How to start a cake business

How To Get More Cake Orders

Today we are talking about how to get more cake orders for your cakes. I mean this is the way how you are going to make money.

 

Simple-Tell your friends and family that you are taking cake orders

If you want more cake orders. Then you have to tell people. A good way to start is with your family and friends.

Ask them do they have a birthday or celebration coming up to get them to order from you!

Note – Because they are family, don’t let them bully you in baking for free or for a low price!  You are in business. However, you can give them something free such as some cupcakes.

 

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Share on your Facebook Business Page

If you have a Facebook business page. Share on your Page that you are taking cake orders!  Here’s a good example:

” Bose Cake and Bakes are now taking your cake orders. Do you have a birthday or party coming up? Order Now and get a 6 cupcakes free (on orders over N20,000)”.

If you feel you are not getting enough reach, why don’t you boost your Ad. For just $5, your advert will be seen by a whole lot more people. So give it a try (make sure you add a nice picture and your contact details).

 

 Facebook Groups

This is another way to advertise on Facebook. You can advertise your cakes on other groups. Look around for Facebook Groups where your ideal client hangs out and join those groups and talk about your business.

To go one step higher, you can offer an incentive for them so that they can come over to your own business Facebook page to place an order.

Note – some Facebook Groups do not allow advertisements, so check out the groups rules and regulations so that you do not get kicked out of the group.

 

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 Share with your Email Contacts

Create a pretty newsletter and send it to everyone on your email list.
And you can say something like this:

” Hello, I have a free gift for you. Order your cakes at Bose Cakes and Bakes and get a free box of cupcakes (on orders over N20,000)”.

 

Sell Your Cakes in Churches /Schools /Food Fairs

You do not have to wait at home for an order. You can go out and sell your cakes. Your church is a good starting point. Also schools during their PTA or sports day is really good. Here you will be able to personally tell people about your cake business, they can sample the cakes you have to offer and they can also buy or order from the spot from you.

So do not be shy, approach churches and schools around your area and ask if you can sell your products at their premises. 

Note – make sure you have business cards to give out.  

 

So those are some ideas you can try out this week, to boost your sales. I will love to hear about your experience. So comment below to tell me how it goes or if you want to ask me any cake business question.


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me16Rotimicakelady is your personal cake fairy. She is a cake business consultant and Coach.

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

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

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

 

7 Tips For Starting Your Successful Cake Business

 

Here are some of the key Tips I would recommend:

 Tip 1: GET CAKE TRAINED

If you really want to build your cake business, then you need to take your cake business seriously so that it can be a major source of your income. You will need to educate yourself and get trained. I sometimes find that hobby cake makers may be very good at baking but their cake decorating may not be the best.  

I always recommend you take a course or attend a few trainings on cake decorating and sugarcraft. There are loads of cake training in Lagos, just do an internet search on them.

Getting a cake decoration certification can also boost your personal brand. You may think you are good and you may be right, but there is nothing wrong in adding to your cake skills. Once trained, Practice, Practice, Practice. Keep pushing yourself and continue learning new skills.

The best people to test your cakes on are family and friends who are also very good at spreading the word about your new cake business.

 

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 Tip 2: FIND AND DEVELOP A NICHE

Pick which cakes you want to focus on, whether it is cupcakes,children’s cake, wedding cakes, desserts or something else.

Having a niche can help you develop your cake company’s brand and even choose the right name to stand out from other cake businesses. Think about what makes you different from other cake businesses. Is there something that you can do that others do not?

Think about it.

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 Tip 3: PRICING

Pricing your cakes can be one of the hardest things when running a cake business. The most important things is to work out your pricing structure. It needs to be realistic and take into account your time. There are so many methods to pricing your products that you may get confused.

One quick and very simple way is to calculate the price for your cake is to add up the cost of ingredients then add about 30-50% to it, so this will cover your labour, indirect costs and some other things you forgot to include, or you could do some research and see what others are charging and then your price will be at the middle range.

Please please please, try and do not undercharge your cakes.

Also it is essential to research the industry and your market. This will help towards your pricing too.

I will be launching my pricing Course this October, so keep on reading my blog, so you don’t miss out on this Course.

