Getting more sales in your Cake Business

The Real Reason You Are Not Making Money In Your Cake Business

Okay you have finally taken the push and have started your cake business, maybe part or full time. You have done most of the necessary things. you have the passion You have done business card, printed fliers and have gone for training to improve your skills, but still you are hardly getting any orders.

And when you finally get an order, the customer prices your cakes so low that you are telling yourself what is the point.

If this is you, please continue reading.

The hustle is real but here are some mistakes you probably are making that is preventing you from making money.

 

1. You are Selling Cakes That People Do Not Want To Buy

Maybe you want to do something different, like maybe do different flavours of cake. Maybe you offer unusual flavours like beetroot, peanut butter, avocado, wheat germ, etc. Yes if you were abroad, you could get customers but here, there are few adventurous types in Nigeria.

So it’s best you stick to the common flavours like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, chocolate and red velvet. Maybe when you become more popular you can expand your product range after you have done enough research and offer those unusual cake flavours.

 

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2. Not Realizing You Are In Business

You are still seeing yourself as a hobby baker, even though people are paying you money for your cakes. Once money is exchanged, this is a business transaction even if you are selling to your sister or a close friend.

 As a business owner, things become different. You are now a professional baker and you should see and portray yourself as such.

3. Not Keeping Track of Expenses

 You have to keep track of what you are spending. You have to form this habit or keeping bookkeeping books and keeping receipts and not using your personal money to pay for cake stuff.

A helpful guide is a webinar I did- Booking Systems for Cake Businesses. Click here and here to watch. (Just send an email to cakelady@bakingbusinessschool.com.ng to get the password).

 

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4. Waiting For Customers to just Miraculously Appear

Customers are not going to magically appear. They just don’t fall from the sky. Yes it will be lovely if that happens. You have to go out there are find them. And that means you have to market your business to the hilt. If not you will just be staring at the sky. I have a Marketing Course that can help. Here are the details.

 

5. You Discount and Negotiate Too Much

Once a potential customer starts complaining about your price or question your pricing or do not immediately order, you start offering discounts.

I know especially when you first start and really want to make a sale you give discount, offer extras, and promise all sorts of things just to get that order.

The problem with this, is that I might set of a trend and sooner or later you will be known as the cheap baker and you will be working for next to nothing.

 

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6. You Are Not Confident

You are unsure of yourself or your skills. You still view yourself as a beginner or a learner. When you are describing your business or describing a cake you want to do for a customer, you do not talk in a confident tone. 

You do not own the conversation. You don’t give ideas and just accept whatever the customer wants. When you do this, people can tell that you are a learner, even though you may be the best baker in town. You are scared of charging high prices, you don’t sound confident about your skills, you can’t really articulate why someone should pick you to make their cakes over another brand, and you can’t say no to the customers who price you cheaply.

Need help? In the Ultimate Guide to marketing Your cake Business, it teaches you how to be more confident in your marketing. Click here for more details.

 

7. You Are A Jack Of All Trades

You are one of those people that have multiple businesses. You not only sell cakes, but also clothes, shoes, toys. You also are a network marketer.  You need to concentrate on one thing or at least a similar line of business. People will just get confused not knowing what exactly you do. In your profile you advertise all sort of stuffs. If you are serious about your cake business and want to make a success of it, then you should let go of the others and concentrate on cake.

Whew!

I’m going to stop at these reasons ( so I do not overwhelm you), but believe me there’s still so much more.

There are a lot of reasons you might not be making money, and my question is always this:

“What are you going to do about it?”

“Are you going to allow this your business that you are so passionate about go to waste? Because if you keep going from month to month without making money…it’s only a matter of time”

Let’s solve this problem together.

Let me help you make your money

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This course is a 30 day Masterclass program that will help you gain the confidence to price your cakes, how to market to get customers, how to price your cakes easily, how to deal with customers and also pricing system to have in place for your cake business so that you can build a profitable cake business.

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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 Get Repeat Business From Your Current Customers

Your Customer’s satisfaction should be at the top of your list of priorities when running your cake business. Of course, satisfying our customers begins with the incredible cakes that you offer them.

It is very important that you treat your best customers good which is a great way to increase your customer base. This is because people talk and word spreads fast. When customers are happy, they will tell their friends and family about your business.

The same thing applies for when a business makes customers unhappy. The bad reviews even spread faster.

