marketing your cakes

We All Need Help Once In A While

For the last few weeks I have been so busy working on the Price Your Cakes right for profit Video Course. Recording videos, research, writing content,  doing the presentation slides, marketing on social media and also on.

So I didn’t have much of an Easter break or holiday when the children vacated for Easter. In fact the past 2 weeks have been something else. The children were on holiday and my nanny decided to take some time of. And on top of that, my temporary nanny was ill so it was just the kids and I. Plus I had to prepare for this Course.

I’m wondering how mothers handle childcare without any help. I have to clap for them. By the end of the week, lets just say i was exhausted. From bathing them in the morning and night, taking them to the toilet, cooking, feeding, entertaining them, cleaning up after them. Goodness, even nannies try.

I thank God I am fortunate enough to afford having a Nanny for my kids. I will be the first to admit that i don’t think i can do it all by myself day after day.

Although it was enjoyable the first 2 days. the kids loved that i was around with them doing their daily tasks. They know that when Mama is working they are not to enter the invisible door of her office (i have a small desk in one corner of my house, where i do my work).

So we have got to realise that we need a little help once in a while and there is nothing wrong with admitting that you do need help either at home, in your business and so on. That is why i have released 3 Pricing videos to help you if you have trouble pricing your cakes right.

I will also be doing  a webinar tomorrow on how you can increase your cake prices without losing customers (more details below).

At the end of the Webinar I will be opening registration for this Ultimate Course, which will cover what you need to have a money making cake business. 

So join me for the Webinar tomorrow and register for the Course. I will talk more about it in the Webinar tomorrow. Don’t miss it. It is at 6pm tomorrow. Once you register, the link for your Webinar shall be sent to you by email.

And by God’s Grace, when I make my income target for my Courses, I am going to give my nanny a raise. She sure deserves it.

For those who went through the Pricing Workshop with me, i say thanks.

I know you have gained loads of valuable information and you are on your way to being more confident in pricing your cakes.

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For those who missed out, here is again a summary of what we covered:

Workshop Video 1 (Part 1) & (Part 2)in this video we looked at the reasons why you are struggling with pricing your cake right and ways to overcome them so that you can price your baked goods properly.

Workshop Video 2Here I provided you easy to implement pricing techniques to get you started being the Pricing Queen.

Workshop Video 3 In this awesome video I showed you how to can get customers to accept the price you give them, no matter what.

If I do say so myself I think these Workshops were worth it.

But I am not done yet, because I am awesome like that. I want to invite you for this amazing Webinar class that I will be doing. You can get all the information here,

In this Webinar I will be teaching you how you can increase your prices without losing your customers.

We all know that the present economy has made ingredients go up almost 100 fold and we can’t sustain our business if we are scared of increasing our prices because we don’t want our customers to go somewhere else.

Yes you need to get your pricing right, but you need to know how to gain the confidence and know how to increase your prices while keeping your customers.

This is a live class, so it will be starting at the certain time and ending to at a certain time.

It is going to be packed full of information so get ready to gain valuable benefit for your cake business.

The webinar is going to be held only once, so please don’t miss it. 

REGISTER HERE

Link to join the Webinar Class: https://zoom.us/j/590522169

Date: Tuesday, 25th April 2017

Time: 6pm

See you at the webinar!

Here are the Registration details for the Webinar once againHow to increase your prices without losing customers.

In the Webinar you will learn:

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

     Register for the Webinar here

I will talk more about this Class at the end of this Workshop Video.

This class fills up quickly so it is best you register early.

Registration has opened.

IMPORTANT. I will send you the link once the Registration for the webinar is ‘live’ and you  can get more information about it here.            

Register Here For This Free Webinar

Also don’t forget to register for my Messenger Bot Service. I want to be sending messages to you directly on Facebook Messenger, so that you do not miss anything from Cake Business Owners Club. All you have to do is to subscribe by clicking on this link below:

m.me/bakingbusinessschool 

Cake Regards,


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.

