Post by Sir Ped of Ro on Mar 22, 2006 23:10:21 GMT
the last 2 years i've been loving and practicing constantly my new fond cooking habilities (looks like it runs on the family blood). with that and several positives kudos from friends and colleges, i've started thinking of trying to put a part of my time on cooking and selling my cakes (and later on, possibly meals).
what i'm asking to you all is...just drop by and present your advices. what do you like, what makes (would make) you buy/order from a person (not a commercial store). Of course the mouvement would be started mostly by more or less close contacts/persons...which would/will make things still on a smaller level.
i'm thinking on starting on the "sweet side", focusing on cakes (small and big ones) for birthday parties, special occasions or simply desserts...trying to give "baby steps" here.
i'e started building a list of products, their cost/sell prices and what can i present new to the costumers and also the "classic" ones so they don't get lost...
anyway, just sharing some thoughts that have been nurtering in the last months/weeks and an impluse of trying something new!
concentrate on what people like best about your cooking/baking. this is what i find when people order cakes & all from other people, not shops. these personally baked cakes are often more expensive but also has more quality than the shop ones.
it can be common butter cake, or specialty cheese cake; whatever it is, find out which one people like best & get better from there.
What Jang said. Plus, customers often like to feel they're special of the bunch, if not your only customer. I notice alot of store owners do this by simply....being talkative. Having something of a personal conversation with you're customers to see what they like and what they dislike...may also help you to know if you want to make changes or add anything special to their next order.
Other suggestions; cooking things one doesn't cook regularly, say, like things one working and having to take care of the kids & the house after wouldn't do unless there is a very special occasion by lack of time to get into longer or more elaborate recipes, or meals a person/couple alone wouldn't cook because it gives too big batches they'd end up wasting. Home-made soups, ancestral stews/meals that were common when women used to stay home and cook warming meals for a 10-kids family, special desserts. Condiments could also sell great just on their own, like sauces, jam, jelly, pâtés... You could even try with home-made pastas or ice cream.
*getting hungry here *
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