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    One of my previous hobbies was baking and I took some decorated cupcakes in to work one day. That was a while ago now (I've been through at least two more hobbies since then!!), but someone from work has asked if I'll make her 40 cupcakes for her sisters birthday. She's really nice and is my biggest fan (I.e. The only one who has bought a bag off me that i'm not related to) and has offered to help me out at a craft fair in November. So, I really want to help her out, but also don't want to be out of pocket, ESP since I'll be making them on my day off from the day job. What do you think would be reasonable amount to charge for cupcakes with sugar flower decorations?
    Helen
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  • #2
    my friend who is a professional cake maker/decorater charges her clients a minimum of £2.50 per cake, if that helps you at all.

    I know you probably wont want to charge that much but it gives you a guide line i hope!

    good luck!

    Zoe x
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    • #3
      Thanks Zoe. Useful to know what the experts are charging. £1 a cake sounded appealing -but for some reason £40 didn't, it seemed too high -no logical reason why, just a feeling.
      Helen
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      • #4
        Its really up to you, but as you said she seems like a great person to be helping you out and also your biggest fan, could you do a cheaper batch but let her know you are doing it at a much cheaper price than normal? Good advertising and future contacts may come from it, just be sure to say its a one off just for her? Word of mouth can be an invaluable marketing tool.
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        • #5
          I'd be tempted to see how much roughly the ingredients are going to cost and go from there. I sound a bit like you - absolutely rubbish at taking money off someone I know, even though they wouldn't expect you to do it for nothing. Like Bubbleicious says, future contacts may come from it, but let her know your prices are for her only!
          Last edited by Wid; 13-09-2011, 10:28 AM.
          Wid

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          • #6
            Me too Wid i'm terrible, good friends have my jewellery for nothing and hand out my business cards at work, i do get sales from it,so nothing like someone being a fan and banging on for you! Other not so close friends get a discount, thats where i draw the line though. Helen if you do them cheaper swear her to secrecy about the price!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by bubbleicious View Post
              Helen if you do them cheaper swear her to secrecy about the price!
              Good advice! Don't do a me and say "oh don't worry about it, you can have them for nothing........"
              Wid

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              • #8
                I know what you mean about just being tempted to give them away. The cakes is really a one off and not something I want to do more than as the occasional thing for people I know - nothing more. Bags is really my crafting hobby these days and I think hubby would prefer it if I kept to one hobby and associated clutter! Now there's an idea - maybe I could do the cakes for ingredient costs only as long as she gives out my bag cards to all ger guests.....
                Helen
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                • #9
                  works for me! my lovely friend is also hosting a jewellery party at her house for me nearer christmas, could always drop hints about a handbag party!!?
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                  • #10
                    How about saying something along the lines of

                    "the full price for these for anyone else would be - £xx - but because you are my friend, this is a one off and you are helping me at my craft fair I'm happy to do it for the cost of ingredients plus a bit to cover the cooking and washing up costs"

                    That way she knows she's getting special pricing, you have justified to her why it will be a special one off price and you shouldn't be out of pocket.

                    Just a thought - I'm as bad as everyone else at taking money from friends, but I'm great at giving advice!

                    Linda

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                    • #11
                      A: Work out exactly how much they will cost you - labour, electricity, ingredients etc. From that take off labour and see what you're left with. You really want to cover your costs at a minimum if you can.
                      B: What ever you do make sure its really obvious at the birthday party that YOU made the cupcakes - slap a big sign on the box or something, include buisness cards etc.
                      C: If you give her a special price tell her so
                      D: Ask her how much she wants to spend. She may have a figure that she was going to spend on a cake and if this is higher than your estimate (-labour), i wouldn't charge any less.
                      E: Don't do it for free.

                      Thats all I can think of at the mo...
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