So how can you ensure you never run out of customers? Well it is by making sure you always make your customers happy?

Here are 5 ways:

  1. Communicate With Your Customers

Whenever something new happens with your business, tell them. If you have a new product line, tell them.  It is a good idea to send your regular customers Newsletter emails. Your email list is a critical tool for maintaining and building relationships with your current customers and keeping in touch with them.

 

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  1. Use The Power Of Freebies

Who doesn’t enjoy getting something for free? It’s important to show your customers that you are grateful for their support, especially when it comes to your loyal customers. Offering some freebies and discounts can go a long way in ensuring our customers keep coming back. One of the best ways you can do that is to offer some type of reward for their loyalty.

You can also do a promotion where you tell your customers to leave positive stories about your business and in return they will get some kind of discount and a freebie. If your customers are openly engaging with your business or brand on a regular basis, you get free publicity.

Customers truly appreciate it when you show that you appreciate them! Christmas is always a good time to show appreciation to your customers.

Happy Customers = Happy Business.

 

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  1. Be Accessible

The speed at which you respond to your customers will determine if your customers will determine whether they were satisfied with your business or not.

Be sure to deliver what you set out to deliver. People hate waiting. If you tell your customers you will respond to give them a quote in 15 mins, make sure you keep to time. Make a policy to respond to any customers question or comment whether it is by phone, emails, or any of your social media accounts within 30mins or less.

Helping your customers solve any problem they have in a well-timed manner will go a long way in helping your business.

Also make sure you meet deadlines and keep your promises.

No one likes waiting around for cakes they have ordered. This is where communication plays a big role. If you can’t deliver on time, let your customer know in good time.

 

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  1. Offer Various Payment Options

Don’t force your customers to only pay by cash. Nowadays not everyone carries cash. It’s important that you provide your customers with the option to pay with either debit cards (so maybe you should invest in a POS machine), or cheque or bank transfer. You can even look at accepting payments through your website if you have one.

 

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  1. Create Bonds With Your Customers

Your customers don’t have to be your best friends. Get to know your customers by their names as well as some details about their lives (eg. birthdays, anniversaries, children’s birthdays), will go a long way in pleasing your customers.

So these are a few way you can ensure you don;t run out of customers. By finding new inventive and creative ways to keep your customers happy will ensure you have a customer for life which is great for any business.

If you can think of more ways, would love to hear them. Just comment below.

Let me help you make your money.


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The answer is …you need to get knowledge on how to sell sell your cakes to the right customers.

So i have done that for you.

I have complied a collection of superb mini courses from the Baking Business School secret stash.

These Mini Courses deal with different aspects of the cake business to help and guide you in making your cake business more successful and of course profitable.

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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.

5 Ways To Keep Your Customers Coming Back For Your Cakes

After you have made a sale, don’t just move on to the next potential customers. A customer just parted with their money for one of your cakes. So it is a good idea to keep them as a customer for life.

You should find ways to increase sales to your existing customers. It will be a lot cheaper than looking for new ones. Those existing customers have already tasted and paid for your cakes, so the hard work is already done.

Here are a few promotional ideas so that you do not lose customers and they keep on coming back for more of your awesome cakes.

1. Do not forget your customer

You should devote some time after a sale to reconnect with your customers. You can send them an email asking them if they enjoyed the cake they ordered. This is an opportunity for you to get feedback and also get a great testimonial which you can use for your social media or website by the way.

You could send them a voucher where they will get a discount for their next order, or you could simply send them monthly newsletters so that you will be on their mind often.

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2. Remember Things About Your Customer

Surprise your customers by remembering important details about them when you contact them. You do not need to know real personal details about your customers, it can be simple things like remembering their name, or their birthday or their spouse birthday or anniversary.

Once you have this information, you can contact them before the event and ask them if you can do the cake for their husband, or child’s birthday. It will be a surprise for them that you remembered and will take off the hassle of you dealing with last minute orders.

3. Make it Easy for customers to Contact you

If you have a website, make sure there is an area on all the pages of how hey can reach you, whether it is your phone number, or email or if you want them to order online. Do not make it difficult or hard for customers to know how to reach you.

If it is a Facebook Page you have, make sure at the top of that page are all the details of how customers can make there order. The same goes for your Instagram Page. Also, always respond in a very timely manner all your emails, social media enquirers or comments or missed calls. If you don’t you will be losing that customer.

