Tools for your cake business

7 Tips For Starting Your Successful Cake Business

 

Here are some of the key Tips I would recommend:

 Tip 1: GET CAKE TRAINED

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

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

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

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

 

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 Tip 2: FIND AND DEVELOP A NICHE

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

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

Think about it.

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 Tip 3: PRICING

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

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

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

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

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

 TIP 4: REGISTER YOUR CAKE BUSINESS

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

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

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TIP 5: BUILD A WEBSITE

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

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

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

 TIP 6: MARKETING

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Don’t Give Up – How to keep on going and never give up on your business goals and dreams

How many times do we feel like giving up?

If you do not want to admit it, well I will tell you. I do. Sometimes many times a month. I feel like giving up when I don’t get any orders, I feel like giving up when I see Facebook post of my colleagues talking about their successes. I feel like giving up when I am not making enough money to buy things for my kids or to pay some bills.

So do not feel you are alone in feeling this way.

Whether your goal is to further your career, succeed in love or marriage, become the ultimate cake queen, lose weight, or any other personal ambition, staying motivated and keeping your attention focused on your ultimate aspiration is critical.

Becoming distracted or letting failure derail your plans will never let you get what you want.

The only way to win is to keep on trying.

As basketball superstar Michael Jordan put it, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

In today’s blogpost, I want to give some tips to keep you on track so that you can continue to strive to achieve your cake business dream despite any setback, any failure, any distraction, and any mistake.

 

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Worst Case Scenario

At the start of the day, think about the absolute worst thing that could happen. How likely is it that things would get so bad? Probably not very. Remind yourself that even if the worst occurs, you have what it takes to overcome any situation, no matter how terrible.

It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Living in the moment is the best source of motivation you will ever find. Enjoy the day to day experience of living your life, both when things are going well and when you are dealing with problems. It will give you a better appreciation of who you are and what you can contribute to the world around you. So when you are busying piping your 1000th rose, try and not think of it as a chore, but something that could catapult you to greatness.

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Procrastination Is Your Enemy

In the groundbreaking motivational guide “Success through a Positive Mental Attitude”,Napoleon Hill famously interjected “Do it now!” as a rallying cry for successful people. Never delay or procrastinate or your opportunities may be lost. Your time is the one thing you can never get back. Treat your time like it’s a valuable commodity.

Today Is All You Can Influence

Accomplishing long term goals is a moment by moment activity. You can’t change what has happened in the past, but you can influence what will happen in the future by focusing on achieving the goals you set for yourself each day. Do the very best you can with what you have to work with right now. If you do, the future will take care of itself.

 

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Be Inspired Passion

 People who don’t care, don’t succeed. Passion is one part emotion and one part commitment. If you have commitment but no passion, your work will be dull. If you have passion, but no commitment, your work will be undirected. But when the two come together and you bring real passion to what you do each day, there can be no stopping you.

Use Measurable Objectives

You can accomplish any goal by breaking it down into a series of smaller steps. Set a long-term goal for yourself, then create milestones to measure how close you are getting to achieving it each day, week and month. Mark your milestones down on a calendar and hang it somewhere that you will see it each day. Celebrate victories when you achieve your goals.

So I hope I have provided you some tips designed to motivate you to never give up on your dreams and ambition.

The truth is that nobody can motivate anybody to do anything. You need to inspire and motivate yourself most times.

The  techniques described here can all be boiled down to 3 keys to successful living:

  • Being willing to leave your comfort zone
  • Not being afraid to make mistakes
  • Not indulging in self-limiting thinking

As with all things in life, mistakes are going to happen. You can prepare as much as possible, but the unexpected will always occur sooner or later.

Successful people don’t let setbacks and obstacles stop them from moving toward their ultimate goals.

Instead, they continually commit themselves to happiness and positive thinking, no matter what happens.

By keeping your eye on the prize and daring to dream big, you can achieve anything you want in life.

Good luck!

I am rooting for you 🙂 


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Join our 8 day marketing challenge at if any of these applies to you:

• you don’t know how to start promoting your cakes
• You’re a baker, not a marketer, sales person, blogger, social media manager or accountant.
• You do not have much money
• You want to advertise but don’t know where (or when) is the best time? 
• You really need more cake orders and looking for ideas on how to make more people know about your cake business.

If Yes, join our 8 days Marketing challenge here: 

 


 

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.