Tips On Getting Started With A Social Media Site For Your Cake Business

Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter are great for cake businesses.Today, social media sites are no longer just an ingenious way for people to meet, connect and share. It is now also one of the most powerful advertising tools which where cake business owners can use to connect to their customers. 

However, it is noteworthy that social media marketing is like a double-edged sword – it is something that needs to be wielded correctly. In the hands of a skilled marketer, it is an effective sales tool. But in the hands of an amateur, it can turn success into demise.

Here are tips to keep in mind when you are using social media for marketing for your cake business.

  1. Make a draft plan of the contents first

Getting started without a plan can lead to a messy start. This will not be good for your company image. So before you make your social media account available, make sure that you planned for its contents and design first.

  1. Come up with an editorial calendar

You may have plenty of things you want to share and say. But if you post all of them at the same, people will get confused. Also, you will quickly run out of things to share in the future. So make a timeline and plan which things you want to post first and which ones should follow in a chronological order.

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  1. Know your target market niche

There are plenty of people that join social media sites. However, you do not really want to reach to all of them. You need to focus on a group of people which are ‘potential customers’. Know who they are. If you do wedding cakes, then you should join and post on wedding sites.

  1. Check for a possibly existing account with a similar name

You do not want people to confuse you for another organization, group, or individual. You do not know how these other accounts are behaving and anything they do might have implications on your company’s image. If you found out that there are already existing accounts with a similar name or a mockingly similar name, you can go to checkusernames.com to help you come up with an alternative.

 

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  1. Know how to lure in the people in your target market niche

Do you already have a clear vision of who your target market niche is, that is your potential customer? The next thing you need to figure out is how you can lure them in. You need to make a research on the things that interest them. For example, if your products are birthday cakes, then your target market niche are mothers, then perhaps some content with pictures of different Disney character cakes will lure them in.

  1. Use high quality graphics and Photoshop edited photos

People are attracted to visually appealing cakes. Sometimes, it is not the content but the appearance. What really draws potential customers to your social media profile is the look of it. You should make sure your Facebook business page looks more attractive by using high quality pictures, photographs, and images of your cakes.

  1. Make sure that you have the resources to regularly maintain a social media account

Yes, it is free to sign up to Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. You should have the time to post regularly. It will serve you no good if you don’t post consistently. And if you need to advertise, you will probably need to pay these social media sites. Make sure that you have a budget for it.

 

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  1. Check to see if having a social media account will really be of help to your company or if it will just be a liability

There are a lot benefits in having a social media account for your company. But there are also dangers. You need to analyze if you can take these risks head on.

 

 


price logo.jpgDid you register for my How to price your cakes right for profit Course. if not you are missing out. Already i have sent out Workshop Videos on why bakers struggle with pricing and How to price your cakes. the last Workshop will be on how to get customers accept the price you give them for your cakes. 

If you did not register for this Course, you will not be able to access these videos. But you have one more chance.

In a few days i will be doing a Webinar on How to increase your prices without losing customers.  You wouldn’t want to miss it. The link to register for this Webinar shall be sent to you in a few days. 


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Also for just 24 hours only, i will be opening up my past Webinar on Bookkeeping Systems to have for your Cake Business. So watch it quickly before it goes.

Watch it here

 


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.

Make N1,000,000 Selling Cakes

How to make ₦1,000,000 in Cake Sales this year

You need 5000 people to buy a ₦200 cake
You need 2000 people to buy a ₦500 cake
You need 1000 people to buy a ₦1,000 cake
You need 500 people to buy a ₦2,000 cake
You need 300 people to buy a ₦3,333 cake
You need 100 people to buy a ₦10,000 cake
You need 50 people to buy a ₦20,000 cake
You need 40 people to buy a ₦25,000 cake
You need 20 people to buy a ₦50,000 cake
You need 10 people to buy a ₦100,000 cake

So what is your excuse?

Get to it NOW!

A few days ago i put the above post on the Cake Business owners Group page and it got a lot of reactions.

We all have ambition.

We all want something better in our lives?

We are all working for something better, like a better home, a new car, not having to worry about bills, a better school for our kids. I can go on and on.