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4. Say Thank You

A simple thank you goes a long way. Show appreciation for your customers. You can express your gratitude by emailing your customers after a sale with a Thank you message.

You can even do more like sending them a discount voucher or tell them to recommend you business to their friends and if that friend makes an order they will receive a free box of cupcakes.

5. Communicate

Want your customers coming back?Ask them. Talk to your customers. You can send out feedback forms or surveys. This will give you a lot of information of how you can improve your business. And once you have that information, implement it.

Have more ideas on how to keep your customers coming back? Will love to hear them. Just comment below.

 

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  • How to increase your prices without losing customers- so that you can stop losing money;
  • Tactics & Strategies to increase your prices;
  • How to communicate an increase in prices to your customers so that they can keep coming back
  • How to  convey value so your customers readily accepts any price increase;
  • How to turn an enquiry into a paying customer at the price you want without sounding desperate.

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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.

7 ways For Your Cake Business To Really Stand Out From Your Competitors

You know your cakes are great and you know you bake of the tastiest cakes in town, but what about the competition?

It’s fair to say that there are a lot of bakers out there, and for you to make good money in this industry you have to find a way to stand out from the crowd.

First of all.

It really doesn’t matter about what your local competition is doing. 

Because you can find something about you and your business that will make you to stand out from my competition. 

But How can you do that?

Here are 7 ways to creating a more profitable cake business and make you really stand out from the crowd

1. Create A Brand

Take some time to think hard about your target market, about who you want to sell to and who you want to attract and build your brand around that. Your brand is your logo, your designs or even your customer service. If you are selling to corporate organisations, your brand and image must be one that is professional and formal. If your target are mothers for example, your brand will still be professional but can be more informal.

2. Find your own Niche

What is a niche? A Niche denotes or relates to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population.

So why is finding a niche so important for your cake business?

Everyone loves cakes and that helps make it a growing market, which is good, but when you are just starting out in this business, this can be a problem.

So in order to make your cake business known in a rather crowded market, you need to find your niche.

Discovering your niche will help you set yourself apart from the competition.  This enables you have a clear area to focus on, to set a target customer base, plus it will help your customers know what you sell, which will help maximise your profits.

You might think that your customers are everyone. But if you think everyone is your customer, you are wrong. Because if you are selling to everyone, you are actually not selling to anyone.

But what niche should you choose, well that is up to you and what is your passion.

To know more about niches you can read more here:

https://bakingbusinessschool.com.ng/2017/01/18/finding-your-niche-for-your-cake-business/

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3. Find something of Value

This means giving your customers value for their money so they will keep coming back to you. Give your customers something extra so they know they are getting a good deal. It can be a discount off their next order, free delivery or a free box of cupcakes with any order of a certain amount? Offering value doesn’t have to cost a huge amount but it can ensure that your customers will remember you and want to order from you in the future.

4. Stay ahead in your Industry

Like everything else, cakes go through trends and fashions and they can change very quickly. Think about it. A few years ago, who knew cupcakes would be the in thing? The easiest way to keep yourself ahead of the trend is by looking on the internet to see the latest trends, developments and news in the cake industry .If you see something you like and no one else in is doing it. Be the first and add it to your product line.

5. Find ways to be Unique

Find something different about your business and yourself and market that. Be different, be daring and be inspirational. Create your own recipes, revive old recipes and put your personal stamp on it.

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6. Give good Customer service

One of the best ways to advertise your business is through word of mouth, and if your customers like you then they are going to let their friends and family know. So answer the phone with a smile, be friendly. Do more than what you promised. A happy customer goes a long way.

 

7. Focus on making Money

Focus on how you can make your income goals everyday. 

I focus on bringing in the money every day. Don’t care what the “competition” has on their menu, or websites, or what she’s working with. Because really, what she’s doing has nothing to do with you. 

When you focus on making your business better, you won’t have time to be worrying about the completion but find innovative ways to make money in your business.

I hope these  steps help you truly focus on your business instead of thinking about your local competition. 

Use these strategies and mindset shifts to help you earn more income in your business and not worry about the competition and look for unique and creative ways to market your business.


If you want to take that first step to making your cake business really stand out from the crowd, sign up to our Ultimate Guide To Marketing Your Your Cake Business Course and discover how it can make all the difference to your business.