 TIP 4: REGISTER YOUR CAKE BUSINESS

If you are serious to taking your cake business to the top. The next step is to make it legal and register your cake business name with the Corporate Affairs Commission. Just because you have been operating under a particular name for some time and people know you under a name which has not been registered, that does not confer legal ownership of such business name on you.

Once registered, it’s a good idea to have a corporate account for your cake business and also register your business with the tax authorities so you can get a tax identification number.

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TIP 5: BUILD A WEBSITE

Having a website is the key to marketing your business and it’s the simplest place for your potential customers to see pictures of your cakes.

If you’re not sure how to set one up, do an internet search on creating a website where you will find lots of easy templates.

If you need help setting up a website, here is a link on how to an create your own WordPress website.

 TIP 6: MARKETING

Once you’re up and running, marketing is one of the most important things to get your cake business out there. For example, Business cards, fliers, word of mouth, a portfolio of your work to show to prospective clients, and contacting local and national press are all low-cost ways of advertising about your brilliant cakes.

The use of social media is It’s a great way of spreading the word about your business. Twitter, Instagram. Pinterest  and Facebook are free and easy-to-use marketing tools.

If you need help on how to market your cakes, take a look at this Marketing Course.

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 TIP 7: KNOW WHAT CAKES AND FLAVOURS YOU WILL BE SELLING

So now you have done the above, start testing out some recipes and once you have picked the few you like, stick to it. One of the reason people buy your cakes is for the taste and you don’t want to be experiencing a different taste anytime they buy your cakes. So be consistent with the recipe you use.

And that is it. Did you find this article useful, Please leave a comment below (would love to hear from you) or if have any questions. I am here to help.

 

If You Are Still Getting The Same Results, Why Don’t You Make A Change?

Inspite of my busy schedule I try to read at least 2 new books in a month. I started this when i heard that millionaires read at least 30 books in a year. Usually I like to read historical romance’s but since i have started by business journey i only read business or self-help books that will help me improve my business and teach me how to manage my money.

I promised myself that once I hit my income goal, I will treat myself to a holiday and a trashy romance novel.

As you know I have launched my Pricing your cakes right to build a profitable cake Business Course. I put my heart and soul in this course and in the launch. I got a lot of interest for it, but was disappointed in responses when it came to payment.

It is just perplexing to me that here is a solution to most bakers problems and yet they are not taking action.

Anyway, this past week I have been reading ‘Secrets of the Millionaire Mind’ by T. Harv Eker. While reading this book it brought about some home truths to me.

In this Course I have just launched I have prepared an answer to most bakers and cake business owners problems. And it just amazes me when people just pass it by. A few years ago if I had come across a course like this I would have jumped at the chance, no matter how much it costs.

We need to realize that ”if you continue to keep on what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got”- Jim Rohn

That is why I created this course, my goal is for you to learn more so that you can have a better business. When you learn something new, you have a new way of thinking, new actions, and therefore new results.

That is why it is very important that you continue to learn and grow.

An author once said ‘ the learners will inherit the earth while the learned will be beautifully equipped to live in a world that no longer exist’- Eric Hoffer

In essence this means that if you don’t create the habit of learning on a regular, you will be left behind.

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I cannot think of the numerous courses, seminars, books and training’s that I have done. I have spent thousands and thousands of Naira on them. It is not like if I have millions of naira in my account yet, or that I’m waiting till I’m a multimillionaire before I pay for these courses, But I never see it a cost, but rather as an investment. I know that even if I learn just one thing that will make my business improve, then I know it is worth it.

If you are in business and you are doing the same thing and not making money, then sorry to say you are doing something wrong and maybe it’s time you try something new.

We all know the definition of insanity which is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

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In the Eker book he said ‘some people claim they can’t afford to get educated due to lack of time and money. On the other hand, rich people relate to a quote by Benjamin Franklin, which says that  ”if you think education is expensive, try ignorance’’.

And I find this very true. When I launch a course, I find it curious that it is usually the people who are struggling or are broke that say; ‘ I don’t have money or ‘ I don’t need this course or I don’t have the time. While  it is those who are actually making a headway in their business or those who are serious and determined to be a success that will find the money to pay for courses., because they know that if they can learn something that they can use to improve there business, it is all worth it in the long run.

