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5 things you should know before Starting a Cake Business from Home

 

Not only will you have to deal with baking, but there is a lot of administrative work that you will have to deal with too. Frankly an average one man cakepreneur spends about 70% behind the the laptop, shopping for ingredients, drawing designs, talking to customers, marketing, and only 30% actually making cakes.

 Here are my top 5 things  you should know before starting a cake business from home:

 1. Your Kitchen/ Cake Work Area

 Your kitchen or cake area doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does have a certain level of standard. One of the most important things you should do before embarking on your new career is to ensure that your cake work area is clean. In other countries, there are usually kitchen health inspections embarked by the local council who will give you a rating score before you can start a business, but I don’t think we have anything like that in Nigeria. But nevertheless you should ensure that you maintain a high standard of cleanliness. Your reputation depends on this and most importantly it ensures the safety of your future customers.

 2. Registration

 If you are just baking occasionally for a few family and friends and don’t charge for your cakes or maybe you just charge just for the cost of the ingredients. This is just a hobby in the eye of the law. If, however, it is done regularly and even a small profit is made, you are considered a business and by this point a lot of things should happen. Namely, you will have to register your business with the Corporate Affairs Commission to make it legal, file financials at the end of the year and also since you are now making money you must declare your income with the tax authorities.

3. How Much Should I Charge?

 One thing you may have to realize in starting a cake business is that it may be a slow process before you make any substantial money to enable it be your full time career.  This may sound a bit depressing but it’s worth knowing what you are getting into. One of the main reasons for this is not charging enough for my cakes (You can read more about this in my article here) and nor having a business plan in place.

It may be butter and sugar but you need to treat it with the same respect as you do any other business. It’s a fun hobby but when it comes to turning it into a business there’s so much more you need to think about than just figurines. 

 

4. Show them whose boss

When you calculate how much you want to charge, it won’t be in everyone’s budget – and that’s fine. You will get customers that compare your hours of work to a a commercial brand but you cannot take it to heart. I know its hard because you may feel it’s a reflection on you and your work but it isn’t. There will be customers who ask you to make a 3 tiered cake with handmade models for the next day. Me and you know that is impossible but to a customer they may say that ‘it is just cake’. You will have to let them down gently and say no. You have to learn how to say No. Believe me this will prevent a lot of frustration as you could end up with taking up so much orders because you are afraid to turn a customer down.

This is your business. You have to put you and your family first and don’t let negative comments get to you or bring you down. We’ve all had them, you need to keep your head up and rise above it.

 

5. Life of a Cake business owner

I think the most important thing to know before starting a cake business from home, is that when you do, you will have one of the best jobs in the world. You are part of so many special occasions, you make so many people smile, your decorating skills and bakes will bring joy to many people, and that is really something to be proud of. There will be long days and even longer nights and you will see that you will need a bigger storage space to keep all your new cake equipment. You will see yourself going to cake shops and the markets to buy that one cutter.

 Being a cake business owner is it really is an great job and is one that I am sure you will enjoy.

 Just know that your worst day as a cake decorator and running your own cake business may be better than the best day in your previous job.


 


 

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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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Is it possible to make money selling cakes?

The Simple answer is YES. It is possible for you to start earning thousands of Naira in monthly revenue selling cakes.

 

Dear Caker,

Think about this.

 When you first started your cake business, what did you think it would be like?

  • making money from baking cakes all day long

  • I will be able to quit my 9-5 job;

  • I don’t have to be waking up early each morning, going through traffic and being in a job that I hate;

  • I will finally be able to spend more time with my children;

  • I can work from home;

  • I will be financially independent;

  • I don’t have to depend on my spouse or relations for money;

  • I can finally contribute financially to the household.

But once you made my decision, you soon realized that this cake business thing is a lot harder than you thought. It’s not a small thing at all.

 You started dealing with such things like:

  • Where are these customers?

  • I am not making any money

  • Why do I people don’t like paying for my cakes?

  • How do I price my cakes?

  • Ingredients are expensive so how and when should i increase my price?
  • How come Iyabo cake business is doing much better than me and i started before her?

  • Why am I not making any profit?

In fact you are just tired and fed up and feel like giving up and maybe going to find a job. At least i will be getting a salary each month.

But you know deep down that is not what you want really.

 Let me tell you a true story:

 When became a single mum, i know i had to make serious changes in my life. Even though I had a fairly good job, I realized that my humble salary was not enough to take care of me and my children needs.

 I had always had a passion for baking, so I decided to start selling cakes. My friends for a long time used to tell me that I should go into business selling cakes but I lacked the confidence to do it. When my children demands increased, it dawned on me that I needed a side hustle to supplement my income. I thought it would be a breeze selling cakes to the public. How wrong I was. I really struggled to make any sales. Even my friends hardly patronized me.