 

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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

The No. 1 Way to Get More Orders For Your Cake Business

Just the other day I got a tearful phone call from a baker lamenting that she has not had an order for months and is thinking of giving up. She said she only got one order after many months, but after this order she has nothing. She was frustrated and fed up.

She said she has tried everything but nothing seems to work.

I could sense the sorrow In her voice and I knew how she was feeling. We spent the next half hour coming up with a strategy on how she could market herself more. From our conversation, we found out that was neglecting a prime and sizable customer base.

So I came up with a strategy for her to tap to this market that she never knew she had. After the conversation, she had a plan in place and is so much hopeful for the future.

I know having a cake business can be challenging. To get more cake orders you may have tried Facebook or Instagram, Selling to family and friends, and all the other ways you can increase your cake sales. 

But let me tell you something, being on social sites is good for your business but will not translate to sales if you have not yet built a brand .If people do not know, like and tryst you, you can spend all your marketing budget on Facebook and Instagram ads but you will see you will hardly get orders

Those things are good to add authenticity and set you up as a legitimate business but may not add to customers.

So do you want to know the No. 1 BEST strategy to increase your cake orders?

Not only does this strategy works but it’s totally free.

So what is this wonderful strategy, you may ask?

Well it’s NETWORKING. 

You can’t expect to just sit at home and expect orders to come. You cannot grow your business like that.

The Importance of Networking

Selling your cakes is the only way you are going to make money.

Networking is a great strategy to increase your orders and grow your business. People knowing about your business happen through people. The more people who know who you are, the more orders you will get.

Yes, I admit, networking is scary. But you have to try and overcome this fear about telling people about your cakes.

Let me tell you why and how Networking will Increase your Cake Orders.

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  1. THE WORD OF MOUTH STRATEGY

Think about this, before we buy something from a business, most probably a friend or someone would have told you about that business. Like if you like going out to eat, before you try a new restaurant, someone would have recommended that place.

That is just how we humans are. We need proof, we need recommendations. That is why most companies have testimonials, reviews, and reports of what other people have said about them.

When you have a number of people telling others about your cake business, for you, for free – sharing to their customers how awesome you are, you are guaranteed more orders surely.

So why don’t you start getting feedback from your customers. After a sale, ask them how they liked the cakes and screen shot their response on your social media sites.

Encourage your customers to recommend your business by giving them outstanding customer service in addition to your tasty cakes. You can even go further by telling them that if they recommend you to someone and that person makes an order they will get a free box of cupcakes or a discount on their next order.

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  1. EXPAND YOUR NETWORK 

When you are building your network of people or contacts, don’t just talk to people in your locality or your circle, expand your network to event planners like party and wedding planners.

Talk to them to include your business in their books. Tell them that you will give them a percentage for any booking you get through them. 

This way, they will be talking about and recommending you. Again the more people who talk about you, the more people know about you, the more orders you will get.

  1. YOUR CAKE BUSINESS BECOMES A TRUSTED brand 

When your cake business has a great reputation, people will see that and will talk moreabout your business

The more people who trust you, the more people will like and recommend you, so in essence, you will get more orders.

So building your reputation is a must which comes from expanding your network.

As you continually to do this, you will reap the benefits in the long run. 

However, don’t expect this to work overnight. Building your cake business is a long and steady process. 

So this is a guaranteed way to get more orders. Talk to people, planners, and business contacts, give out your business cards, and make yourself known through social media. And you will soon be reaping the benefits of having a money making cake business. 

Now tell me, how do you network in your cake business? Will love to hear from you. Just Comment below and let me know what strategies work for you! 

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I will show you how you can increase your cake orders and charge the prices you want. 

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In this Course it will show how to create a profitable cake business month after month, how to market your business, attract better paying clients, and also have the confidence to charge the prices you want and much more.

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Introducing Young Bakers Academy- Nigeria’s Premium Baking School for Children

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Baking Business School is proud to present The Young Bakers Academy, Nigeria’s premium Baking School for children.

Young Bakers Academy is a unique and premier children’s baking school. 

Our mission is to teach children the joy and value of baking. We provide an interactive learning experience that gives your children the opportunity to develop skills in the art of baking, cake decorating, sugar craft and pastries.

We are offering Baking classes in Christmas and Cookie decorating in locations around Lagos.

