but you are waiting to get enough money to hire a web developer. Why don’t you do it yourself. I created my cake website all by myself in the course of a 2 week Christmas break from my 9-5 job at that time. Just say each day you will do something like Day 1, open the platform and select a template, Day 2, select cake pictures, day 3- post cake pictures on site, and so on. Just dedicating a time each day to do something, you will see at the end of a period of time, you will be done, feel fulfilled and move on to the next task or goal.

 

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  1. Mind Your Language

Which is more effective, “I am going to start my cake business,” or “I am starting my cake business”? How about the difference between “I am planning on going to a baking school,” and “I am currently attending a baking school”? The differences in these statements may have a profound impact on whether you’re actually going somewhere, or just thinking about it.

  • Try this: Rather than saying “I am going to start my cake business” (which is something you could say for years without doing anything!), take action to start your cake business.
  1. Break goals into smaller bites

Rather than creating a lengthy plan that will take several years to fully realize, why not break your goals into smaller pieces that you can achieve one at a time? Setting goals too far into the future can hamper your ability to take small steps in the right direction now.

  • For example, say you want to lose 100 pounds. Try setting goals to lose 1% of your body weight per week until you reach your final goal. Achieving several weight loss goals over a period of time will help keep you motivated rather than struggling endlessly for that one far-off goal.
  • Perhaps you want to achieve something over a period of time, such as making N500,000 this year from cake sales. In this case, you can break your goals into weeks, months or quarters. For you to make N500,000 in sales, you need to make about N40,000 in sales in each. This amount is achievable and realistic then you can now focus on marketing to those customers to achieve your monthly target. This will help you feel a sense of success with your progress as you work toward the larger goal of making N500,000.

 

Having  your plans broken down to small actionable steps that you can work on a day-to-day or monthly basis will help measure your progress and also help you to stop procrastinating.

Don’t just plan to achieve a goal. Plan to try new things as well. This will help you overcome the fear of failure.

 

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  1. Be Accountable

Make yourself accountable to somebody you respect. If you have a mentor in your life, talk to your mentor and share your plans with him/her. Accountability is a great motivator. For instance, you plan to quit your 9-5 to concentrate on your cake business, tell a friend to keep you accountable so you do it when you will say you will do it.

In fact I give thanks to a friend who made sure I stuck to the date I decided to resign from my job. I kept on postponing and postponing until one day she said give me a definite date that you will hand in you resignation letter and true to form on that date she called me and ask me if I had done it. That pushed me to take action. If I had not told her I would have just been saying later, later.

  1. Healthy competition is good

Healthy competition is a great way to stop planning and start doing. Have a competitive spirit. Compete with somebody who is doing better than you in your domain. If a fellow baker is posting 2 times a day, try and post something 3 times.

 

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  1. Believe in yourself

Lastly believe in yourself. Self-confidence is the key element in achieving anything.

 

Sometimes you may feel challenged to build the momentum you need to achieve goals and get where you want to be in life. Raise your standards and expect action from yourself instead of just thoughts and words.

If you’re struggling to move from planning to actual accomplishments, try breaking your goals into smaller pieces. You’ll be amazed at how motivational a little success can be!

So now what things are you going to take action on now. Will love to hear from you.


 

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About Me:

Hello, my name is Rotimicakelady and I am a cake business coach that teaches cake business owners how to grow and have a profitable cake business so that they have a constant stream of customers buying their delicious treats.

I have been running my own successful home based cake business for some years now. I have also been teaching bakers through my online courses who are struggling with low sales, with strategies on how to market, and price their cakes for profit.

In addition I am also run a Facebook Group where I coach, offer support and help bakers in their businesses.

I have helped over 50 bakers through my online course A comprehensive guide to starting your cake business in 30 days’ with much needed information on how to start a cake business in Nigeria. I also teach close to 4000 cake enthusiasts through my Facebook Group how to run a money making cake business.

I have been featured in ‘Naija Top Baker’ magazine, one of Nigeria’s foremost cake magazines and also been a Guest Speaker at the Bakery World Convention.

If you are struggling with getting customers for their cakes, I can help you solve this problem by showing you how to market, sell, price, plan, structure and brand your business so you are constantly selling to the right people who want your cakes.

5 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CAKE BUSINESS IN 2018

 

We all want this year to be better than last year. We dream of how our lives will be if we had more money, less bills, a bigger house, a car, less weight and so on.

So instead of dreaming, what are you going to do about it? What are you going to do differently this year to make your cake business better?

What practical steps are you going to do to achieve your dreams?

Well here is a plan for you:

  1. GET PLANNING

How can you make 2018 different for your Cake Business? 

If you haven’t taken the time to sit down and plan your goals for this year – NOW is the time to do it.

Think about what you want to achieve this 2018.
How much money do you want to make each month from your business?

How do you want your Cake Business to GROW this year?

What business courses are you going to take this year

What new equipment do you want to buy this year?
To successfully achieve a goal, you need to have an action plan

Knowing exactly what you want  this year, breaking these steps down into little tasks you can complete daily will ensure you will reach your goals. 

Don’t continue to go into this year without your plan. Write it down! Create a schedule of each task for each week.

