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Why am I not making money in my cake business?

Have you ever asked yourself this question. Why am i not making money in this my cake business.

Okay you have finally taken the push and have started your cake business, maybe part or full time. You are passionate about baking.

You have done business card, printed fliers and have gone for training to improve your skills, but still you are hardly getting any orders.

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

If this is you, please continue reading.

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

You are selling cakes that people do not want to buy

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

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

How to make money in your cake business

Not realizing you are in business

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

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

How to make money in your cake business

Not keeping track of expenses

You have to keep track of what you are spending. You have to form this habit or keeping bookkeeping books and keeping receipts and not using your personal money to pay for cake stuff. A helpful guide is a webinar I did- Booking Systems for Cake Businesses. Click here and here to watch.

Waiting for customers to just miraculously appear

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

I have a Marketing Course that can help. Here are the details.

How to make money in your cake business

You Discount and negotiate too much

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

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

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

How to make money in your cake businessy

You are not confident

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

You do not own the conversation. You don’t give ideas and just accept whatever the customer wants. When you do this, people can tell that you are a learner, even though you may be the best baker in town.

You are scared of charging high prices, you don’t sound confident about your skills, you can’t really articulate why someone should pick you to make their cakes over another brand, and you can’t say no to the customers who price you cheaply.

How to make money in your cake business

You are a Jack of all trades

You are one of those people that have multiple businesses. You not only sell cakes, but also clothes, shoes, toys. You also are a network marketer. 

You need to concentrate on one thing or at least a similar line of business. People will just get confused not knowing what exactly you do. In your profile you advertise all sort of stuffs. If you are serious about your cake business and want to make a success of it, then you should let go of the others and concentrate on cake.

Whew!

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

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

“What are you going to do about it?”

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

Let’s solve this problem together.

Let me help you make money in your business. 

Take a look at our Online Courses and choose one that is right for you.

If you are not sure what course to choose, just contact me at cakelady@bakingbusinessschool.com.ng and tell me your challenges and I will recommend the right course for you.


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About Me:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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February Marketing Ideas

Happy New Month.

The month of Love is finally upon us.

So why don’t you create that theme for this month for your business.

This month provide a great opportunity to show appreciation and provide special promos, offers and content for your customers, subscribers, members and followers.

Plan a promotion that could include a sale, blog posts, promos, freebies, promotion, discounts, advertisement, publicity, social media posts, contests, challenges and more.

For instance for Kiss Day which is coming up on 13th February you could run a promo with a picture of cupcakes with Red lips on top as a decoration and say something catchy like ‘Waiting for that kiss from your love, gift her this kissable cupcakes and prepared to be kissed all over’.

You get the general idea?

Valentine marketing ideas

Look through this month-long holidays and see if any or all resonate with your business and customers.

  • International Expect Success Month
  • National Time Management Month
  • Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
  • International Boost Self-Esteem Month
  • Declutter For A Cause Month
  • National Black History Month
  • National Women Inventors Month
  • Library Lovers Month
  • National Laugh-Friendly Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Feb 1–7 is Women’s Heart Week
  • Feb 2–8 is Publicity for Profit Week
  • Feb 4–8 is International Networking Week®
  • Feb 7–14 is National Marriage Week
  • Feb 16–23 is National Entrepreneurship Week
  • Feb 17–23 is Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Feb 17–23 is Build A Better Trade Show Image Week
Valentine marketing ideas

Here are some special days this month to note:

February 1 is National Wear Red Day

February 2 is National Groundhog Day

February 7 is Rose Day

February 8 is Propose Day

February 8 is Laugh and Get Rich Day

February 10 is Teddy Day

11 February is Promise Day

13t February is Hug Day

13t February is Kiss Day

14t February  is Valentine’s Day

15t February is Single Awareness Day

February 17 is My Way Day

February 18 is President’s Day

February 20 is Love Your Pet Day

February 24 is the Academy Awards

February 27 is No Brainer Day

Valentine marketing ideas

From this post, what marketing idea are you going to implement in your business.