To book a slot just call/ whatsapp the cakelady at 0803 319 3375 or email at cakelady@bakingbusinessschool.com.ng

For more information about The Young Bakers Academy and to see our Calendar of events for December 2017, please head to our website at https://bakingbusinessschool.com.ng/baking-classes-for-kids/

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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 Ensure You Never Run Out Of Customers for Your Cake Business

Your Customer’s satisfaction should be at the top of your list of priorities when running your cake business. Of course, satisfying our customers begins with the incredible cakes that you offer them.

It is very important that you treat your best customers good which is a great way to increase your customer base. This is because people talk and word spreads fast. When customers are happy, they will tell their friends and family about your business.

The same thing applies for when a business makes customers unhappy. The bad reviews even spread faster.

So how can you ensure you never run out of customers? Well it is by making sure you always make your customers happy?

Here are 5 ways:

  1. Communicate to your customers

Whenever something new happens with your business, tell them. If you have a new product line, tell them.  It is a good idea to send your regular customers Newsletter emails. Your email list is a critical tool for maintaining and building relationships with your current customers and keeping in touch with them.

  1. Never undervalue the power of freebies.

Who doesn’t enjoy getting something for free? It’s important to show your customers that you are grateful for their support, especially when it comes to your loyal customers. Offering some freebies and discounts can go a long way in ensuring our customers keep coming back. One of the best ways you can do that is to offer some type of reward for their loyalty.

You can also do a promotion where you tell your customers to leave positive stories about your business and in return they will get some kind of discount and a freebie. If your customers are openly engaging with your business or brand on a regular basis, you get free publicity.

Customers truly appreciate it when you show that you appreciate them! Christmas is always a good time to show appreciation to your customers.

Happy Customers = Happy Business.

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  1. Be accessible.

The speed at which you respond to your customers will determine if your customers will determine whether they were satisfied with your business or not.

Be sure to deliver what you set out to deliver. People hate waiting. If you tell your customers you will respond to give them a quote in 15 mins, make sure you keep to time. Make a policy to respond to any customers question or comment whether it is by phone, emails, or any of your social media accounts within 30mins or less.

Helping your customers solve any problem they have in a well-timed manner will go a long way in helping your business.

Also make sure you meet deadlines and keep your promises.

No one likes waiting around for cakes they have ordered. This is where communication plays a big role. If you can’t deliver on time, let your customer know in good time.

  1. Offer various payment options.

Don’t force your customers to only pay by cash. Nowadays not everyone carries cash. It’s important that you provide your customers with the option to pay with either debit cards (so maybe you should invest in a POS machine), or cheque or bank transfer. You can even look at accepting payments through your website if you have one.

 

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  1. Create bonds with your customers

Your customers don’t have to be your best friends. Get to know your customers by their names as well as some details about their lives (eg. birthdays, anniversaries, children’s birthdays), will go a long way in pleasing your customers.

So these are a few way you can ensure you don;t run out of customers. By finding new inventive and creative ways to keep your customers happy will ensure you have a customer for life which is great for any business.

If you can think of more ways, would love to hear them. Just comment below.

 

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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 Your Cake Business Stand Out From The Crowd (Vol II)

I did a post on this topic some time back. You can read it here. But I still get a lot of emails from bakers asking how they are able to create a niche for themselves. So that is why i decided to revisit  and expand this post and add some more tips on how you can make your cake  business stand out from the numerous bakers out there.

 

1. Know your Brand

A strong brand will help your customers remember you.  Branding is not just about your logo or the colours you use or how your website is, it also translates to how you treat your customers and how you portray your business.

 

2 Give great  customer service always

They say in Nigeria, we don’t know about customers service. How may times have you been to an eatry or a supermarket and the workers don’t smile and if you ask for their help, it is like you are disturbing them.

So be an exception to the rule. No matter how you feel, give great customer service. Answer your work phone with a smile, listen to the customers. Yes, you will come across some customers that are demanding, or even rude. But, ultimately, the relationship you have with your customers is what’s going to keep them coming back for more.

So go the extra mile for your customers. They are paying you after all.

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3. Create a Niche for yourself

Think about where you position yourself in the industry. Are you good at making novelty cakes, or wedding cakes or fat free cakes. Do you only use a special type of ingredient that makes your cakes so scrumptious? Think about something that makes you unique form others and use that feature to market your business. Think about what you want to be known for? For example, you could be known for making awesome cupcakes and call yourself the Cupcake Queen.

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4. Make them an offer they cannot refuse

Make an offer to our customers that will make them come back for more. You could do a special deal on pastries, cupcakes or a special discount for birthday cakes.