Do You Have A Business Or An Expensive Hobby?

This is something many home based cake business owners struggle with, and I will admit have struggled with this in the past.

Treating your business like an expensive hobby instead of a business. You might be doing this right now but you might not know it.

So, in this blogpost I am going to help you recognise whether you are actually running a business or in fact just have a very expensive hobby.

If anything I say below rings true, then you may just be running a hobby rather than a fully-fledged business, then please go and register for my Pricing your cakes right to build a money making cake business Masterclass where you will be taken through the process to make sure you move away from hobby cake business owner and move into the role of a successful cake businesswoman.

  1. You have not even registered your company

One of the first steps in setting up your business is to register it at the Corporate Affairs Commission.  Structuring your business properly from the start sets the right tone for not only yourself but for your potential customers as well.

You will appear more trustworthy and professional if you have a duly registered company. How can you expect your potential customers seriously if you too don’t take yourself seriously?

  1. You do not know how to price your cakes

I know pricing can be a real struggle for cake business owners. Most times we do not know how much we should charge for our cakes and in the end we allow ourselves to be under-priced.

People value what they pay for. If a person values what you are doing, then you should charge appropriately otherwise they will value you less and you will be known as the cheap cake lady.

You are in business to make money, so you need to charge right for your time, skill and effort you put in in crating that masterpiece of a cake.

If pricing is a struggle for you then register for my Pricing your cakes right to build a money making cake business Masterclass and all your pricing woes will be out to bed.

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  1. You don’t know how much money you make from my business.

If you don’t know how much money you are making then you also don’t know if, or when your business is making a profit or loss.

This is a clear sign your business is an expensive hobby.

The foundation of any business is in good record keeping and keeping track of your expenses. You need to have bookkeeping and accounting systems in place. This will help you monitor the finances of your business.

If you cannot tell how much you made and how much you spent in previous months, then it means you’re treating it like an expensive hobby.

So, if this is you then please, please watch my Training on Bookkeeping Systems you should have in your cake business here and here and put an end to it now with my simple actionable tactics.

  1. You know nothing about marketing

Customers do not fall from the sky. You have to go out there to get them and the only way you can get customers is by marketing. 

Marketing your business is a must. There are various marketing strategies you can employ such as social media marketing, having a blog, sending out email or sms newsletters. You need to be doing some sort of marketing on a consistent basis every day, if not; your business will find it hard to survive.

If you are unsure about marketing, then register for Pricing your cakes right to build a money making cake business Masterclass which has an  entire Module dedicated to Marketing.

Stop waiting for people to find you and go out and go get them

  1. You do not keep track of your time

Do you how long it takes you to bake and decorate a cake from start to finish? How long does it take for you to give a quote for a cake, answering emails, shopping for ingredients and so on? You need to keep track of your time. Because you need to be paid for your time. You need to earn a wage for the time you use for an order.

If you feel you are worth N500 an hour, then if you spend 5 hours shopping, baking and decorating a cake, that means you will have earned N2,500. So that amount should be added to the price of your cake.

If you don’t know where you are spending your time then you have no idea what you are actually getting paid.

 

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6.    Your family and friends don’t take your business seriously

The energy that we give off about something reflects on those around us. If you are finding that your friends treat your business like a hobby, then it’s likely you are also speaking about it in that way as well.

What kind of language do you use when you speak about your cake business? How do you stand and how do you feel? All of these signals are emitted and interpreted by those around us.
If you are upset by a friend or maybe even family members  not taking your business seriously or they keep asking you for a free or a cheap cake, then this is a sign that you probably aren’t taking your business seriously.

  1. You do not have a website because you are still deciding what logo to use

If the reason you have not launched your website is because you are still deciding on what colours, or logo or theme to use, then you really are missing the point of being in business.

Yes it’s good to get those things right, but don’t spend time and a lot of money deciding on such trivial matters. You mind should be on how to get your business out there so that people will know you and you can start making money, how to add value and how to be different from the other cake businesses out there.

So that’s it.

I have struggled with all of these in the past, and many home based cake business owners do to. And this is something that I help my clients to deal with all of the time through my coaching programs and courses.

So, if any of these are true for you don’t worry. You are not alone.

The most important step is to become aware of and identify the issue, and if you have done this by reading to the end of this article, that is a huge step, well done.

