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Make Money Cake Decorating at Home - Delight Your Clients With Your Handmade Specialty Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Cookies and Celebration Cakes by [Olsen, Thea]
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***** 5.0 out of 5 stars
Do what you love... February 21, 2013
By Jane C    Format:Kindle Edition
Make Money Cake Decorating at Home - Delight Your Clients With Your Handmade Specialty Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Cookies and Celebration Cakes (Kindle Edition)

Do what you love and love what you do. I think that's how the saying goes. Cake decorating is a terrific artistic outlet for many people and although some are way better than others at the final product, deciding on whether to make it a profession is a big step. That's where this book comes in handy! I received this book as a gift from a friend of mine. She's really adamant that this would be a great part time kind of work to do because it doesn't seem like work. Whether it's a paid job or just her way of bringing an item to share at a cook out or potluck, she really gets a kick out of the whole reaction people have when they see her cakes. I know she's someone who will flourish at this kind of work I love this book!


*****  5.0 out of 5
Detailed and informative, February 27, 2013
By    bkworm - See all my reviews
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The guide is comprehensive and discusses all aspects needed in starting and running a cake decorating business. There were helpful tips on buying materials and supplies at discounts, pricing recommendations, and marketing strategies. The sample client contract was helpful in avoiding potential problems, as well great information on dealing with difficult clients.      

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Creating a specially decorated cake to celebrate a special event is a very rewarding feeling. Giving pleasure to other people at the same time as making the whole process pleasurable for you is a win/win situation.   When you are deeply passionate about a creative pursuit such as cake decorating there's no reason why you can't turn your hobby into a profitable venture.

We know you take pleasure in creating wonderfully decorated cakes that celebrate a moment or make a high point of a special day.  Indeed, it is very rewarding to see your visions come to life when you create that wonderful sculpture which will add a special touch to a celebration.   When meeting a client initially your whole aim will be to make the engagement as pleasurable as possible.  She has come to you knowing that you are able to create her vision and she is entrusting you with bringing her ideas to life.

When you fall in love with an activity such as cake decorating - there is nothing better than being paid to do what you love.  How many times have you said to yourself, "If only I could do cake decorating for a living!" It's a wonderful thing to love a pastime so much that you would consider doing it as a job. If you are really keen to make a go of it - do everything in your power to keep going.  Don't let any mishap, accident or difficulty get in your way.

This book is intended to be a guide to help you get started with your own cake decorating business. Inside, you will find tips on everything from establishing your rates to dealing with difficult clients. You certainly don't have to be a cake decorating expert with decades of experience but in saying that, you will have to have a certain degree of experience cake decorating to start your own business.  You will need to have a vision and the ability and willingness to put some hard work into making your cake decorating business a success. You will also learn more techniques and cake decorating styles as you progress and become for proficient and experienced.  You will also find the resources section helpful and joining in the Forums at the various sites will be invaluable.

In the beginning there will probably be various challenges but perseverance is the answer.  Building up a business from scratch takes time but with the right attitude you will succeed.  Marketing is going to be the one thing that will set you apart from your competition. Just keep letting people out there know you are there and available. Don't become discouraged if things aren't rolling along within a few months.  It may take 6-12 months before you have a list of loyal clients who are also recommending you to other people

Building a client base takes time, but there are steps you can take to kick start your business--and we'll show you how.

Still, you will need to make up your mind to persevere when you face difficult times--all business owners do. So, enjoy your journey into the cake decorating business and keep a positive attitude as you go!

Warmly
Thea Olsen


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  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7SIMGS
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Do what you love and love what you do. I think that's how the saying goes. Cake decorating is a terrific artistic outlet for many people and although some are way better than others at the final product, deciding on whether to make it a profession is a big step. That's where this book comes in handy! I received this book as a gift from a friend of mine. She's really adamant that this would be a great part time kind of work to do because it doesn't seem like work. She makes every effort to keep her orders and tools organized. She loved decorating cakes and loves even more the way people react when they see what she has done for them. Whether it's a paid job or just her way of bringing an item to share at a cook out or potluck, she really gets a kick out of the whole reaction people have when they see her cakes. I know she's someone who will flourish at this kind of work. I am really interested in having a better grasp on my organization in my kitchen. I like to decorate cupcakes but I really need more practice. This book really gives a good kick of motivation so you can learn how to develop your skill and eventually you can take on the cake decorating orders. That way you're all ready and completely organized and shouldn't be blindsided by too much all at once. I love this book!
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I was able to check this book out on the Kindle Lending Library for free. I must say that the amount of information given is impressive for the $2.99 sticker price, and much of it is thoughtful. I especially appreciated the scenarios on dealing with difficult customers. However, I'm not sure if the average reader of a book like this would actually need to be told to buy a trash can. Be as that may, this book is still a better value than some other books 4x the price.
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It appears to me that this book was self published. Parts of it seem fragmented and topics are not fully developed. Perhaps for those new to cake decorating it may be of some help. In most states home bakers are operating without licenses, and proper insurance, health inspections. This book does not stress the importance of being 100% "legal."
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The guide is comprehensive and discusses all aspects needed in starting and running a cake decorating business. There were helpful tips on buying materials and supplies at discounts, pricing recommendations, and marketing strategies. The sample client contract was helpful in avoiding potential problems, as well great information on dealing with difficult clients.
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From the title, I was a lttle bit under the impression that it would also give some kind of professional baking tips and ideas to maybe help you better your business and increase clientel, but it really wasnt. It is more like a how to start an at-home-business focused more towards bakers. Only the tips were kind of common knowledge and sense tips reiterated in a book. It certainly was not something that needed to be purchased and was a waste of my money.
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Thea has set out some really useful information in her book. I wanted to know how to get clients easily and I found many great ideas on attracting good quality clients to my new business.

Thea's book is set out in such a way that when I have a query about an item I can quickly access it to find the answer. She gives a very balanced look at starting a cake decorating business from home so that you can go into it with eyes wide open.

If you're looking for a great guide on setting up your own home-based business I would highly recommend this book.
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This book is written in a more generalized fashion and really could pertain to any business venture. There wasn't much in here that I didn't already know. Most of the info presented is purely common sense things you probably already know or have considered before. If you are wanting an in-depth " how to " on running a cake business from home, this isn't it.
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Thea's book "Make Money Cake Decorating from Home" walks you through, step by step, holding your hand all the way, asking you probing questions to make sure you've thought through setting up your cake decorating business. She covers topics such as - will it be part time or full time, what budget have you set aside to start with, how to deal with difficult clients, how to market your business as cheaply as possible and many other questions I could have overlooked.
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