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The Best New Year’s Gift you will ever have

 

My New Year’s Gift to you!

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This may be the best New Year gift you will get.

You know why?

Because this gift will make you achieve all your dreams for 2019.

How would you like in December 2019 to have achieved all your goals and dreams.

That will be awesome right?

But how can you do that.

It is not by magic. 

All you have to do is plan.

You know why many people fail in their goals.

It is because they fail to have a plan.

How many of you have seen or heard these quotes? I am sure I have mentioned it a few times on my blog.

 

If you want to succeed with your goals, you need to first write them down and plan on how you are going to achieve it.

In essence you need to make them specific, measurable, and completed with a deadline. 

Let me give you an example, one of my goals last year was to take my children to Disney world in Florida. We all know travelling can be very expensive not to talk about going to Disney world.

But that was one of my goals.

So from January 2018 I started looking online for tickets, hotel booking and so on. I didn’t have the money at that time, but I still booked my hotel.

I then made a note of how much everything will cost so I started working at it. I made a plan of how many products and customers I will need to sell to achieve that amount.

So let’s say I needed N1,000,000 in 5 months so that’s means I will need to earn as profit N200,000 each month. Once I broke it down like this- N200,000 a month didn’t seem so bad. To earn that N200,000 each month I have to sell products worth that amount.

Well I worked at it and I was able to treat my kids to Disney world and it was a memorable experience, one that my precious ones will remember for a long time. You can read about my experience at Disney world here.

When I set that goal, honesty I was scared, because I know how much it will be for all 3 of us to go.

But I really believe that when you write things down and put it to God and tell Him that this is what you want to do, the Universe will align itself to make things happen.

Money will not drop from the sky (although I really wish it does) but events and opportunities will just come to you that will make that goal happen.

That’s why it’s important to have and make use of a Goal Planner.

With a Goal Planner you can set your goals and plan how you can achieve them

Here are a few tips for your own goal setting so that you are all set for the New Year:-

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  1. What do you want out of life?

It is very important to define your goals and your dreams. What do you really want out of life?

Financial security?

To build your own house?

A cake shop?

To be booked out every day?

Go on vacations when you like?

To buy land?

To live abroad?

To be able to invest?

For your children to go to a better school?

To expand your product line?

To hire staff?

What are your dreams and goals? What do you want?

Have you ever really sat down and thought through your life dreams and decided what you really want in this life?

What are your dreams?

Write down all of your dreams as you think of them. Don’t think of any as silly, stupid or foolish—remember—you’re dreaming! Just write all the thoughts that come to your head. 

Want to live in a 10 bedroom mansion by the sea? Write it down.

Want to be the No.1 cake maker in the world? Write it down.

Now, here is the vital bit.

Now prioritize those dreams. Which are most important? Which are most achievable? the most realistic.

You may have said I want to earn N100 million. Yes that will be great, but is it realistic?

Arrange them in the order you will like to achieve them.

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  1. Make Your Goals S.M.A.R.T

The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be to be SMART.

SMART just means that your goals should be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound
  • Specific

Your goal must be specific, clear and well defined. You need direction, so when writing your goals down, be as specific as possible. Don’t just say I want more customers.

A SMART goal is that by the end of each new month I will have gained 10 or more new customers.

You need to specify where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.

  • Measurable

At the end of each week, month, quarter you will need to measure your progress. So when setting your goals include precise dates, amounts, deadlines so you can measure your degree of success.

If your goal is simply defined as “To make more money in my business” how will you know when you have been successful?

A SMART goal will be to make at least N150,000 per month.

If at the end you do not make that sum, you can now think of ways of how you can increase your business so you can make that amount.

Whether it is by increasing your pricing or upping your marketing or maybe reducing your expenses.

Without a way to measure your success you will just be going through the motions and can miss out on actually knowing whether you have actually achieved something or not.

  • Attainable

Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will just be frustrated and give up. You should not just say you want 100 new customers in the first month.

A SMART goal will be I will focus on getting 2-5 new customers and once you have achieved that you can start increasing that number each month.

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  • Realistic

Please make your goals realistic. A goal should be something that that you can make real or can become a reality in our lives.

Many of us set goals that are not realistic. Yes, you should stretch yourself, but it has to be realistic.

So let say I want to make N10,000,000 by December 2019 and you are a home baker. Sorry to say this is not a realistic goal.