The next step is to come over and register for my Pricing your cake right to build a money making cake business masterclass and I will give you some really actionable strategies that you can implement straight away to build a more profitable and lucrative cake business.

 

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About Me:

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.

Here is why you haven’t achieved your dreams?

April is already upon us. We are already in the second quarter of the year.I’m really wondering how the last 3 months went.

We only just have 2 more Quarters in the year left. Soon we will be celebrating Christmas.

It is true that time waits for no one.

How are you getting on with achieving your goals?

I now realize that i really have to buck down and really work harder in getting to where I want to be.

Yes I have achieved some great things in the last few months, but i have not made the dramatic changes i wanted both in my life and in my business.

I am telling you this, because i want to reveal to you that i too struggle. I too procrastinate. I tell myself that there is still time and then wonder where the time went.

But one thing that has helped me is i always write my goals down. And not just write it down, but make a plan of how i will achieve it.

In this post I want to show you some questions you should ask yourself when you want to review your goals.

These questions will help you in assessing you progress, review your setbacks and make you strategise how to make things better.

  1. In Q1, what went well in your business?
  2. In Q1, what do you think did not go well in your business?
  3. What could you have done better to have achieved your goals?
  4. Are you on course to reaching your money goals for the year?
  5. What were your personal goals and are you any closer to achieving them?

So I am going to answer these questions for you, so that you too can do the same.

In Q1, what do you think went well in your business?

  • gained more subscribers in the Cake Business Owners Club
  • having a cake business tip show on Facebook Live every weekday
  • developed a new look for my website
  • did a few business training courses
  • seeing the Cake Business Club Whatsapp group grow
  • published an article in the Naija Top Baker Magazine
  • got more paid subscribers to my Courses
  • started a coaching program for clients

In Q1, what did not go well in your business?

  • did not make my monthly income goal
  • delayed in creating new courses
  • yet to establish a live workshop

What could you have done better to have achieved your goals?

  • to do more Masterclasses and Webinars
  • should quickly implement what i have learnt from the business training courses i have attended
  • to read more business books
  • less time watching TV programs ( I am addicted to ‘the real housewives of Atlanta’, ‘Empire’  ‘Love & hip hop’ and ‘Scandal’)

Are you on course to reaching your money goals for the year?

  • Yes I am. Have to be more aggressive and seek more avenues in promoting my products.

What were your personal goals and are you any closer to achieving them?

  • I am still on my weight loss journey. I have not lost much weight but i have not really been serious, but i am determined now and i intend to lose 20lbs.

So that’s me in a nutshell. I am exposing myself here and it is all for your benefit.

Just know you are not alone.

If you have not developed the habit of writing your goals, please start now.

I am going to make giant strides in the Cake Business Owners Club. I will be hosting a live Masterclass/ Webinar every week.

Also i am going to organise a live Cake Business Workshop this Quarter. So look out for announcement in the Cake Business Group page and our weekly newsletter. 

The reason i am telling you this, is that now that I have revealed this. I will have no excuse, but to get on with it. 

This Quarter I am determined. 

NO MORE EXCUSES

I am also launching my Pricing Course this month.  It is finally ready and i have spent a lot time on the material. Just know that with this Course all your Pricing woes are over.So if you have not registered for it, here is the link to register .

So what are you going to change this second quarter? Will love to hear about your plans. Just Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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)

Why I Think You Should Start A Cake Business

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

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

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

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You have a passion for cake

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

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

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

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

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

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Do it Afraid

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

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

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

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

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

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

So even though you are afraid. Do it Afraid.

You will be a Goal Crusher

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

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

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You Will Become Ms. Cake Boss Lady

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

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

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

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You will become more smart

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

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

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

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You will become an avid learner

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

How to Sell your Cakes using Facebook

I will take a wide guess and assume that you know how to use Facebook, or at least you have heard of Facebook.

Even if you don’t have a business page, the chances are you’re already have a Facebook personal page.

Facebook is a great social media platform to take advantage of for your cake business.

The multiple functions available on Facebook – your personal profile, groups, pages to name a few – there are many channels you can engage with to market your cake business. 

Just make sure you keep up to date with Facebook’s rules for business use to make sure you don’t run foul.

These are 3 great tips on how to sell your cakes using Facebook which are easy and don’t take a lot of time to set up. For more tips on how to market your cakes Click Here.

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Create a Facebook Business page

Creating your own Facebook page for your cake business is a great way to give your cake business an online presence beyond having a blog or website.