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About Me:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Baking Business School, Marketing, Cake Business coach

Start an Online Course  See our Free Resource Library      Read our Blog

Register for a Mini Course         Start your Cake Business Today

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

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

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

If this is you, please continue reading.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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2. Not Realizing You Are In Business

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

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

3. Not Keeping Track of Expenses

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

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

 

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4. Waiting For Customers to just Miraculously Appear

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

 

5. You Discount and Negotiate Too Much

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

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

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

 

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6. You Are Not Confident

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

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

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

 

7. You Are A Jack Of All Trades

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

Whew!

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

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

“What are you going to do about it?”

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

Let’s solve this problem together.

Let me help you make your money

Need help in your Pricing.  Then join this Masterclass- Pricing your cakes right to build a profitable cake business.

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

I am sure you know that this is the course for you…so Join the Masterclass.

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About Me:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business Lessons From My Holiday At Disney World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1. Treat Your Customers Right

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

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

 

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2. Incorporate Different Pricing Tiers

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

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

So why does it have different pricing systems.

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

Does your business offer multiple pricing packages?

How do you do that?

Simply by offering 3 alternatives for the client.

 A budget option, midrange and expensive option.

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

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

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

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

 

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3. Be Innovative

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

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

And lastly.

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4.     Never Give Up

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

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About Me:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what is this wonderful strategy, you may ask?

Well it’s NETWORKING. 

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

The Importance of Networking

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

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

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

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

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  1. THE WORD OF MOUTH STRATEGY

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. EXPAND YOUR NETWORK 

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

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

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

  1. YOUR CAKE BUSINESS BECOMES A TRUSTED brand 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enroll in my training The Wealthy Baker System. An Online Course that teaches you how to be a master in the art of selling, pricing, marketing, branding and structuring your cake business.

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

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REGISTER FOR THE WEALTHY BAKER SYSTEM ONLINE COURSE

The Wealthy Baker System is an 8 week program that will teach you how to sell, market brand, structure, plan and price your cake business even if you don’t know where to start from or you have been in business for a while and, and you are worried that you do not have any business knowledge.

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

To learn more about his course just click here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Me:

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Get People To Buy Your Cakes

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

So how do you do this?

You have to know how to make them buy from you

 

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

Emotional Marketing Triggers that Determine Why We Buy Cakes

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

Our emotions trigger us to buy

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

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

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1. Love 

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

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

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2. To show off

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

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3. Guilt
 

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

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

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

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

Marketing is only effective if it reaches the right people.

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


 

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

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

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About Me:

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Find The Right Customers For Your Cake Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Step 1: figure out who these people are. 

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

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

So think about this.

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

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

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

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Step 2: Figure out how they might find you.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Step 3: Be that kind of business your customer wants  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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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.

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.

 

5 Mistakes Made by Bakers In Marketing Their Business

 

So here goes:

 

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Mistake 1- Not following up with customers and potential clients

Following up with customers after they have ordered from you will guarantee you repeat orders and perhaps recommendations. Remember, getting repeat business from customers is important to growing and staying in business.

Try and always keep in touch with your customers and try and contact them at least once a month or more if you want. You could do this through monthly email newsletters or by SMS. This way, they are more likely to remember you and tell their friends about you.

So to do this, you need to maintain a data base of your customers such as their email address, birthdays, the type of cake they ordered,  phone number, etc. With this information, you will know how to communicate effectively with your customers.

 

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Mistake 2- Ignoring customers around you

Prospective customers are all around you; in your compound, your kids school, the salon you go to. So get involved and familarise yourself with your local area and network your cake business to them.

To succeed in your cake business, you need to expose yourself and network. People need to know about you so that they can remember you when they need to order a cake.

Many bakers are introverts and would rather be in the background decorating their cakes while someone else sells their cakes. That will be great if you are a big company and can hire staff to do your marketing for you. But most likely you are a one woman business, so you need to expose yourself enough to generate a sustained flow of customers and cake orders.

Don’t be shy, make sure you get out there and tell everybody you meet about your business.

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Mistake 3- Failing to monitor the success or failure of your marketing strategy

Whatever marketing strategy you do, you must monitor it from time to time. If you are not seeing any results, that is, you are not getting any additional orders then you must try another strategy. 