Each year we promise ourselves that this year will be better.

But as each day rolls along, it’s like nothing has changed. Our businesses are not getting any better, the orders are not coming in and customers seems to be disappearing.

We are nearing the end of the year.  Believe it or not. You will see that time waits for no one and we soon will be preparing for Christmas again and you will be left wondering what did you do all year.

I want you to take control of your life. Don’t let life control you. You have to step up and take a long hard critical look at your business and see what you are doing wrong and what you can improve. Why are you not making money. Why are customers not ordering from you. Why are you attracting those clients that will price down your cakes.

I want you right now to take a piece of paper and write down how much you want to make by December 2017. If you are just making N100,000. Write down you want to make N1,000,000. If you are making N50,000. Write you want to make like N500,000.

You can write any amount you want. Don’t play safe. Let it be an amount that scares you. Once you write that amount i want you to put it in a prominent place where you can see it everyday all the time. On your dressing table, on your Bible, in your wallet, wherever.

Write ‘ By 31st December 2017 I will have N…….. in my bank account which i will have gotten from my cake business‘.

So now that you know how much you want to make i want you now to think how you can make this money from your cake business. How many cakes do you have to sell? Calculate it.

So lets say you want to make N1,000,000 by December. And your average cake price is N10,000. that means you will have to sell about approx 100 cakes from now to December. 

We will even go further and calculate how much you need to sell each month. So to reach that target you need to sell about 11 cakes for that price each month. That is approx 2-3 cakes a week.

So you can see that to make N1,000,000 by the end of the year, you only need to sell 2 cakes a week.

Once you have broken it down like that, you can now come up with a strategy of how you can get just 2 customers a week.

You only need to get 2 people to order a cake from you this week. So think where and how you can get those 2 customers. 

My calculations may not be the best. But you should get the general idea.

The reason I am giving you this scenario, is that i don’t want you to think that getting customers is this huge task. That you need to get 50 customers at once. Start small. Look around your immediate environment, your family and friends. Start there first and i am sure you will reach the target for this week.

See it as an adventure, instead of a pain or task. See it like a game. I just need 2 people this week to buy my product. They are out there. All you have to do is to find them.

You are the solution to someone’s problem right now. Stop hiding and start Doing. 

Do this each week and you will be surprised at the results. Even though you don’t reach your quota all the time. You will see that your confidence will increase and your business and marketing skills would have improved.

Now go out there and look for your 2 customers right now.

And imagine what you are going to do with that N1,000.000

Would love to hear your comments. What are you going to do or change about your business to reach your 2 customers a week target.


Need help on how you can market you cake business effectively to get more customers and sales. Then register for the Ultimate Guide to Marketing your Cake Business This Course is of tremendous benefit for bakers who want a step to step guide on how to promote their business for great money making results. Get details here.


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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.

Essential Social Media Tools to Run a Successful Home based Cake Business

Are you a bit skeptical about this Social media thing? Or you have no idea how to use social media for your home based cake business?  Or you don’t know how social media can benefit your cake business.

There are various social media platforms out there and frankly you can be a bit overwhelmed by all of them. But luckily you don’t have to be on all of them.

You should know that Social media is a good investment for your home based cake business.

Once you know where your target market hangs out and what tools they are using, you can now invest your time in maintaining the accounts.

The Golden Rule of running a successful social media campaign: Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

 It’s better to have just 2 great accounts than 5 or 6 forgettable accounts. It’s best to pick two social media tools that works for you and be excellent at it, than wearing yourself thin using all the social media platforms out there.

Here’s a rundown of my favourite social media marketing tools to use,so you can choose which ones will be the perfect fit for you.

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Facebook

Facebook is a great platform for reaching out to customers of all ages; adults, teens and mostly women. A great place to share your cake pictures, contact information, , testimonials and reviews and having that space to engage personally with your customers is great for building a better relationship.

Tip: Facebook has an affordable advertising program that can help you to target your specific customers. Setting up a page is easy and fast (take a look to our guide: How To Create A Facebook Page) .