Having a dedicated Facebook page for your cake business means that people can search for your business and find it easily.

Word of mouth referrals go a long way for many cake businesses, especially when you’re just starting out and building a client base. If a potential customer has heard of you from a friend, searching for your business on Facebook will likely be one of the ways they will try to find you apart from a Google search.

You then have the opportunity to seal the deal when they reach your Facebook page.

How do you do this?

You could share testimonials from happy customers, have pics of your cakes and cupcakes and/or photos of your bakery or photos of you at work baking or decorating a cake.

So that any visitor on your page will see that you have a thriving business, know what you’re doing, and – most importantly likely to order from you having seen your cake portfolio and social proof from other happy customers.

It also keeps the people who have liked your page up to date with your fantastic cakes keeping you in their minds the next time they need to order a cake for an occasion.

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It is very easy to create a Facebook page for your cake business, just follow these steps:

  • Login to Facebook;
  • From your personal page, at the top right hand corner is a downward arrow and select “Create a Page” on the left-hand side;
  • Options are provided for what type of business you have. Select the options that best apply to you. The local business option would suit a cake business fan page;
  • Choose type of business and business name (make sure your business name is obvious that you sell cakes);
  • Tick the box, ‘I agree to Facebook terms and conditions’;
  • Upload an image as your profile picture;
  • Add your website address if you have one. Fill in the ‘about’ section;
  • Make sure you include your opening hours if applicable and your contact details so any visitors know how and when to place an order;
  • Include a Call to Action in your description box so that anyone visiting your page can order a cake.

 

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Local Facebook Groups

Local Facebook groups are another great place to sell your cakes using Facebook.

In the search bar, type in your location to find Facebook groups dedicated to your local area, then ask to join them.

Once you have been added to the group, you can see what other people in your local area are posting about. If they ask for recommendations for a cake supplier, jump in there and offer your services, linking to your Facebook business page to show them more about your cake business.

This can be more effective than linking directly to your website as it doesn’t ask the reader to leave Facebook, the platform they are currently on, just to visit an alternative page.

You can also use Facebook groups to promote your business page.

Check the group’s information section or pinned post for any rules on promotional posts as these are sometimes limited to certain days of the week. Some groups do not like advertising or soliciting for customers. Abiding by the group rules, share your Facebook page for your cake business to spread the word locally to other potential customers.

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Facebook Adverts

Although this option isn’t free like the other two, Facebook adverts are still a way that you can sell your cakes using Facebook.

To create an advert, visit your business page and choose whether you want to promote your page, website, or boost a specific post.

When you click one of these options, you’ll have the option to add some text to your promoted post. This is the place to advertise your services, availability, and contact details. You can also include a testimonial from a happy customer followed by these details for social proof that you are the cake business to go with.

Include a call to action at the end of the advert to encourage people to take action, get in touch, and order their cake with you.

Whilst Facebook Ads are a paid for service, they are relatively reasonable in price in comparison to traditional forms of advertising.

However, note that Facebook Ads are charged in dollars. A few months ago, you could use your naira card to pay for Ads, but now you will need a Dollar card, so that means you will need to have a domiciliary account.

With just a $5 promotion you can reach a wider audience of people. Thereby leading to more and new page likes which could lead to more sales.

It’s important to target your advert when setting it up to only appear for people in your area so that your audience are all people who it would be practical to sell your cakes to.

The more people who like your page, the more people who can engage with and view your posts, and the more people who can share your posts and cake pics with others.

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So what have you learnt?

  • Create a Facebook business page to make your cake business visible online and give you an avenue to promote and market your cakes
  • Participate in local Facebook groups to spread the word about your cake business
  • Use targeted Facebook Adverts to increase the reach of your cake business and find more customers

Find this post useful? You’ll love this sample of a Marketing Plan for your cake business. Click Here to get your FREE Marketing Plan

Till next week.

Happy Caking.

Cake Regards,

8 Ways to be Booked Solid with Cake Orders

Who wouldn’t love to be booked for months and months with orders. 

This is every cake business owners’s dream. Are you struggling in your cake business? Are you barely making enough money to cover bills? Are you wondering why people are not ordering from you or why you get very few orders.

Well i am going to help by sharing with you some ideas and tips to help you get more cake orders.