A SMART goal will be by the end of December 2019, I will have made N1,000,000 or more in profit. If you further break it down, that means you need to make about  N85,000 each month.

Please do not get me wrong, we should all set big goals, goals that will make us think outside the box, but it must be Realistic.

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  • Time-Bound

Your goals must have a deadline. You cannot be working in perpetuity. You should have an end date for all your goals.

In the examples above, you will have noticed that I have been inserting end dates such as month end, year end. You should do that to.

Each of your goals should have a time line attached to it.

As humans if there is no timeline, we will just get lazy or just forget about it. But if you know that you have to get those 5 customers by month end, believe me you will get your bum out of bed in the morning and look for those customers to come and buy your products.

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  1. Have an Accountability partner

Lastly to be more effective in achieving your goals. You need an accountability partner.

Once you have written your goals, share them with someone you trust. If you set a goal and only you know about it, you may not be very serious about it.

But if you have someone screaming in your ear reminding or asking you if you have made that sale, gone for that meeting, you will be more inclined to achieve that goal.

I know it might be daunting sharing your goals with someone. It can put you in a vulnerable state because they are knowing your inner most thoughts and desires, but please try to do this, because it works.

It can be your parent, your partner, sibling or friend, but share it with at least someone and probably someone you are afraid of a little. If you know you have to answer someone at the end of the day, you will push yourself more to achieve that goal.

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As we start this New Year, don’t expect to achieve all your goals. If you do, great but most will not achieve all the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. But do not let this keep you down.

The fact that you are working on your goals, makes you step closer to achieving them. You can achieve them this year, or next year.

Yes you may not get that monthly goal of 10 customers, but even if you get 3 or even 1, that’s something and you should really applaud yourself for that.

Just do something every day to make your dreams and goals come true.

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Whatever you do, take action and put this Goal Planner somewhere visible to you. You need to see it to remind yourself about your goals and what you need to do each day.

Make it part of your day to review your Goal Planner so you can monitor your progress.

I hope this Goal Planner will be useful to you.  Will love to hear from you, so comment below. 

If you want me to be your accountability partner, just comment below with your email address.

Also please feel free to share this blog and Goal Planner with others so they will have the help to achieve their goals.

Here is wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness May this New Year bring new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations in your life.

Have a wonderful and prosperous 2019.


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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.

A Sure Way On How To Get More Sales And Orders For Your Cake Business

I am always getting messages from bakers asking me how they can get more orders. They have done the social media thing, given out their business cards, told family and friends.

But they want more, they want something bigger. They want to be fully booked out for months. So that each month they have like up to 7 or more orders.

So how do they achieve this?

Sell Your Cakes At Outside Events.

What do I mean by this?

Outside Events include such things as selling your baked goods at, food fairs, food festivals, church fairs, markets, interhouse sports competitions in schools,, charity events, expos, trade fairs, musical shows, pta meetings, club events and so on. Anyplace that has a congregation of people in one place.

You can make a list right now of places you can sell your cakes. Start with your church or mosque and then move on to schools and then sponsored events.

Every or so month there is usually a fair or festival going on. Such as the GT bank food festival. Also churches nowadays hold charity events where you can purchase a booth for a low price and you can sell anything you want.

These events are great way to make your brand known and to sell directly to the people that matter.

Not convinced enough?

Here are some reasons why you should do outside events:

  1. You will make some much needed cash

Fine, you will not make millions, but if you are short of cash, you can make a few thousand of Naira just by selling some cupcakes and cakes. And after deducting the cost of the stall/booth and ingredients, you should have some tidy profit.

 

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  1. You will get new customers

You will get a steady stream of new customers who have never heard from you. So when they come upon your stall, you will have a chance to market to them. So you are reaching out to your target customers. You do not even have to wait for people to come upon your stall, go around the event with samples of your cakes and when they take a taste, give them your business cards.

  1. You can even take Bookings there and then

As people come to you to sample or buy your cakes, have your cake photo album/portfolio with you and tell them that that if they make an order now you will give them a discount.

This will encourage them to at least book a cake with you now instead of waiting to later when they might have forgotten you.

 

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  1. Great way to get people’s contacts

You can have a little notebook for people to write down their details. As they come to taste a sample or to buy, ask them politely if they can leave their name, phone number and email address. This way you will have their contacts and can contact them directly through your email or sms campaigns.

  1. It is an opportunity to promote your business

You are meeting your direct customer’s face to face so talk to them about your business. After they buy, give them your business cards and tell them that they can order online on your Facebook or Instagram or your website and that all the information is on your business card.