Facebook is also great because you can also schedule the posts, so you can now plan out the perfect time to update your post, according to your customers’ online habits.

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Twitter

Twitter is perfect for those bakers who are location independent and perfect for keeping your customers up-to-date!

Also, it is okay to update your account multiple times a day without annoying your followers.

Tip: Studies show that a tweet with a picture will get retweeted more. So add in your creative cake picture if you want your tweets to get retweeted.

 

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Instagram

Instagram is very visual, so having a good cake picture is very important. Good lighting, focus and a good layout is also essential. But if all else fails, use a filter. Studies show pictures with filter gets more likes than those without.

Instagram is also great for showcasing your creations, reviews from customers and behind the scene pictures (in the kitchen baking your cake, shopping for ingredients in the supermarket etc). People love that! It makes them feel like they can get to know you more intimately.

Tip: 90% of Instagram users are below the age 35 so use hashtags to target potential customers.

 

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Youtube

Youtube is a great way to showcase your talents. You can post up tutorials, recipes and product reviews.

It allows you to communicate certain topics more effectively (like how to make that incredible detailed Frozen figurine or that gravity defying cake) than pictures and words.

Tip: Go ahead, let your personality shine through and update consistently. Who knows, you may get endorsed by a big brand.

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Pinterest

Like Instagram, Pinterest is a highly visual tool. It is mostly used by females around the age of 30 – 50 years old with higher income .

Pinterest is great for building your branding image.

Tip: To get more exposure, add the free Pinterest page app to your facebook page to promote your Pinterest presence.

 

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Website

A website is essential for your cake business, if you are ready to take your business to the next level.

Why? Because you will have better control of your branding, marketing, what information to put up or not and heighten your customers shopping experience with you by setting up a shopping cart or an online shopping system.

Tip: If you love to connect with your customers with stories and personal experiences, you can do that with the blog update too. You can create a website by yourself, its quite easy, just click here for our guide: (To setting up your Website for your cake business).

This guide should give you an idea of what social media networks will get you the most results from social media marketing.

So what social platform are you using now? Is t working for you? 

I would love to hear your experience.Share them in the comments below.

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P.S. if you are ready to achieve your cake Business dream. Sign up to this Free E-Course email series ‘ How to start your cake business in 30 days’. It provides all the information you need to get your cake business started. Just click here to register.

Happy Caking.

RotimiCakeLady (your personal cake fairy)

No customers this New Year? Don’t worry – we’re going to get you some more!

 

When you are just starting your cake business, you may struggle to find customers to buy your cakes.

Taking on orders from family and friends is a great start to get the word out that you are in the cake business , but after that, then what? How do you find more, especially when there seem to be many bakers in this Nigeria.

 
The Solution.

You have to start to advertise your cakes, but don’t fret, these options don’t require you to spend any money at all (unless of course you want to!).

The first step is to head to the one social media platform you probably know so well –

Facebook! 

If you haven’t already, make a Facebook business page where you post great pictures of your Cakes.

 Encourage people who’ve had your cakes to leave good testimonials and reviews and share photographs for social proof other potential customers will trust, and of course share plenty of your cakes yourself.

Try and tell your friends to share your posts. This way you will be reaching a lot more people because Facebook favour posts that get a lot of engagement (likes, comments and shares. So you will be on top of peoples news feeds.
Then follow this link for steps on how to sell your cakes using Facebook and you are good to go. So get ready for more customers.
It really can be as simple as that, the right marketing strategy will go a long way for your cake business.

So don’t delay. Follow these steps now. 

I love to hear your success stories, so let me know your results.

Let’s start the New Year with more customers, more money in our pocket and make your cake businesses a success.

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In the meantime I have created a video on how I was able to get new customers for my cake business and I want to show you how you can do the same.

In this free Video you will learn:

  • Strategies you can put in place to get new Customers for your cake business;
  • Ways for your customers to recommend your cakes
  • How to get repeat orders;
  • The No.1 mistake you are making in your cake business

This Video shall only be available for a limited time. So don’t delay in watching it.

                                               You can live your cake business dream

Here are the links to the Video. Just Click on the link below.