What didn’t you do in 2017 that your regret now? What needs to change this year so you aren’t repeating next year?

How will your cake business be different this year so you are being a better business owner?

Don’t wait by the phone waiting for customers. Come up with a strategy for getting customers.

Use this month to create a personal development plan that will help you think of ways to make more money and attract clients for your business.

 

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  1. TAKE GOOD PHOTOS OF YOUR CAKES

Taking beautiful, high quality photos of your cakes should be as important as making a good quality cake. Your cakes being visually appealing will make more potential customers stay on your social media page.

You don’t have to own an expensive digital camera to take good photos. A smartphone can take good pictures.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when photographing your cakes:

  • Use natural light-– nothing beats it. It makes colours pop and whites true. 
  • Use a white background. Don’t put anything behind a cake that competes for your attention. Make the cake the thing you can’t takes your eyes off. A plain white wall is a great choice
  • Clear all the cutter from the table
  • Photograph your cake from lots of different angles.
  • Add props – flowers, macarons, sweets, a cup of coffee next to your cupcakes, even a hand reaching up to hold smaller cakes and cupcakes. These are all great ways you can add some drama or dynamic movement to your images and give your viewers the opportunity to connect with the image by imagining themselves in that situation.
  • Think of composition- Composition wise, each cake will be different – some have all the detail on the top, so shoot from above. Some sections you may want to show off are on the side, so a nice simple front on shot will be best.
  • Make sure the feeling of the cake shines through – ultimately every cake you create tells a story, just like a painting, a portrait or any work of art. Look at the images, and really make sure you are capturing the essence of the cake.

 

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  1. BE ON INSTAGRAM

Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform today with millions of users and as a cake business you should be on it.

But before you join, here are some tips to get started:.

  • Only post your best photos, meaning well styled, well lit and with no extra clutter in the background. It will determine whether someone will want to follow you or not. It’s the first thing they see when they visit your account so make the invitation to follow you as irresistible as possible.
  • Post pics of all the behind the scenes action when you are making a cake.
  • Make sure your Instagram handle is on all your marketing materials and social media platforms.
  • You can create a dedicated hashtag and use it on every post. For instance, when i post something I include the hashtag #bakingbusinessschool. So you too can create your own hashtag.
  • Use hashtags for each and every post. The more hashtags, the more reach you will have.
  • Use your bio link to drive traffic to your newest content.
  • Post something personal with write descriptive captions. I have found out that telling a personal story  generate engagement and sharing.
  • Use a call to action to tell people what you want them to do with your posts. Tell them to share for a chance to win a prize. Find clever ways to get people to share your content.
  • Find local influencers in your market and contact them for collaborations. This usually means offering free products in exchange for a shoutout to potentially tens of thousands or more local followers.

 

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  1. LIMIT YOUR SELECTION

 Make cakes you enjoy and it will show in your work. Being a maker of all cakes will just overwhelm you especially if you don’t have much help and are not skilled in all the cake techniques .There are some types of cakes I don’t like doing , for instance, wedding cakes. I don’t enjoy them and I probably wouldn’t give it my best, so I don’t offer them.

It it’s smarter and less labour intensive to maximize on your strengths instead of spending a lot of time doing amateurish work on something you do not enjoy.

What types of cakes do you enjoy doing? It is ok if fondant is not your strong point. You can be the buttercream cake queen or be a cupcake master.

Your energy is much better spent on using your good skills and making them excellent by taking on challenging work that you enjoy.

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  1. SORT YOUR FINANCES

You need to be on top of your finances to have a sustainable cake business. You need to establish a record keeping process if you want to succeed in your cake business. And these are the things you should start doing:

  • Have a Separate Bank Account for your Business.
  • Have a Business Plan for your Cake Business
  • Develop a Chart of Accounts for your Cake Business
  • Keep all your Business Invoices and Receipts
  • Keep Records of all your Business Income and Expenses
  • Keep a Ledger or Account book of expenses and update the ledger regularly
  • Review your Business Bookkeeping Accounting Entries

 

So please take these tips in mind and let’s make 2018 an awesome year for our businesses.

Would love to hear from you. What things are you going to do this 2018 to improve your businesses?


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About Me:

Hello, my name is Rotimicakelady and I am a cake business coach that teaches cake business owners how to grow and have a profitable cake business so that they have a constant stream of customers buying their delicious treats.

I have been running my own successful home based cake business for some years now. I have also been teaching bakers through my online courses who are struggling with low sales, with strategies on how to market, and price their cakes for profit.

In addition I am also run a Facebook Group where I coach, offer support and help bakers in their businesses.

I have helped over 50 bakers through my online course A comprehensive guide to starting your cake business in 30 days’ with much needed information on how to start a cake business in Nigeria. I also teach close to 4000 cake enthusiasts through my Facebook Group how to run a money making cake business.

I have been featured in ‘Naija Top Baker’ magazine, one of Nigeria’s foremost cake magazines and also been a Guest Speaker at the Bakery World Convention.

If you are struggling with getting customers for their cakes, I can help you solve this problem by showing you how to market, sell, price, plan, structure and brand your business so you are constantly selling to the right people who want your cakes.xx103