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How to write a Cake Business Proposal (free sample included)

A few days ago, my younger daughter won her school’s annual spelling bee.

This is quite an achievement. She came first out of the whole school, that is form Year 1 to Year 6.

 I am extremely proud of her because I know she worked so hard.

My daughters are as different as chalk and cheese.

The older one is very smart and because she is smart she finds it easy to grasp things very easily. You just have to teach her something once and she has gotten it. Doing her homework is a breeze. No matter the complexity of her assignments, she does it without any difficulty.

My younger daughter on the other hand is different. It takes her a little time to understand, so it does take her a little more time to do her homework.

So while her sister would have finished her homework in what seems like just minutes, she has to spend more time and perhaps ask for help.

The older one usually wins most competitions in school.

Her younger sister used to get very upset about this. But I had to sit her down and tell her that we all have different strengths and that if you want something you have to work hard and study.

So when the spelling bees competition came up, I noticed that the younger one took it very seriously. Even after doing the usual practice run with both of them, I will see the younger one in her spare time practicing her spelling, even at bedtimes.

The older one of course practised very hard, but guess she didn’t take it as seriously as her younger sister.

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As they went off to school the morning of the competition , I could see the younger one was nervous but the older was happy and confident.

After school I half expected the older one to come up running to me with her winning certificate to add to all the ones she has won preciously. But I was greatly surprised to find out that the younger one had not only won but had come first out of the whole school.

Her certificate is now placed prominently in front of our fridge.

So why am I telling you this story.

We all run different races. Some are faster than others.

As humans we compare ourselves to others. We cannot help it.

We entrepreneurs look at other businesses and see their content and likes on social media, and their supposed plethora of customers.

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But we have to realise that everything has its time. You may not be as successful as the other baker, but your time is coming.

Continue to work hard, see what those successful bakers are doing and adapt it to yourself. Go out and meet your target customers, take Courses to learn more and most importantly believe in yourself

Also those who are successful now, please do not rest on your laurels. You have to constantly innovate because people are close behind you and could overtake you if you are found slacking.

A quote by Stephen Chow said, ‘ If you can keep  going and never give up, ultimately you will get something that you really want’.

On another note, I have been getting messages from my Baking busines School WhatsApp group about how to write business proposal

A business proposal is a basically a document that’s designed to persuade an organization to buy a product or service. Which is different from a business plan which in its simplest form, is a guide, a roadmap for your business that outlines goals and details how you plan to achieve those goals

So lets say you want to start supplying cupcakes to supermarkets in your area or you want to pitch to a client about catering their event. It is always a good idea to go with a business proposal in hand.

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Here are the 5 steps to writing a successful business proposal:

  1. Get as much information about the company or client;
  2. What are your objectives? What services will you be providing?  
  3. How much are you going to charge?
  4. Start writing Your Business Proposal.
  5. Send your proposals out and Follow-Up.

To give you a helping hand I have included a sample business proposal for you so you can just adapt it to the particular organisation or client you wish to do business with.

In this sample proposal, Bose Cakes & Bakes is pitching to a mother to a bride to be the event planner for her daughter’s wedding.

Just go to this link to download this sample proposal template.

https://bakingbusinessschool.com.ng/sample-wedding-planning-proposal/

Comment below if you have ever used a business proposal in your transactions and how it worked or did not work 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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Business Structures to have In your Cake Business (part 2)

I am continuing my post from last week on the structures you should have in place to have a successful cake business. In case you missed the first 6, you can read them here. Now lets get to it.

Financial Books

Keep track of your ingoings and outgoings.

Since you’re running your own business, you need to keep track of your income and your business expenses so that you can enter this information into the necessary financial books so you will know whether you are making a loss or profit. 

Well there are 3 essential books you should have in your Cake Business where you will input information such as records of money coming in and out and they are:

  • The Profit and Loss Statement,
  • the Cash Flow Statement and
  • The Balance Sheet

These are the 3 primary financial statements used to assess a company’s performance and financial position.

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Business Plan

Develop a business plan. Everyone always wants to skip this part and get straight to the baking, but it is really and truly important.

Think of a business plan as simply a list of questions on a form or a template. It makes you think of questions that you may have or have not considered like

 How much does your product cost you to make, and how much do you want to sell it for?? Where will you sell? How will you market yourself? Is there demand for your cakes in your area? How much competition will you have? How do the competition’s products compare to yours in price and quality? How long will it take to turn a profit?  

Your business plan will tell you whether or not your business is even profitable.

It’s worth it to make a plan, rather than bang your head against a wall for months wondering why your business isn’t working. 

By having those questions and answers in front of you, it can help you map the way forward for your business and help you define your goals in real terms and it is something to refer to when your business starts to grow.

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Social Sites

For your cake business you should develop an online presence.

You make a product that looks beautiful, so photographs are going to be key.

Set up a simple website with important details like what you do, where you’re based, and how people can place an order, and add plenty of mouth-watering photos. There are tons of website builders to choose from, including WordPress, or Wix.

Also set up a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and an Instagram account for your business, and keep them updated with posts and photographs. It’s also important to interact with other people on social media, so spend a few minutes each day liking and commenting on other people’s posts, and following relevant accounts.