You will need a password to watch the Videos:
Password: bbs1

My dream for us all is that our cake businesses shall all be successful so we can impact lives and make a great difference in this Country.

Comment below. I would love to hear if you have had success in using using Facebook to grow your Cake business or if you want to ask me any questions. I am here to help.

Happy Caking.

RotimiCakeLady (your personal cake fairy)

 

 

 

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!

                                              THEN REGISTER HERE

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How to price your Cakes for profit

Part guesswork, part experience, part number crunching – how ever you look at it, determining your cake price can be quite a difficult task.

Cake pricing or how much to charge for your cakes can be the most challenging and intimidating question to most beginners in the cake decorating world today.

Unfortunately there are many factors to consider.

But I am going to break it down to just 7 factors that will help you price your cakes in a way that will make you and your customers happy.

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  1. LOCATION…LOCATION…LOCATION…

Where you live and where you bake will be the most important factor to consider when looking at pricing. If you live in Lekki, your pricing will be very different than if you live in Gbadagry.

Researching your local market is the best starting point to figure out pricing. Call other custom bakers and find out what they are charging. If they are successful and are charging a lot more than you were planning to charge, you need to raise your prices.

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  1. DO NOT UNDERCUT YOUR COMPETITORS

When you are starting a company, you are telling friends, family and clients that you believe you are good enough to open a business.

You may not feel like you are good enough, but pricing your cakes low hurts yourself because you will be working a lot of hours, and not make any money, and you can become known as the CHEAP cake lady.

Undercutting your competitors also hurts them and the cake industry in your area. Bringing prices down in your area can take business away from other companies and cause them to loose income, which can have many unwanted consequences.

Lower prices at the beginning can also make it very hard to raise prices once you have a strong customer base.

They will not want to pay the higher prices and will find the next new decorator to take your place. You want to attract loyal customers that see the quality of work you do and are willing to pay for it.

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  1. KNOW YOUR COSTS

This is a big one! You have to figure out your costs. You will need to calculate what you actually spent or will spend on making a cake.

Here is a list to consider as you calculate your costs

  • Overhead: rent, utilities, business cards, posters, office supplies, computer
  • Bakery equipment and supplies: mixer, oven, tables, cooling racks, pans, bowls, food coloring, luster dusts, fondant, tools, boxes, cake stands, cake boards, dowels
  • Ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, chocolate, vanilla and other specialty ingredients
  • Delivery: petrol, wear and tear on your car, your time
  • Time: You need to make sure you get compensated for your time. Set an hourly rate for yourself and charge accordingly.

 

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  1. DO NOT COMPETE WITH SUPERMARKET &FAST FOOD STORE PRICES

When pricing a cake, never try to compete with them. Those cakes were flash-frozen months ago and decorated as fast as possible with buckets of premade icing.

You need to target the customers that are loyal and will come back for great tasting, quality cakes. If you want to know if your prices are too low, compare your prices with the supermarket. If you are close, raise your prices.

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  1. IT’S JUST A CAKE…NO IT’S NOT!

This is something you may hear from customers, or you may have even said it yourself. When a couple gets married/ there is always a picture of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cake. When people go to a wedding, what do they talk about? The dress and the wedding cake!

A wedding cake or a birthday cake is the centerpiece of that event.

Custom cakes are not just cakes. They are works of art that are central to the celebration.

Also, from the business aspect, your cakes are not just a cake you throw in the oven and hope it comes out right. Your cakes are tried and true recipes, icing, cake boards, dowels, fondant, decorating tools, days of work preparing decorations, planning, sketching, designing, and working with the client, then you deliver the cake and make sure it is perfect before walking away.

 

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  1. DO I PRICE BY THE SERVING (by the number of people the cake can serve) OR BY THE CAKE?

Once you have run your numbers and you know the costs involved, this is usually the next question.

They want to be able to compare prices and feel that they have a basic idea of what they can expect as far as pricing is concerned.