Let Vendors be your friends

Make friends with party planners, party venue operators and vendors that serve your ideal clients and try all you can to be on their Vendors List. That means you will be among their first to call if their Client needs a cake. Once you are on their list, don’t let them rest ,you’ve got to network, network, and network.

I am not even talking about just party planners, but also caterers, photographers, owners of party shops, entertainers other cake decorators and even the DJ. Just think of anyone involved in parties and network with them.

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Sell Your Cakes at Events

 It is important to have many ways of selling your cakes. Church fairs, schools come highly recommend, as this is where your target customers frequents. And don’t forget to go with your business cards and give out samples.

Get a Website

A website is a must for your cake business. Having your own website makes you and your business more professional, creates inquiries and orders and ultimately makes you money, which is your end goal.

You can create a website by yourself. There are a number of free websites that can have you online in just a day. With a website, it will give an opportunity for customers to see pictures of your cakes and to get enquirers.

 In addition, a website address is an essential to be able to put onto your business cards, flyers and other marketing materials.  So, this means, you will need to have a website address at the point of ordering your business cards.

Also with a website, you can connect with your current customers by way of weekly email newsletters where you will be able to share your recent cake pictures  or promos

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 Be an expert

 Set yourself as an expert. Are you good at wedding cakes or character cakes, You can display this knowledge by blogging, submitting articles, or sharing your work and content on social media or simply by posting videos on Facebook.

 You can also submit recipes, tutorials and cakes to magazines for articles.. Just know that your cake pictures must be of good quality to get featured in magazines. You can enquire via email and social media about being featured in a publication and always follow up if you do not hear a reply.

I’m telling you if you persevere with this strategy and you become the go-to person for a particular skill, the sky is the limit.

 Attract Success and you will be successful

What type of business do you want? Write it down and then mirror the business you want to build. 

We are all attracted to success.  Do not wait for an order to make a cake or to post a cake on your social media page.  This will give the impression that you are in high demand and people would be vying for your attention.  Not only is this a good way of practicing your cake techniques, it will help you build your own portfolio.

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Offer cake decorating classes

 If you need extra cash and to gain more recognition, why don’t you start offering cake decorating classes for both  adults and children. 

This is a good way to be seen as an expert and of course because of that people will want to order from you.

Follow up  

Follow up, Follow up Follow up. When you get an inquiry and you do not hear from them, it is very okay to call them back to see if they want to go ahead with the order. Sometimes people just forget and with you making yourself available can make them want to go ahead with the order.

Join Facebook Groups

 Where do your target customers hang out on Facebook. Find out and join. Be social and post pictures of cakes you have made. This way you will gain visibility. 

 Some of these tips will require you to be brave and confident in your product because you are reaching out to a wider audience.  So be professional in dealing with people and ensure that your business is well organized.

Till next week.

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This Training is called the Ultimate Guide to Marketing your Cake Business.

This Course is going to be an absolute changer in your cake business.

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Inside this training, you will get access to so many ways you can market your business to increase your revenue and earn the money you want in your cake business. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

What’s included in this Course

  • Detailed, step-by-step action you can take to get started with marketing;
  • Cake Business Marketing tips for the Nigerian market;
  • What to include in your cake business marketing plan;
  • Marketing Strategies for a Cake Decorating Business;
  • How to market your cake business on social media;
  • Business branding;
  • Who is my ideal client?
  • How to find more customers;
  • How to sustain and keep your customers;
  • How to get more orders;
  • How to sell with confidence without sounding or looking desperate;
  • How to close that deal and sell that Cake;
  • How to market online and offline;
  • How to advertise your cake business;
  • Where are your customers hiding;
  • How to create a website
  • How to get wedding cake orders;
  • How to market and promote your home based cake business;
  • How to get yourself known with little or no money
  • …and much more

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So do you want a step to step guide on how to market your business?

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Do you want more people to know your brand?

Do you want to make more money?

Do you want financial independence?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, what are you waiting for?

You can get this Course for only N12,000.

To pay for this Course just reply to this email or send an email to cakelady@bakingbusinessschool.com.ng or bakingbusinessschool@gmail.com requesting for payment details.

Once payment has been made, I will send you a receipt and some free Bonuses as a thank you. The Course shall thereafter be sent to your email within 24 hours.

These are the bonuses you will get

  • Action Plan for your Cake Business
  • Pricing Your Cake Worksheet
  • Bestselling Cake Recipe Book
  • Marketing Plan for your Cake Business
  • How much money you can make in your Cake Business Handbook
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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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Who is the cake business best suited for?