 

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5. Offer something of value

It is worth offering something extra to your customers. It does not have to cost you a lot of money to do this. You can just simply give existing customers a discount off their next order,  or maybe give them free delivery or you can give a free birthday card with every birthday cake? Little things like this will  can ensure that your customers keep coming back to order from you again.

 

6. Have Social media skills

Your business needs to be online. Use your website and social media to your advantage. Engage with your customers on social media.

If you aren’t confident with on how you can market effectively using social media – fear not! Join the waiting list here to be part of a Course to teach you how to market, price, plan and sell your cakes.

 

7. Market what makes you different

Whatever makes you unique of different from the others, don’t just keep it to yourself. Shout it loud. Tell this to all you potential and existing customers. The only way you can stand out from the crowd is telling your customers so.

 

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8. Try something different

Why don’t you be different from the norm. Expand your product line and do different type of cake designs. Do something that is totally different from what is out there. And when you do market it superbly on social media.

 

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9. Enter cake competitions

This is a great exposure for your brand, and you don’t have to win. Just need to enter. When you enter cake competitions, there is always press and you can take pictures for your website. So this will show people that you are a serious cake business owner and your brand can sky rocket. It will also help you to improve your networking and presentation skills.

If you are struggling with getting customers for their cakes, I have designed an online course that will 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.

I know selling your cakes is a major struggle for most bakers, so this November I will be launching an Online Course that will show you how to sell your cakes so that at least you can earn some money for Christmas.

If  you think you will be interested in this Course, when it comes out, just enrol below, and you will be put on the waiting list, so you will be informed before anyone else when the Course is launched.

Also by enroling, you will also get a free gift which is a free resource guide on hoe to price your cakes and cupcakes.

Just click on this link here to be on the waiting list or just register for the Free pricing Guide below.

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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


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How To Get People To Buy Your Cakes

In order for your cake business to thrive, you need to find the right customers for your business.

Selling to the appropriate customers may be obvious, but many cake business owners struggle to find the right way to convert potentials or people who enquire about your cakes to customers.

Identifying customer buying habits is an essential part of marketing and growing your business. So, how do you figure out why customers buy your cakes?

This blogpost aims to explain customer buying habits to help you figure out why people buy cakes and how you can get them to buy your delicious treats.

 

 

By examining the buying habits of your customers, you’ll be better able to build a marketing plan that taps into the buying habits of your target customer which would eventually drive more sales.

So how do you do this?

You have to know how to make them buy from you

 

The psychology in this are called marketing triggers and i will tell you the emotional marketing triggers that determine why people buy cakes.

Emotional Marketing Triggers that Determine Why We Buy Cakes

When you understand the marketing triggers that make people buy then you can sell more. And you can find more eager customers.

Our emotions trigger us to buy

Don’t make the mistake thinking that people buy what they need. People buy what they want.  We are driven by their emotions.

If you understand the emotional reasons why your customers buy cakes then you can begin to trigger these emotions when you are talking to your customers or when you are marketing your cakes.

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1. Love 

What do your customers love? It might include their family, children, business, career, culture, hobbies, books, personal time etc. Do they buy from you for one of these loves? If so how can you recognize and encourage others with the same love? 

Love is a powerful emotion. We do strange things when in love and in the name of love. People will shower their loved ones with beautiful and expensive gifts.  So you can use love to sell your cakes, like during vals day or birthday cakes for loved ones.

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2. To show off

Yes we all should be humble, but sometimes people wanting to show off can be good for your business. Some people like to throw elaborate parties and the reason they do this is to show people their wealth, their home, etc. So you can tap into that if you do over the top , extraordinary and elaborate cakes that no one else does. So your cakes can cater to these sort of people.

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3. Guilt
 

Often it might be hard to know the real reason someone buys something for someone or gives a gift. Was it love or guilt? “Is guilt the real reason behind spending a lot of money on Christmas, Valentines and Mothers’ Day?” 

Can the guilt of not buying motivate your potential customer into buying your cakes? Can you use guilt to sell your cakes? Like saying in your marketing campaign something like ‘when was the last time you bought your precious wife or mum a gift, someone who has loved you and nurtured you,  then buy your mother a mother’s day cake or this lovely cake’.

There are also other  emotional triggers like Fear, greed and pride, but i don’t think they relate to selling cakes much

So I hope i have given you some ideas in your marketing campaigns.