Here are 2 things to consider when setting your prices:

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Have a Minimum Price Point

Make it very apparent that your cakes start at a certain price point, such as, “Fondant cakes start at N100.00 per serving” or at N4,000 or “Wedding cakes start at N65,000,” then add that the prices go up depending on the design and size.

This can save you and your customer time. They will walk away if they know the minimum price is too high. You don’t want to spend time emailing and meeting with a customer only to find out they were expecting a three-tier wedding cake for N20,000.

You may have customers that tell you your prices are just too high, but do not lower your prices! You wouldn’t go to a supermarket and tell them their prices are just too high and ask them to give you a discount.

You should not try to make every person that contacts you happy. Stick to your pricing and if they choose to go somewhere else, they may not be the right kind of customer for you.

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Pricing specialty cakes

Specialty cakes and carved cakes require a lot more time for designing, structuring and decorating. This is a great time to price by the design.

Be realistic about the time required and price it accordingly. Just because a customer only wants to serve 10 people does not mean it will take you less time than a cake to serve 30 people.

Be honest with your customers, tell them these cakes take much longer than other cakes, and are priced based on the design not on the number of servings.

 

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  1. YOUR TIME IS WORTH MONEY

Make sure you give yourself credit and include the hours you worked on your cakes. Your prices may seem high to you, but if your research shows that your market will sustain your prices, go for it.

Your time is valuable, so set an hourly rate and stick with it. You have a great talent and should not be making less than minimum wage because you are building your portfolio or because you are just starting out.

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Getting more sales in your Cake Business

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When you’re first starting out in business it can be a little disheartening to get a lot of enquiries but not get any orders. In the sales marketing world we call this your ‘conversion rate’ – meaning the amount of people you manage to convert from prospects into paying clients.

Effective converting and selling is a skill all on its own. Some people are just born salespeople who are naturally persuasive and can sell ice to Eskimos while the rest of us (like me) really need to work at it.  

If you find ‘selling yourself’” uncomfortable, and me telling you that you’ve got to learn sales skills probably makes you feel like ‘Why nah!’. Selling or marketing is not dishonest or desperate, both of which are things nobody wants to be. But you have got to learn those skills if you want to earn the type of money you want to change your life.

Here are a few things to help your conversion rate (that is, make more sales) that don’t make you feel like you’re begging or desperate for the order.

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MAKE IT simple and EASY FOR PEOPLE TO ORDER FROM YOU

Don’t make ordering a cake from you a 10 step process that tires people before they have even begun. If you have a website and people can order online from you, make sure the entire process, from selecting the item to checking out of your shopping cart is uncomplicated and easy to use and follow.  

The “buy now” button, “shop here” and “online ordering” buttons and pages should be visible and easy to find. Don’t make it hard for people to buy from you.

The same is true if they are ordering directly from you, whether by phone or email. Make it VERY clear how they can pay their deposits, what the process is (and make it a short process.) Don’t wait for them to as how to do it, tell them!

This is an opportunity for you to start thinking of putting in place clear, simple and defined business procedures that will help you in your customer ordering process so that you will be prepared for any question your customer needs to know on how to proceed with an order.

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TAKE CONTROL OF THE COMMUNICATION

When you’ve reached the point in the email discussion where they clearly are interested and wanting to order from you, actually pick up the phone and call them. “Hi Amaka, I thought it would be faster if I just called you to confirm the details we spoke about in email and get the deposit organized.”  

The longer you keep dragging out that email conversation, the more of your time you are wasting, and the less likely you are to get the sale done and over with.  It’s also a lot harder to say no over the phone to someone – so you’re effectively closing the deal just by calling them.  

If this sounds scary to you, remember that you’ve already established their interest in you via email

(How to get their phone number: Make it a required field on your website “contact us” form so that they have to give it to you to submit their order question. If they didn’t come through your website, ask for it at the very beginning – “What’s the best number to reach you on in case I need to get in touch about your order?”).

A question you may ask is if you should chase up on quotes after they’ve sent them out. Well it depends on you, if you’ve got the time and you really want to do that order from a creative point of view, following up is not a bad idea.

If however it’s not really an order you need or are interested in (or it’s a small one that won’t make much difference to you), just leave it.