Mr Eker also said ”if you don’t have time to do the things you want to do or need to do, you’re most probably a modern slave. And if you don’t have the money to learn how to be successful, you probably need it more than anyone’’.

If you come across an opportunity for someone to teach you how to run a profitable cake business and you are saying I don’t have money. What is going to be different in 1, 2 or 5 years down the line? I am going to tell you this for free, the answer is nothing. You’ll be saying the same thing at that time.

This is by no means a curse; you have got to know that for you to make money you have to LEARN how to make money for your business. You have to learn how to market, price, selling and brand your products right. You need to learn the skills, strategies and methods on how to have a money making cake business.

As cake business coach it is my passion, my goal to train and teach and show you how to have a profitable cake business, so you can move from whatever level you are on now to the ultimate level.

This past week I got booked to make a cake for over N100k. And it is not a wedding cake. As I said before, I have scaled down by business to concentrate on Cake business Owners Club so I tend to only get about 3-5 orders a month. This gives me time for my coaching business and courses and before I take an order it has to be worthwhile. I no more take orders for less than N30k unless it is for family or close friends.

How was I able to structure my business in this way. It was by investing my time, money and energy in learning how to do this.

Success is a learnable skill.  You can learn to succeed at anything. Your cake business can be a success.

So if you find someone or something that can teach you, you should grab such opportunity with both hands.

The more you learn, the more you earn… and you can take that to the bank’ – T. Eker

 


The Pricing your Cakes Right to Build A Money Making Cake Business Masterclass is still partially open. You can get more details and all the modules covered in the Courses here.

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me3Rotimicakelady is your personal cake fairy. She is a cake business consultant and Coach.

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

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

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

Just Start

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On a daily basis I get a lot of email and messages from bakers, cake business owners or just hobby bakers asking me questions or just telling me about their experiences. I love receiving  emails from all of you. I appreciate your encouragement, feedback and i always try to help in any way i can for those who have questions.

I also get a lot of emails from women especially those who are contemplating starting a cake business, but month after month they are still at home doing nothing, depending on others for money .

And I ask why are you not earning money doing something. You say you like baking and want to start a cake business, so why haven’t you done anything about it?

And i keep hearing the same thing, 

‘I don’t have money to start a cake business’;

I don’t have capital to buy equipment’;

‘when I get money I will start’;

‘ I don’t have money to register the business’;

‘There is no one to train me’;

‘I cannot afford to go for training’;

and so on.

My dear, all those things are just excuses,I do not mean to be harsh, but if you are saying those things now. You will see that this time next year you will still be in the same spot and have achieved nothing and still be saying I don’t have money to start.

Money is not an excuse.  You are the one making the excuses.

If you want something, you’ve got to be committed.

You don’t have money to start a cake business. To start a cake business you do not need thousands of Naira.

Just start.

With N5,000-N8,000 you can buy ingredients, bake some cupcakes, make your own cakes boxes ( You can go online to see how this is done) and sell batches of 4 or 6 cupcakes for like N2,000 or N3,000. Just sell them to family and friends. You will see in no time you would have recouped your investment and will have some money to either buy some equipment, pay someone to teach you or even to register your cake business.

It is hardly the case that someone will just give you N100,000 Gbam to start a business. 

You have to start from somewhere.

You say you have no one to train you. Have you gone out and asked. I am sure an aunty of a friend of a friend can offer to train you for free. Have you gone online to seek for free training classes. A few weeks back the Lekki International Cake Fair held its annual event and some of the baking classes were free. Have you gone on YouTube and watched all the numerous baking training videos. Do you read baking blogs?

When i knew i wanted to start a cake business, i knew i needed training.  I really wanted to learn the  Wilton training. I think it was N20,000 at that time for the level 1 training. But i had no funds.

So i just went on Youtube and watched videos and practiced. With the little knowledge i had i started selling cupcakes to just people I knew at first. My cakes were far from perfect, but it still sold. Soon i was able to raise the N20,000 for the training. 

And when i wanted to go for another training, I will just sell and sell.

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This were the cupcakes i sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So don’t think you have to be one expert cake maker to start selling your cakes.