Marketing is only effective if it reaches the right people.

Identifying the things that influence buying decisions enables you to leverage these factors to reach more customers.  Once you understand all these, you will be more successful when you market and sell to potential customers.


 

I will love to hear from you. How do you think you can use these emotional triggers to help you in your cake business?

Please share this post to your fellow bakers. I am sure they will get tremendous benefit from this information.

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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 Find The Right Customers For Your Cake Business

Another week is upon us albeit a rainy one in my part of the world.

It was the first day of school for my kids and they were so excited to be starting a new class.

They woke up early, ready to wear their new school uniforms and couldn’t wait  to head to school with their new bags. Their excitement was certainly infectious.

Looking at them, I wonder why we adults get apprehensive or scared when we encounter a new thing. We get scared to start a business, to leave a job, to chase that customer or contact, to make that phone call or to take that course. So why can’t we be like little children and go with excitement for any new venture.

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So in today’s blogpost, I want to tackle a topic which is very dear to us Bakers and that is getting customers.

So how do we get customers? Well first we need to find the right customers.

Attracting the ‘right kinds of customers,’ does not happen by accident nor does it happen by just creating great looking and tasteful cakes and thinking that they will just come.

The way to get the kind of customers you want can be done by going through 3 steps:

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Step 1: figure out who these people are. 

You need to know in great detail the profile of your ideal clients.

 Your ideal clients are the people you want to order from you or to come to your shop.

So think about this.

Are these people  going to be women, mothers. professionals, people around your neighbourhood? How old are they? What kind of event are they usually planning? What type of cakes can they afford? What type and flavour of cake do they order? Where do they shop for their groceries? Do they throw parties often? You need to have a profile in your head of your customer.

And while you are doing this, you have be realistic with your expectations. Just because there is a ready market out there for a particular type of cake, does not mean that you should do those type of cakes.

If you hate doing wedding cakes, then your ideal client is not a bride. Similarly, if you’re a beginner and you’re building your skills up, your ideal client may not be a person who wants like complicated cake designs

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Step 2: Figure out how they might find you.

Think like your ideal customer. Think about where would they go to find out about your cake business?

What might they expect to find when they come across your website or shop? What do you think they would  be looking for on your website – would it be pricing information, your cake pictures or your contact info to make an order

Do some research on brands that are in a similar to yours (or where you want your business to be like in the future.) If the kind of people who buy from LV or cake shops like Cakes by Tosan are the clients you want to buy from you, go and look at how they attract clients. Where and how are they advertising,, what extra service do those companies offer?

Search and check out the website of the most expensive bakery you know  even if it’s not in Nigeria. What’s the overall look of their website? What does their packaging look like? A place like Shoprite advertises and prices entirely differently to Cakes by Tosan just like a gourmet cupcake shop would advertise differently to a chain bakery.

All of them manage to be in business so please do not think that your only choice is to be for rich people. 

 

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Step 3: Be that kind of business your customer wants  

Sometimes you may be asking yourself why , “Why do people think I make cheap cakes? I am not Shoprite. If this is so, then look at your business especially pictures of your cakes. If your cakes (while you thinking it looks nice) are photographed not very well or on a messy table, or the pictures are dark or, you don’t have a website.

I’m pretty sure successful cake companies do not do that. Suppose your ideal client is a bride with a lot of money to spend. She’s going to be looking at your business based on what your website looks like. She will be looking at your cakes photos , your reviews, and what customers you have worked with.

Still on brides, when she was coming for a consultation, did you give her samples of your cakes wrapped in plastic, or did you serve them to her on a lovely plate with some nice cutlery?

 If you gave her a sample box to take home, was it in those cheap plastic transparent containers or maybe you just put it in a nylon bag, or did you put it in a white box with a nice ribbon tied around it.

Another example is that if you make children’ cakes and your target market are mothers, did you have a box of books and toys for her kids to play with while you consulted with her? Do you provide free birthday candles with every cake?  Do you offer free delivery to save her the wahala of coming to pick it up? 

Your ideal customers do not just fall from the sky – they know to come there because you’ve told them to come to you, and they stay with you because you give them exactly what they want.

If you want to stop attracting cheap customers, stop acting like a cheap cake business.

So here is wishing you a lovely week. Make it a goal today to do something you have been avoiding so you can attract the right customers.


 

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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.