To help in your marketing efforts, you should Set up a website and Facebook page for your business marketing. Quite a lot of marketing on Facebook can be achieved for free or at least very inexpensively.

The importance of a professional looking web site is that people will be able to find you more easily and your business will appear more professional. Also with sites like Facebook and Instagram you can display a gallery of your cakes and also give details of how potential customers can contact you.

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Business Cards

You should always your business cards with you. when you are out and about marketing or just going on with your life.

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Unique Selling Position

Think about standing out. There’s a large number of baking and cake making businesses out there, so you need to think about how you’re going to differentiate yourself.

What is your unique selling proposition or USP.

A USP is the reason why your baked  products are different from the rest. What makes your customers prefer you more than the other bakers.

Your USP is the reason why your customers decide to order from you and why they decide to remain with you.

Think about something in your business that makes it different from the rest. Your business is unique; it has its own personality. So think about what makes you distinct and special. Do you make awesome cupcakes or your cakes are fat free. You could specialise in vegan and/or gluten-free or fat free bakes, for instance, or concentrate on children’s party cupcakes or wedding cakes.

Take a few moments and think on this.

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Develop a Marketing Strategy

You need to market your business.

People need to discover your wonderful cakes, so it’s important to think about marketing strategies. Of course you can use social media to reach potential customers, but you can think of other ways.

If you’re specialising in wedding cakes, you may be able to put flyers in a wedding dress shop, or develop a relationship with a local wedding venue.

Here are a few examples of some marketing strategies you can employ for your cake business:

  • Use Facebook advertising.
  • Word of mouth
  • Create fliers
  • Offer an opening special
  • Attend local events

That is it, the business structures you should have in place in your cake business.

Now go out there and Start selling! What are you going to do today to improve your cake business. Please comment below.

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About Me:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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We are available on a number of social media platforms where you will find educative content, videos, audios and other resources to help you in your cake business.

So please check them out and don’t forget to follow, subscribe and engage with us on all the baking Business School accounts.


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2019 Must Do’s For All Cake Business Owners

We want this year to be better, right?

I too want the same for your business.

It is no longer status quo. Your business should be moving forward not remaining stagnant or worse going backwards.

I have complied some vital tips you should be doing to have a successful 2019.

Read and apply.


Get Organized

To be successful in business you need to be organized. You should have a data list of all your customers like their email, telephone number, office or home address.

With a data list you can be periodically be sending them marketing campaigns or text messages of your promos, announcements, contests or new additions to your product line. Look for ways to thank your loyal customers like sending them a surprise box of cupcakes at their workplace or inviting tem to a special vent where you will be.

You should always be in the mind of your customers. Don’t just throw away their information after the order is done with. Continually stay in touch with them. Alsothis goes for people who did not go ahead with an order still keep their information and send them your marketing material also.

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Have a Written Plan

What do you want your business t look like in 2, 3,5, 10 years’ time? Write it down and make a plan of how you will achieve it. Without a plan, it is merely a dream. Outline your business plan, your goals, income goal,  a sales and marketing plan, and a determination of the cash you need to get things done. Writing it all down is a crucial first step.

Read

Don’t just read bakery books. Read books on Finance, business and entrepreneurship. Make it a goal to read at least one business book a month for a start and grow from there. Expanding your knowledge is vital for not only your growth but also your business growth. There are many books you can find online that are free that can expand your knowledge. So there is no excuse.

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Be Creative

Always be looking for ways to improve your business and to make it stand out from the competition. Look for partners, training, courses, seminars that you can learn from.

Remember that you do not  know everything so  be open to new ideas and new approaches to your business. 

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Increase Your Marketing Efforts

Effective marketing is key to getting customers and increasing your cake orders. Marketing takes a lot of forms. And you can include it anywhere in your business.  Everyone by now should know you are a cake artist or baker. Make use of branded t-shirts, badges, even stickers on your car. Be very active on social media and never ever stop talking about your business to everyone you meet.

I have been working on a new Marketing Course that is guaranteed to supercharge your business. It will be coming out towards the end of January so start saving up for it. You will not want to miss. I have given you enough warning.

 Provide Great Service always

Customer service is important. If you provide a very good service to your customers, they are more inclined to remember you when next they need a cake instead of going to your competition.

Study Your Competition

To be successful, you can’t be afraid to study and learn from your competitors. You never know  they may be doing something right that you can implement in your business to make more money or if they are doing not something that you can easily provide, that will be an advantage over them. So do some research and see what new things you can implement in your business.

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Understand how to price your cakes

I am not going to say much here as I have written so many articled on how you can price your cakes. You can download the free guide on how to price your cake here.

Pricing your cakes is vital. If you do not know how to price you will just be undercharging yourself. So learn how to price and do not be afraid to quote and defend your price to your customer.

To be successful in business, is not an overnight thing. You have to plan and work hard at it. If you want more success you will have to make the necessary changes  for success to happen.

The change may be as simple as getting a finance person to teach you accounting or taking a Marketing Course.

Take these tips I have written and apply them. Learn something new each day and just dont read and forget, read and implement.

Here is to you having a successful and profitable 2019.


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Baking Business School is available on a number of social media platforms where you will find educative content, videos, audios and other resources to help you in your cake business.

So please check them out and don’t forget to follow, subscribe and engage with us on all the baking Business School accounts.


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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.