Following up is good, mainly because if your competitors won’t bother – but nor do I want you wasting hours and hours on chasing up people who aren’t the kind of client you want that is, a client that calls back.

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ACT AS IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THE ORDER

Believe me, this works unbelievably well. Positive assertive action thinking goes a long way.

So for your next order, do it like this. When someone contacts you the first time act as if  the order is already confirmed. This means the language you use in emails or over the phone has an assumption that you will be doing the order.

You’re not ASKING them to pay the deposit; you’re telling them they’re going to do it. Not in an aggressive or threatening kind of way, but in a gentle, natural way as though the deal has already been sealed and you’re just helping them get there.

So at the end of the email instead of saying, “The price is N25,000,” your email should end by saying, “To create this cake for you is N25,000. To secure the date, I ask for a 50% deposit which needs to be paid by bank transfer (include your account details) by 19h November. I’m really looking forward to making this cake for you, you’ve picked a gorgeous design – the party is going to be amazing!”

Nobody reading that would say it sounds desperate.

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For one, it’s friendly, it makes the sales process very easy for them by stating the steps and gives them the chance to take the next steps, and it openly assumes that you’re going to get the order.  

If you act as if the deal is done, and confident that you’re going to be the only person who can make this thing for them, they are going to feel that confidence and just go with it. Plus you’re saving them a ton of time and effort here – you’re making the process easy, simple and most of all you are meeting their needs right NOW, not 5 emails from now.

We live in an age where people are immensely time poor, reluctant to commit, and bombarded by sales requests all day long. If you can help them save time, help them commit to making a choice – you’re already halfway to getting the order.

You’re flat out saying that you’re going to make it happen for them. Don’t we ALL just want that certainty, that confidence, that knowledge that a job is going to get done, get done right, and not require a bunch of wasting time to make it happen?

So in summary, the key to closing the deal, get the order and make more sales is that do not make the whole process all about you, make it all about them.

Hope you found this post useful? If you did, please comment.

Till next week.

Happy Caking.

Cake Regards,

Educating Customers About Your Cake Price

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When you get lots of phone calls or enquiries about your prices, or lots of rejections based on price alone, it can seem as though that’s all people care about. 

To be fair, for most people, price plays a major role. However, I find most people are willing to get more than one quote, and willing to consider why those quotes differ. 

The thing about cakes is (especially custom ones) is that your potential customers are actually not in this business, so they don’t really have any idea of how much effort and time goes into creating our cake creations. 

TV shows like ‘Cake Boss’ or ‘The Great British Bake off’ have done a LOT to educate the general public about the amount of effort and artistry which goes into cakes, but not everyone watches those shows. 

Plus, there are a lot of perfectly reasonably decorated, mass produced baked goods out there which will do the job just as well.  If all your client wants or needs is a cake that a 5 year old will be happy to take to school to feed just 10 kids. You’re going to have a hard time justifying why they should spend N25,000 with you when a N4,000 cake from the supermarket can meet that need.

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The challenge for us as business owners is working on the people who see a cake (no matter where it’s from) as “just flour, butter and eggs,” and get them to see why our custom cakes are so much more than that.

The general public doesn’t just “get it.” They really don’t. They think Cake is just cake, but we know that’s not it.

Part of our job as cake business owners is to educate and convince our customers to buy our cakes, and that means taking the time to explain why it’s worth why it’s worth. 

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You don’t need to look any further than KFC to find a great example of this – they market their specialty by telling us about using the best chicken, seasoning and so on. Why? Because those special things are more expensive and they want to convince you to spend that little bit more. They do not assume that consumers just “get” that the fancier stuff is worth the money, they explain why it is worth it.

Cakes are no different. You’ve got to market your products and your business precisely because not everyone understands what makes your cakes special. 

Yes, there will be some people who will not care that the quality of your cakes are better? If they say “no” based on price, that’s okay…but there are plenty of people who, with a bit of education, will be willing to spend a bit more to get something a bit better.