 I knew my cakes were good and of good quality, but still people were not buying. I felt like giving up and didn’t know how to market my cakes to make enough sales where I would be able to make serious money to enable me quit my 9-5 job and have more time to spend with my kids.

 I knew I needed a change, so I spent many a sleepless nights learning how to market my cake business to the right target .I experimented on different strategies and applied it to my business and knew what gave me optimum results and what didn’t.

 Almost a month later, I started getting results. My fellowship and orders started increasing steadily. I even had to enlist the help of some of my family members to help me with my orders. I  get hits on my website- Three Sisters Cake & Pie Company from other countries. I was also getting a lot of inquiries from my subscribers to give them advice on running a cake business. In fact I was becoming quite an expert in my field. And the best part in all of this is that I now have a steady stream of income coming in each month.

 So you may be asking what is the magical solution?

 The Baking Business School Courses are the magical solution you have been looking for!

 I help bakers and cake business owners through online courses have a super successful and profitable cake business in Nigeria

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

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

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

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


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Planning Your Home Based Cake Business

 

When we start out making cakes as a hobby, most of us find ourselves magically in business without really meaning to.

One day we make a cake for a few friends, and then someone asks you to make a cake for a price, and then before you know it you’re in business!

  

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The decision to stay at home or having a shop is based on many different factors – money, lifestyle, the kind of product you make, who your target market is and so on. There is a lot more to it than this list, but here are some things to think about if you’re going to consider having a home based cake business: 
 

  • The overheads for running a home based business are generally lower. Some (not all) of your costs simply won’t apply in a home environment, for example you will be dealing with a whole lot of local authority permissions when having a shop. The bonus to having less overheads is having more profit.
  • It can be a great way to try out having a business. I’m not suggesting you go in and out of business overnight, but the outlay to starting from home is small enough that if you decide that business is not for you, it’s a lot simpler and faster to close down.

 

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  • It can be a challenge to have a work and family balance and to keep your work space as your work space without interruption from your kids, but on the plus side, your children can learn from you. Kids learn a lot by watching you work and are happier to have you around making flowers than not have you around because you’re at your shop.
  • Space, or rather a lack of space, can either be a challenge  or teach you how to work very efficiently. You will find out that being in the cake business requires a lot of equipment and space.
  • There is a perception (an unfair one) that prices from home-based cake businesses should be less than those at a cake shop, so you’ll need to consider that when doing your marketing and branding.
  • Strangers will know where you live. This isn’t a big deal, and there are ways to manage it (don’t put your whole address on your website) but it’s something to think about it. Your privacy becomes less private than you might like!

 

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  • Working from home is a lot more flexible, but that also means it potentially gives you less personal time as well. Working from home requires a fair amount of self discipline because it’s so much easier to “just answer this last email,” or take that call at 5pm on a Sunday night.

 

  • Clients will expect that you are more available because you work from home, so they will be really late or really early to pick up their cakes. They will also expect that you work to their timetable of when it’s convenient for them to pick up or meet. They assume because you work from home you sit around all day waiting for them. You’re going to be firm and discipline them about your availability, which is sometimes hard to do.

 


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It is also Marketing Strategy session designed specifically for your cake business and how you can go about implementing it.

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

 

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

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

 
The Solution.

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

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

Facebook! 

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

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

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

So don’t delay. Follow these steps now. 

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

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

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

In this free Video you will learn:

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

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

                                               You can live your cake business dream

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You will need a password to watch the Videos:
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My dream for us all is that our cake businesses shall all be successful so we can impact lives and make a great difference in this Country.

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

Happy Caking.

RotimiCakeLady (your personal cake fairy)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Year One: 

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

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  • Year Two: 

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

 

  • Year Three: 

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

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

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

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  • Year Four: 

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

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

 

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  • Year Five: 

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

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

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

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

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So, you want to start a cake business?

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

Well the answer to that is:

Find your baking niche

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

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

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

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

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1. Where do your strengths lie?

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

2. What are your competitors doing?

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

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

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

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

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

4. What do you love to do?

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

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

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

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

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

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How to price your Cakes for profit

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

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

Unfortunately there are many factors to consider.

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

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  1. LOCATION…LOCATION…LOCATION…

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

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

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  1. DO NOT UNDERCUT YOUR COMPETITORS

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. KNOW YOUR COSTS

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

Here is a list to consider as you calculate your costs

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

 

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

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

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

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  1. IT’S JUST A CAKE…NO IT’S NOT!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Here are 2 things to consider when setting your prices:

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Have a Minimum Price Point

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

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

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

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

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Pricing specialty cakes

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

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

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

 

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  1. YOUR TIME IS WORTH MONEY

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

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

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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,

Educating Customers About Your Cake Price

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till next week.

Happy Caking.

Cake Regards,