  1. Free Advertising

Most times, such events will be covered on social media or even newspapers, radio or even the church magazine or bulletins.

So this is free media and social media coverage for you. Also there is usually a photo wall at such events and your logo will be featured. Take pictures on that wall, encourage your friends and customers to take pictures eating your cake by your stall and post on social media.

 

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  1. You can run a raffle

If you want more participation and engagement. You can run a raffle where the winner will win a big cake. You can sell raffle tickets at the events for a minimal fee and make a grand display when announcing the winner.

This will generate interest and a crowd. Let someone be handing out your business cards or flyers to the people around.

 

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  1. You will get out of the house at last

If for nothing else it will give you a chance to get out of the house. We bakers are an introverted lot and we like nothing more than being in our cocoon. But we need to go out and be under the sunshine and meet people. So even if you do not achieve much, you will get much of the needed vitamin D and at least make some sales.


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Are you losing customers because you just increased your prices by just 5%?

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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.

 

How To Make More Profits In Your Cake Business Month In Month Out

We are in this business to make money. Yes we love baking, and yes sometimes it does feel like work. But in order to survive in this business you need to know how to make money.

Here are some ideas and tips on how you can be making profits in your Cake Business.

1. Understand Who Your Customers Are

You need to know your customers and what they want. Once you have that information, you use all your marketing tactics to target that customer base. If you are selling wedding cakes, you target brides and young couples; you have no business advertising to mothers.

If you are providing cakes for the lower end of the market, then you should be advertising and showing up in secondary schools and universities.

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2. Know How To Price Your Cakes

 You need to know how to price your cakes. You need to know the cost of ingredients, your labour time and how much profit you want to make.

Don’t let customers bully you to accept a low price, you are a skilled professional and should be paid as such. It is your business so you should be in charge of how much you price your cakes.

If Pricing is an issue for you, get my free pricing Guide here: http://www.subscribepage.com/r2l3a3

 

3. You Need To find A Product That Sells Well No Matter What

You need to find a product in your business that sells well. This has to be something that does not take a lot of time and is easy to make and brings in good money into the business.

For me this was when I started making Swirl Cakes. They take around 2 hours to make including the baking and they are inexpensive to produce too.
The good thing with these types of cakes is that they are ideal for most occasions.
          
What should you do?

The good thing about this type of method for you as a business is that they are speedy to make, and they sell for a good price.

To give you an example, for a 12” fondant cake with a floral theme I would charge N21,000. It would take me around 6-8 hours to make from scratch and the profit on this cake would be approx N9,000

A box of 12 cupcakes takes under 2 hours from scratch to make, costs no more than N3,000 to produce and sells for N8,000  making you a profit of N4,000                                    

However, I can make 3 Nos. 6 inch Swirl Cakes in the time it takes me to make that one fondant cake, netting me around N4,000 profit per cake.
If you’re savvy with your planning you can do this quicker and for slightly less cost too making your profits even better.

When you are able to do this for your products, your client is happy as you are providing options for them selecting different versions of the cake they want in terms of price.

 

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4. Know Your Business’s Peak Seasons

If you have been in business for a while, you should know what periods when you sell a lot of cakes. Do you sell more cakes during December which are the wedding and Christmas season? If this is so, you should plan for these by either getting more staff and making sure you have all the ingredients you need months before.

 

5. Don’t Offer Too Much Cake Varieties

You providing every type of cakes in every size, style and flavour will not make you rich. If you try and do this, you will be tired always, need a lot of ingredients and tools.

What should you do?

Instead choose a small range of cakes you will offer, for example if you have just a range of 3-4 products, you will have something to suit most clients. This doesn’t have to be restrictive at all but it does help you plan your time better.

For example you can offer boxed Cupcakes for the lower end of your pricing, then celebration cakes (birthday, anniversary, etc) for midrange pricing and, finally wedding cakes for the higher pricing market.

Your cupcakes can start from about N3,000, which are ideal for a small gifts.
Your mid-range celebration cakes can be from N10,000 for a 6 inch cake, these are cakes for bigger celebrations like a party or significant birthday.

Then finally your custom or  bespoke range is where your prices aren’t fixed as they are based on the hours that the cake will take you and the skill you will need to devote to it.

By having these distinct tiers of product your client will never be scared off by your pricing and if they would like a custom but haven’t got the budget then you have your celebration range to suit their needs and budget.

