Today I got a phone call from a good friend from church, I taught her kids piano until their schedule got too busy. She was at the Seniors Party last night and saw the cake I did. Tasted it too. She said her kids aren't cake people, but they went back for seconds. She is throwing a party for her daughter with family and friends at the end of the month and she said, "Why throw away money on a commissary cake my family won't even eat?" So she asked if I would do a cake for her. Awesome! Personalized grad on the cake, funfetti border... sounds like fun! I told her it would be about $20 for a 9x13. It's a pretty basic cake, but I need to get comfortable charging what I am worth. Supplies will be about $8, so $12 for my time? It'll take about 1 1/2 hours to whip it out. A little cheap perhaps, but more than I have charged before. I know, I know, I should charge more. But this is a basic cake, a little writing, a basic picture drawn out with a little detail: eye color, hair style, a diploma. Easy stuff for me.
What I should do it add up the supplies and see what they run, then settle on an hourly wage for my time and approximate how long it will take. But do I charge for the time it takes to do all the prep work? Like preparing the cake board, the frosting, making colors, filling bags. I don't know. Any advice would be appreciated. I need the guts to charge what I'm worth, but how to figure out what that is? I don't know.