Just start.

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I am a great believer in setting goals. Without Goals how will you know where you are going. if you want to achieve something. put it down in writing . And set a plan for how you will achieve it. And each day do something, no matter how little to achieve that goal.

Don’t let 2017 roll by and you are still waiting for one windfall to come  before you start your cake business or any business you want to do. 

You can become financial independent. 

Just start doing something with what you have.

Just Start.


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

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

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

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

Why I Think You Should Start A Cake Business

Starting your cake business can be a cake dream to some people.

I was so scared when I took the plunge to resign from my job and start my cake business. I had no business experience and I learnt a lot on the job. I made a LOT of mistakes. But you know what. I was happy. I was working from home, earning money, and most importantly I was spending time with my children.

So if need extra convincing to take that leap to starting your cake business, here are a few reason you should: 

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You have a passion for cake

Do you spend a lot of time thinking about cake? Do you love all those baking shows on Food Network? Sometimes you can’t wait to close from work or  at the weekend to try out a new recipe. Do you bring cakes and cupcakes to your friends and colleagues at work? You may have even spent some time looking into what it would take to start a cake business but not sure where to start.

Then my dear, you are on the right track to having a cake business.

You have the passion, then go for it.  Life is too short to be spent regretting. 

Stop making excuses, why are you working for another man’s or woman’s business,when you can be building your own?

If you have a job that you hate, where you spend half of the day in traffic, being with people you don’t like day after day, then you need to do something about that.

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Do it Afraid

Left to you, you can come up with 50 different ways why you don’t want to do this. It is because you are afraid. The uncertainty of the ‘What if.

What if i fail. What if no one buys my cakes, What if i am not good enough.

Instead replace that negative thinking with What if i am a success, What if i have so many orders that i have to turn some down, What if i make so much money that i can now buy that industrial oven

Do you know what is the No. 1 regret of the elderly?- Not doing something because they were afraid.

I spent years working as a lawyer in a job I had no passion for. I dreaded going to work each morning and being away from my children.

Yes we don’t know what the future holds. They are no really   safety nets. But you need to to take a step. Once you start, you will realise that it was silly hesitating.

So even though you are afraid. Do it Afraid.

You will be a Goal Crusher

People always say that when you want to achieve something you should write them down. So if you want to learn something or acquire a business skill, or want to start or grow your business,set it as a goal and crush it.

 Once you realize you can accomplish this huge task of starting your own cake business  you will see all the other goals will be a breeze.

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You Will Become Ms. Cake Boss Lady

You will finally be your own boss, have your own hours, be able to dictate your hourly rate, plan your holidays and spend more time with family and friends.

Yes it is going to be handwork. Infact a lot of hard work but you will see that you will enjoy it so much that it will not be like work. 

Once you know how to price right, market and promote your cakes, network, then you business will continue to grow to greater and greater heights.

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You will become more smart

When I first started my cake business I had no idea how to run a business. I was like a headless chicken running around. I had no order book, i didn’t know how to track my orders, I didn’t know how to price my cakes and i will go to the supermarket nearly everyday to buy suppliers.I used to deliver cakes and wait ages for payment.

I was so fed up so I was forced to change. I needed to come up with a system. So I started makings lists, made order forms, had a diary , made note of costs of ingredients, noted the time it took to make and decorate a cake, and learnt how to charge appropriately and made sure that the customer paid me at least a deposit before i started making the cake.

So i got smarter, by putting systems in place i was able to run my business more efficiently and organised.

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You will become an avid learner

When you start your cake business you will start to see that you don’t know a lot. So its good to make a list of skills you don’t know and make an effort to learn them.

And once you get the hang of learning, you will want to learn more and more. Both from paid and free resources like… YouTube, Google and Facebook.

You can find the answer to almost any question on the Internet, so Instead of sitting around feeling defeated and frustrated because you don’t know how to do something, just go to the internet to find out the answers or find someone who can teach you.

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P.S. So those are my reasons?  What are your own  reasons to start a cake business? Let me know  in the comments.