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Instead of just getting angry that “all anyone seems to care about is price,” and “I keep losing orders even though I’ve made my prices reasonable,” – why not try educating your potential customers?

One way is by re-examine your marketing. Re-examine how you answer their enquiry about the price of your cake.

If you get an email enquiry about baking a 2 tier Mickey Mouse cake. Do you say, “A Mickey mouse cake for 30 people costs N32,000,” or do you say,

“Thanks for your email! We’d love to make you a Mickey Mouse cake for your son’s upcoming 1st birthday. Our cakes are all baked from scratch, and we’ve got an array of kid-friendly flavours to choose from – I’ve attached a list for you to pick from. We’re also happy to customise the birthday message, and if you need delivery we offer that service too. To feed 30 people, you’re looking at a cost of N32,000. Please give me a call on 080-123-4567 so we can discuss further. I look forward to helping make your celebration fantastic.”

Tell me. Does that 2nd email require a little more thinking, a little more effort and engagement? Sure it does – but the investment in service and education are worth it if it means you’ve converted them into buying from you rather than just settling for a cake from ‘ Cakes and Cream’. 

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Every company, everywhere in the world, selling anything at all is going to come up against people who seem to only care about price.  In every market (clothing, cars, food…) there will be companies who service the very low end, companies that service the very high end, and a whole lot of companies’ right in the middle of that. 

Even the companies selling things for cheap have to market themselves and their products – because they are not the only ones in town claiming to be the cheapest. The companies at the top are no different – because they too are not the only one in town that sells a premium product.

You would aim to be the cake business that educates and then converts cake enquiries to sales.

However, accept that some people just won’t be won over …but be clever enough to at least try.

Not everyone gets it, and not everyone needs to … but you would be silly not to even try because you have decided ahead of time that they can’t be taught.

Hope you found this post useful? If you did, please comment.

Till next week.

Happy Caking.

Cake Regards,

How can I Improve my Cake Sales?

Everyone loves cake, well at least most people do. You might think that because 85% of the population loves cakes, you may not have any issue selling your cakes. But as you and i know it is not as easy as that when Selling in business.

if you get 1 or 2 people order from you a week. That’s good at the beginning, but it is not going to help you to sustain your business. You need a larger customer bases.

So in order to expand your customer base, i am going to show you a few good ideas to make more money selling cakes.

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So one great tip for growing your business and making more money apart from custom orders is to try and venture into the wholesale business.

How do you do this?

Look through your friends list and contact those caterers or those who own restaurants, cafe’s or supermarket or even Buka’s and offer your products. If you are able to secure an order, is a very good way to get your product out to the public and increase sales.

But do a bit of research before you book an appointment for your sales pitch, find out what they are selling and the price range of their products. You don;t want to price yourself out of the market.Also find out what your competitors are selling and their prices so you will have a idea how much to sell your baked goods.

 

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Having your business online is a must. If you don’t. Create one NOW.

Create a website and social media page for your business and posts pictures of your cakes. Make your website very visual and  let people know how they can order from you. Also on your website have an Opt In page to collect email address of those that visit your website. once you have that information, you can now send weekly or monthly emails showing them your specials and discounts.

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If you have a Cake Shop. Lucky you! How do you get more customers to your door?

Try and look for inventive and creative ways to get customers into your shop such as offering free samples to passersby. People are more likely to purchase whatever you are sampling if they taste and look good and are available immediately for purchase.

 

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Just don’t think you should be selling cakes to make money.

Why don’t you sell your skills.

You could open your home and offer baking and cake decorating classes. Not only will you be adding value, but you will gain more exposure for your brand, your students will be able to purchase good that you are selling in your store and  now you have added another stream of income to your business

 

With these marketing techniques you  are sure to be on your way to getting your cake business name out in the public and draw more customers thereby improving your sales and profits.

Are there any more marketing tips I didn’t mention? Comment below if you think of any.

Happy Caking.


x19Rotimicakelady is your personal cake fairy. She is a cake business consultant and Coach. 

She runs the Baking Business School  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 and get booked out with orders. Rotimicakelady is passionate about Cakes, business and making money.


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