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

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

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

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Rules and regulations

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

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

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

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

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Research and competition

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

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

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

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Costs and earnings

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

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

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

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

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An average day for a Baker

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

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

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

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

Useful contacts

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

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

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It’s time to live your cake business dream

Till next week.

Happy Caking!
RotimiCakeLady

7 Steps to setting up a Marketing Plan for your Cake Business

 Hello RotimiCakeLady here, founder of Baking Business School and the Mini Course: How to start a cake business in 7 days. I help struggling home base cake business with strategies to make more sales, get more customers and start making more money.

I also help those who have a passion for baking transition from being hobby cake makers to becoming cakepreneurs.

This week I will be providing you with 7 important steps to follow in setting up a marketing plan for your cake business.

When i first started my cake business journey, I had no plan, no idea on how to tell people about my wonderful cakes. I kept posting on every social media platform hoping that will get me customers, and was so disappointed when no customers came. It was not until I created a plan on how to market to my target customers, that i started seeing results.

Taste alone is not enough to market your cake business to potential customers, so it’s important to develop a marketing plan to promote your cake business.

There are many ways of getting more cake orders and sharing with the world your cake business, but before you start you need to come up with a marketing plan. Here are a few pointers to help you know what marketing strategies to adopt for your cake business.

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Step 1

Create an avatar of your ideal customer. This means that you should have a clear idea of the profile of your target market. You may think that your customer is everyone, but it isn’t. Yes, it is mostly women that order cakes, but not all women are your customers. You will go a long way if you know who your customer is in order to create your marketing and advertising strategies.

In order to create your customer’s avatar, think of whom you want to be your customer. You need to build an outline identifying the age, location, income level, occupation, schooling level, lifestyle, hobbies, interests, fears, worries and stresses of the customers you plan to market your cakes to. This profile will help you develop marketing strategies and tactics to attract your core customers.

Once you have completed this exercise, you will have heaps of information on your target market, where to find her, how to help her and connect with her. For example, you may plan to focus on creating character cakes for kids, so your customers will be mothers of children between the ages of 1 to 8.

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Another thing to consider when developing a marketing plan is the location you plan to market your cakes to and what type of competition is around there. If there are several cake shops in the area where you are located, you will have to get more aggressive in your marketing to be ahead of the competition. One way is to either create a niche or find something unique in your products to sway customers to you.

Compare the types of cakes and the services you offer with that of your competitors. This way you will know if you should offer something extra, such as next day delivery or cake decorating classes.

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Step 3

Perform a S(strength) W(weakness) O(opportunities) T(threats) analysis for your cake business.

For example, a strength of yours may be that you have excellent skills in creating character cakes while a weakness may be that you are a one man business so cannot take up a lot of orders. Likewise, an opportunity may be the fact that you’re the only homemade cake baker within your area while a threat might be that a local supermarket also sells cakes.

Step 4

Now develop a list of marketing objectives and goals for your cake business.  It has been proven time and time again that those that write their goals usually succeed than those that don’t.

Your goals and objectives may include: setting up a Facebook Business Page, advertising in school newsletters, to set up a blog, inform your neighbourhood about your cake business, participate in church programs and get media coverage in local magazines or cake blogs.

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Step 5

Try and set aside a marketing budget for your cake business each month. It is suggested that you dedicate about 10% of your sales to marketing purposes. If you have just started your cake business, it is important you spend a little more on your marketing to increase your business’s visibility.

Step 6

Develop a list of strategies that will help you achieve your cake business goals and objectives, and that are within your budget.

For example, you might decide to participate in some marketing tactics such as donating a cake or cupcakes to your church each month, advertising in your local school newsletter, offer cake decorating classes, contacting your local supermarkets to sell your cakes at wholesale price, setting up social media pages to display pictures of your cakes or offering discounts.

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Step 7

Track your results to determine which marketing strategy is best for you to achieve your cake business goals and objectives. Measuring your results will ensure you know what marketing strategy you employ works or not. For example, you might find out that you get more likes on Facebook than on instagram, which shows most of your potential customers are on Facebook.

As a special bonus for you, i have included a Sample Marketing Plan which you can incorporate for your cake business. Click here to access it.

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

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It’s time to live your cake business dream

Till next week.

Happy Caking!
RotimiCakeLady