P.P.S. if you are ready to achieve your cake Business dream. Sign up to this Free E-Course email series Start your Cake Business In Nigeria today’. It provides all the information you need to get your cake business started. Just click here to register.


me3Rotimicakelady is your personal cake fairy. She is a cake business consultant and Coach.

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

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

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

HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE BEFORE I MAKE SERIOUS MONEY IN MY CAKE BUSINESS

We’ve all heard that 9 out of 10 businesses fail. So you may be thinking why should I even bother about starting or being in the cake business.

For the brave ones who still go into this business, you might be wondering when can you expect to finally be making some money out of it?

Before I answer that, let me point out that your first thing is to work out what “some money” actually means. Financially speaking we all have different goals – for some, enough money to pay for family extras like schools fees and holidays in Dubai.

For others, enough money to support an entire family. You’ve got to work out HOW MUCH money you need and want to earn as a first step.  If not, NO amount of money will ever be “enough” because there is no definition for what “enough” is.

So let me give you an idea of how a 5 year plan to money making looks like for a home based cake business:

  • Year One: 

You hardly will make any money in the first year as you will be plowing every Naira you make back into the business to grow it. This is the year you’ll invest in your business (such as websites, training, marketing etc) so the year is about putting in and not taking out. Your pricing is probably also not the best but it covers the cost of ingredients.

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  • Year Two: 

You will make some money, but you will still need to plow back very money you make back into the business to grow it. This is the year you start to get more serious about things. Your skill has improved, your pricing is more structured, which will probably cover your goods, overheads and your labour costs. 

 

  • Year Three: 

You may be getting frustrated at the point and may feel like quitting, because you feel you are not making enough money. You may be asking yourself, ‘Why am I working so hard for so little?”.

So you start to bring some strategy on how you do business. Your cake decorating skills have improved, you’ve learned to speed up you orders, and you’ve started to feel the pain of working for no money – so you start to take some money out of the business and pay yourself a salary. HOORAY!

By this time, you would have determined your niche (or are working on it) and you’re starting to feel like you control your business as opposed to the other way round and you’re  starting to think about scaling up or out.

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  • Year Four: 

You’ve been getting paid for a while, you’ve started investing a bit heavier into your business (business coach, business classes, , more heavy-duty equipment or maybe getting a small cake shop) and you’re starting to see how you can make this thing work.

You’ve started to build profit into your prices, you’ve got a niche (or several), you may have an employee or helpers of some kind who are also paid and profits are starting to appear in your balance sheets. 

 

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  • Year Five: 

This is when things start to feel like you can breathe a bit because you’re getting paid, your employees get paid, you’re seeing profit, this whole thing is starting to feel worthwhile. 

Those cycles of business might take you a shorter or a l longer to meet, it really depends on how much time and investment you put in but invariably those things will happen.

 Business is a process. How long it will take you to be successful depends entirely on your definition of success, how much time/effort/money/marketing you’ve got to invest, and your ability to keep on keeping on each time you feel you want to give up.

Are you ready to finally start making serious money in your cake business, so that you can get more orders!

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How to Know what type of cakes to sell so you are always making money

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So, you want to start a cake business?

Fantastic – but unfortunately so does almost every other baker who loves to bake. How are you going to stand out? How will you succeed even when there are other already established bakers to compete with? How will you get your own customer base and following?

Well the answer to that is:

Find your baking niche

Just as with every other business whether product or service based, you need your unique selling point. In other words –– you need to find your niche. The thing that makes you exclusively you and your cakes exclusively yours.

For some people, finding a niche is simple. They already have one key strength, one driving passion and they go with it, whether that’s for edible art, fondant cakes or custom birthday cakes or desserts.

But what if it’s not that easy for you? You’ve done a few cake decorating classes, made a mixture of buttercream and fondant, cake and cupcakes – how should you know what you should focus on? And even then, how should you know whether people will want to buy it anyway?

These worries are completely normal, so today I’ve put together a few things to consider when finding your baking niche to help you follow your heart and have the baking business of your dreams.

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1. Where do your strengths lie?

It’s usually a good idea to play to your strengths. If you make amazing piped buttercream cupcakes, then why not start off selling cupcakes at events? If you’re great with fondant, why not offer more traditional celebration cakes to start with? If you start out strong, you’ll set yourself up well and can branch out into other baking styles as and when you or your customers wish.