Your marketing efforts should bring you a reasonable return on your investment. You cannot be spending money on marketing s strategy if it doesn’t lead to sales.

So every few months, reflect on your marketing strategies and find out what works and what doesn’t and think of new ways to attract new customers to your business.

 

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Mistake 4- Misuse of your Social Media 

Social media marketing is a must-have for your cake business. However, starting a Facebook page and posting a few posts are not enough.

Social media is a marketing tool and should be used with a strategy in mind, if not it can actually harm your business.

First, understand how to use social media effectively, and then, create a social media marketing plan. Use your market research to know where your customers are online and create a presence there and communicate relevant, helpful information to them.

Another big mistake that Bakers make is join all the Facebook Bakery groups and be gisting with other bakers. 

Yes this may be all well and good, but being in those groups will not attract any customers.

So instead of joining various cake groups, join groups whose members are your target customers such as groups where mothers are gathered, wedding planners groups etc and build relationships with the admins in the groups so they can give positive recommendations, answer their questions, tell them about your cakes which could lead to more customers.

 

Mistake 5- Not having a Website 

A website is an absolute must for your cake business. I cannot stress it enough. Your website doesn’t have to be complicated. A website will enable people to view your cakes and also get the information needed to make an order or to contact you. 

Finally, I hope the knowledge of these common mistakes will help you to review your marketing strategy for your cake business and help you make the necessary changes to guarantee your success and more cake orders.

Please leave a comment below if you found this article useful or have any questions. I am here to help.

Till next week.


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me 6Rotimicakelady 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.

This Is Why Your Cake Business Is Failing (and what you can do about it)

It’s quite disheartening when your cake business is slow, isn’t it? We start to feel like a failure, like this business was a bad idea, like the competition is taking away all the customers away from us.

Believe me I understand how you feel. There are many a times when i ask myself if i made the right decision in resigning from my job and venturing into this wonderful world of cakes. 

There would be weeks when i didn’t have a single order and when i do i will be doubting my cake skills wondering if i am able to create the cake the customer wants.

But one thing i will tell you for free. It will get better, so please do not give up.

But you need to do some work and look at your business if you want to improve your sales.

The first thing you do is to look at your past track record. You either got a few or plenty of orders in the past, If you used to get plenty orders, what did you do? You need to trace your patterns.

However, you need to realize that what worked so well in the past may not work as well now because:

1) There are more bakers out there doing what we do on those same platforms,

 2) It’s much harder to reach your potential customers through Facebook unless you use paid Ad’s, and

3) You are still doing the same old thing, even though the cake industry have changed significantly.

If your orders are few and far between means that you may have not done much in the way of marketing your business. Like what platforms do you use to market your cakes or to tell people about your cakes?  

 

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So if you are suffering from low sales, you need to as yourself  3 important questions:

  1. How can i do to stand out from the competition: What makes your cake business stand out from the other bakers out there? 
  2. What can you do to get new customers: How would someone who wants the type and the taste of your cakes you offer even know you exist in the first place? How do these people find you?
  3. How do you keep your current customers: You need to think how to remind your customers that you are always there for them, how can you always remind them to always remember you when they need a cake. Think back, do you get repeat custom, or do people order from you and then forget about you because they never hear from you again?

Once you’ve thought and answered these questions. It’s time to get it out there and MARKET, MARKET, MARKET that cake business of yours.

You have to realise that as your business grows and changes, your marketing should be growing and changing too  because the business of marketing is constantly evolving.  

Yes, we love to make Cake but forget that we need to sell it in order to sustain a profitable and successful business, and although you may think that marketing makes you look a bit desperate, it doesn’t have to be that way!

THINK OF MARKETING AS A MEANS FOR YOU TO GET YOUR BUSINESS OUT THERE TO THE PEOPLE THAT MATTER

 You might also want to have a look at this awesome Course called ‘The Ultimate Guide to Marketing your Cake Business’ – This Course is ideal and will give you a boost forward to get your business back on track if you have been having low sales.

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

 

 

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