 

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6. Create Good Cakes

The best marketing you can do for your cake business is to make sure that your cakes are tasty and of high quality, that is, using quality ingredients.

Once your cakes are fabulous, you are certain that your customers will keep on returning and will spread the word.

They are a wealth of marketing strategies you can employ, which I regularly give you tips, but the starting point is that you have to have good cakes.

 

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7. Provide Excellent Customer Service

You need your customers coming back, so you need to give them a good experience all the time.

Deliver on time; answer all their questions in a pleasant way.

If there is a problem, solve it in a timely and with a smile. Customers remember the little things, and this helps you in retaining and keeping your customers.


 

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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.

Business Lessons From My Holiday At Disney World

For the past few weeks I have been on vacation. Went to London and Florida where I treated the kids to a few days in Walt Disney World.

Disney World has been described as the happiest place on earth and I thank God he has given me the means and opportunity to take my children as I know they will cherish these memories forever.

Going to Disneyworld is not cheap. From flights, to hotels and park tickets. It can cost a small fortune. And how was I able to afford this? It is from exactly what I am doing now. My business and not giving up on my dreams.

When we got to the themeparks I was wooed by the crowd. On that day alone, it was estimated that 60,000 people were visiting the Disney parks and it is not just tourists that visit the parks, the Florida residents themselves treat it as an ultimate vacation destination.

Almost everyone has heard of Disney, from their films, merchandise, characters, clothes, their resorts and parks. How did Disney become a household name?  Almost year round, people all over the world troop, plan and aspire to go to Disneyworld or Disneyland.

Disney world has been described as the happiest place on earth and I thank God he has given me the means and opportunity to take my children as I know they will cherish these memories forever.

While I was there enjoying my trip to the happiest place on earth I could not help myself observing business ideas which one can apply to one’s business. I’ll also offer some insight into how you can take these ideas and apply them to your business to see more growth in your business.

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1. Treat Your Customers Right

When you go to any Disney theme park, you are met with happy staff that are very much happy to help. Even if they are passing by, they will ask if you need any assistance. I remember one occasion in Epcot Centre I was taking a picture of my kids and my mum. Of course i too wanted to be in the picture so me and my mum took turns taking the pictures. A staff walking by asked to take our picture together. We didn’t even need to ask, she observed a problem and offered a solution.

To be successful in business you need to treat your customer right, from the moment they make an enquiry, to the moment you deliver including after sales service. Treat any complaints professionally. Don’t take your frustration out on the customer. Follow up, talk to them. Find out their needs and problems and try to offer solutions.

 

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2. Incorporate Different Pricing Tiers

If you’ve ever planned a trip to Disneyland, you know that the different pricing options can be a bit overwhelming.

There are different pricing packages, you can buy tickets to all the Disney parks or just a single park or buy tickets allowing you to visit multiple parks in a single day. There are even other packages where it includes hotel stays, princess makeovers and more.

So why does it have different pricing systems.

Because different people want different things, so it’s created a pricing structure to suit the pocket of different people so at least everyone  can experience the magic that is Disney whatever your pocket.

Does your business offer multiple pricing packages?

How do you do that?

Simply by offering 3 alternatives for the client.

 A budget option, midrange and expensive option.

 So you will be offering 3 alternatives to the inquiry, or example:

  1. Box of 12 cupcakes with butter cream icing is N5000.
  2. Small 8 inch round buttercream cake is N8,000.
  3. Fondant covered, 1 tier, 8 inch round cake is N15,000

Now with that, the customer feels they have options or a choice. To leave them when they say ‘Ah no that is really expensive’’ leaves them with no options at all.

But by spending an extra 1-2 minutes teaching and giving 3 alternatives, the customer is back in charge with now making a more informed choice, within their budget.

 

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3. Be Innovative

The Disney I visited as a child is not really the same when I visited with my kids. It is much better. They now offer fast track at certain times so you can skip the lines and simply go on the ride. You can check how long you’ll have to wait to go on a ride and so on. There are constantly looking for ways to improve their brand, business and customer satisfaction.

In your business you should continually be looking for things to make your customer experience better.  Get feedback from your customers on how you can improve their experience, then find innovative ways to solve their problem.

And lastly.

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4.     Never Give Up

Did you know that Walt Disney did not just become a success.  He started many companies that failed. Instead of giving in or giving up, Mr Walt Disney never gave up.

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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.