2. What are your competitors doing?

This question works in 2 ways. Firstly, knowing what your competitors are selling a lot of tells you a bit about the demand in your local area. Are people buying tons of Christmas and seasonal cakes? What about the new trend for naked cakes? Or are you getting more cupcake orders? This is what good market research is for

Secondly, although you know where some demand now lies, you need to find a way to set yourself apart. Don’t necessarily offer what your competitors do just because you know it’s selling. There might not be enough demand to sustain several similar cake businesses and you need to set yourself apart from the other crowd of bakers, so use the information to work out your own specific style and cake baking niche. 

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3. What is the demographic of your local or delivery area?

Where do you live? Knowing who your ideal customer or target market are is essential when designing your cake products and pricing them. If you’re catering to a community of young business men and women, the types of cakes they’ll want might differ to a smaller area with families.

Likewise, the occupation, disposable income, age and interests of your ideal customer can all influence what type of cakes they will want to buy. Make sure the cakes you want to sell meet the needs of your ideal customer.

4. What do you love to do?

As well as playing to your strengths, I believe it’s important to do what you are passionate about. If your passion is in your cakes, people will know and appreciate the effort, attention to detail and love that you put into each order. It makes a difference.

So if you’re good at sugarcraft but find it tedious and prefer naked or fruit or dessert cakes consider including them in your cake portfolio. You need passion, skills and demand to be successful, so make sure you love what you do.

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5. Is there anything people comment on that you do differently?

When you’re baking regularly, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of thinking what you do is normal or typical or average. It’s easy to be overly modest and undervalue your skills, experience and expertise. Friends and family who see and taste your cakes can be really helpful at this point because they can help you see the things that make your cakes uniquely yours. Do they notice a certain flair for decorating? Some extra amazing and unusual flavours? No design is too intricate? Other people can help you realise what it is that makes your cakes special, an important selling point for your cake business that can guide your choice of niche.

Take some time out to work through these five points with examples from your own experience, then comment below with what your baking niche will be! Still not sure? That’s okay too, comment below and let me help you out!

Are you ready to finally start making serious money in your cake business, so that you can get more orders!

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How To Make Money- Calling All Home Bakers: How to Earn Money Selling Your Cakes over the Xmas Holidays

 

 

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Do people love your cakes and cupcakes? Do you hear comments that your cakes are awesome and that you should go into business?

If so, it might be time to start a home baking business on the side. In today’s day and age, most people would rather order their cake from a cake shop than from a supermarket and no one has time to make a cake either.

For home bakers, this is a golden opportunity to earn some extra cash.

 How to Get Started Selling Home-Baked Goods

There’s one thing home bakers should keep in mind that cannot be emphasized: the power of word-of-mouth.

Be sure to bake delicious products, give excellent customer service and tell everyone you know that you’re now selling cakes.

To help you get started with this side hustle, here are 5 tips for getting your new side hustle off the ground:

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  1. Share Photos on Facebook

Most Cakers say that when they started posting their cakes on Facebook their business “really started taking off.”

There are a lot of home based cake businesses who had thriving side businesses because of this so that they can run a business and still be able to be at home to raise their children.

  1. Create a Signature Item

A signature item (especially if it’s holiday-themed) will establish you in the minds of your customers so they know in advance who to contact when they want that special something.”

  1. Hand Out Business Cards

Even if your doors aren’t officially open yet, get some business cards printed up.

They are the best way to get your name out there. So no matter where you are, market yourself. Hand out your cards to everybody  at the supermarket, your kids schools, at the mall — to anybody that will listen.

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  1. Network With Other Bakers

Know of any other home bakers in your area? Look at them as friends, not competitors. You can meet other bakers through Facebook and other networking events. If you are friends and one of them is too busy to take an order, you may get a referral from them.

  1. Pass Out Samples of your cakes

One thing is clear: Everyone loves free cake. So why not show off your baking skills by sharing free samples with potential customers?

You can drop off samples at places you have contacts, such as your, school, book club, church group, your friend’s offices, etc. (And don’t forget to leave a card!).

Just be sure to only visit places where you have a connection, as Short warned that dropping off samples at random offices almost never results in orders.

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How Much to Charge for Home-Baked Goods

When you start selling baked goods, figuring out how much to charge is going to be one of your biggest hurdles.

The first step is to assess your target market. How much are other bakers charging? And for what types of products? Next, look at your own skill set. How much experience do you have? How quickly will you be able to complete the work?

One way to determine prices is by adding all of your expenses (including packaging), then multiplying that number by three: 1/3 covers ingredients, one-third covers water and electricity and 1/3 is your profit.

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Most importantly, don’t get discouraged if people hesitate at your prices. You have to “remind your customers it’s a custom item, so it’s going to have a custom price. Do not sell your art cheaply.

If you continue to discount your price to get more orders, you will find out that you will just work yourself to exhaustion and have less to show for it at the end.

As for how much you can earn, it depends on how much work you put into both the baking and the marketing. If you’re just taking special orders, the bakers estimated you can earn between N200,000 and N400,000 per month; if you’re working 20 hours per week, N80,000 to N100,000; and if you start baking lots of wedding cake, you will earn a whole lot more.

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Should You Start Selling Your Home-Baked Goods?

Does earning money selling your home baked goods sound like a sweet deal? It can be, and you may find that your business lasts well during and beyond the holiday season — especially if you follow these 3 pieces of essential advice from our Cakepreneurs:

  • Keep Advancing

Be confident and bake and do the best you can do — and keep excelling. Baking is constantly changing, and skills are constantly changing. Keep advancing, because each and every day, something new comes up. Keep trying to find that wow factor.

  • Get In the Right Mindset

Be patient and learn the science behind your baking. Also remember that everything is fixable. Working from that mindset is going to save you a lot of stress.

  • Don’t Lose Sight of What’s Important

The major reason most cakepreneurs enter the home based cake business world is that they want to have a successful and profitable business doing something they love so that they can become financially independent and be at home with the kids.

You’ll regret the baking if you neglect the ones you’re doing it all for. Remember you can create the life you have always dreamed of.

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It’s time to live your cake business dream

Till next week.

Happy Caking!
RotimiCakeLady

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Should I quit my 9-5 job to start a cake business?

 

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This is a question I get asked a lot. Many Cakers are still in full time jobs and have the aspiration of starting a cake business either on the side or as a full time business.

A lot of people have romantic notions about starting a cake business. A business where you make money from your passion, where you work from home and be able to spend time with your kids and no longer have to be contend with traffic to and fro from work. This is every Caker’s dream

While cake makers may find themselves attending lots of social events, hours spent rolling fondant and making buttercream flowers, it is by no means an easy business venture, particularly in today’s highly competitive cake market.

Before you can carve yourself a slice or rather a niche, you need to ensure you’re adequately equipped to handle anything that you may get served.

For all you, would be cakepreneurs here are basically 5 things to keep in mind if you’re thinking of starting a cake business.

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Who is the cake business best suited for?

Cake making and decorating might sound easy enough but, like any business, it demands hard work and exceptional administrative skills.

The cake business is best suited for those who have a passion for baking and who love cakes. You don’t have to be exceptionally good at cake decorating, but as long as you have the basic foundation in baking and decorating, you will go a long way.

It may sound funny, but you also need to enjoy eating cake because you will spend a fair amount of time testing cake combinations and the finished products to ensure they are up to standard.

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Rules and regulations

Even if you’re planning to run your business from home, food hygiene and preparation rules apply to any premises in which food is prepared.

If you’re planning on using your kitchen or another site which isn’t purpose-built, make sure you keep all pets and soft furnishings out of the room.

 Cake making requires eggs, and eggs can spread harmful bacteria so you have to be aware of cross-contamination, particularly if you’re running the business from home.

Most cases of food poisoning occur when harmful bacteria is spread from food to food, so take extra care when handling raw meat, poultry and eggs – particularly if you are running your business from home. Also, be aware that equipment, pests, cloths, packaging and cleaning products can spread bacteria, so make sure you know what is coming into contact with your cake batter.

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Research and competition

There are plenty of cake making/decorating courses in Nigeria, and it is definitely advisable to complete one if you don’t have any cake-related qualifications or experience.

Once you have a course under your belt, you need to decide whether you want to start-up at home or in a shop, or whether you intend to sell your products online.

Because cakes are often judged on their visual value, your shop front and/or website should reflect this. People purchasing cakes are typically doing so for a party or wedding, so you want their experience to be as pleasant as possible.

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Costs and earnings

Your start-up costs will depend very much on how big an operation you wish to run. As with all businesses, the fewer overheads you have, the lower your expenditure.

The first cost you will be faced with, if you decide to run your business from a shop, is the cost of rent. Your next decision will be whether to employ staff to help out or not. Although casual administrative staff can be hired for relatively little, specialist cake decorators come at a significantly higher cost.

When you start up, you will regularly need to invest in your equipment. This is not a one-off purchase. You need to purchase equipment on a regular basis to ensure your work is of the highest standard as old equipment could compromise the finished product.

With regard to earnings, a cake maker and/or decorator can expect to take home between N50,000 and N200,000 per month.

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An average day for a Baker

There are many Cakers who have opened a cake shop even though they do not have a culinary background.

For me as a mum, there are days when I get to spend 10 quality hours a day with my children, and days when I don’t see them at all because I’m up all day and night fulfilling a cake order.

An average day for me involves sorting out cake orders, shopping for ingredients, preparing fondant decorations and taking an inventory of my supplies. Other days I will be knee deep in baking, decorating and preparing for deliveries.

One thing you have to be aware is that you have to be prepared to work antisocial hours.

Useful contacts

  • Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria
            info@lagosmasterbakers.org; lagosmasterbakers@yahoo.com
           www.lagosmasterbakers.org
  • Association of Catering & Laundering Equipment Distribution of Nigeria, (ACLEDON)
           ftansecretariat@yahoo.com, info@ftan.org.ng
  • Association of Fast Food Confectioners of Nigeria, (AFFCON)
            web@affcon.org; web@affcon.org
 

Ready to get started? Find out everything you need to know about how to start your own business here.

Found this article useful? Please leave a comment below or contact me if you have any questions.

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It’s time to live your cake business dream

Till next week.

Happy Caking!
RotimiCakeLady

How Many Days Before a Cake Order Can I Start Baking

Time Management is very important for your cake business.  Having your own business does not mean you should work for 24 hours straight, having sleepless nights or try and manage a cake disaster.

 So the secret to dealing with all this is the No.1 secret for all cake decorators and it is so simple. This is known as the  4 Day Cake Rule

 What is the 4 Day Cake Rule?

 When you have a large cake order such as, tiered cakes, wedding cakes or a big birthday or novelty cake or fondant decorated cakes, then the 4 Day Cake Rule Applies. 

 You should try not to bake big cake order the day before. Infact it is a recipe for disaster. First you will have to measure the ingredients, make the mixture, bake in the oven, leave to cook, make the buttercream, crumb coat, cook off in the fridge, cover with fondant, make decorations and then decorate the cake. I will like to see you try all this in just 24 hours.

 It’s not possible, plus you need time to fix any errors that may come about.

Some may say that the cake will not be fresh, but most cakes are still fresh and taste more amazing 3-5 days after baking. A good chocolate cake recipe can last up to 10 days and will still taste scrumptious. 

 

The main reason for 4 Day Cake rule, is that you are not doing any decorating on the delivery day and you are able to fix any cake decorating disasters that may crop up. This will enable you to take care of the ‘what if’s’ or ‘just in case’ like for example if the cake burns you can do it again.

 By breaking all the steps down in the 4 days, you wont feel all flustered about all the cake orders you will be getting.

 So here is a timetable to follow where you have a big cake order 

                   The 4 Day Cake Rule

Day 1                                                                            

  • Bake Cakes

  • Cover cake board in fondant

  • Moisten the cakes with sugar syrup

  • Start on your fondant decorations such as flowers or figurines, etc

Day 2  

  • Start to layer the cakes

  • Cover each cake in fondant and  leave to ‘set’ overnight.

  • Finish up fondant decorations

Day 3

  • Stack the cakes.

  • Decorate the cakes

  • Take Photos

Day 4

  • Cake is ready for pickup or delivery.

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