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My name is Veronica and I own Southern Gold Leaf Cakes. I opened my home-based business in 2008. I am a licensed and inspected home bakery specializing in custom cakes. Since all cakes are made to order there are no frozen cakes here, only fresh and only home made. I am a self-taught baker but I have a strong art background with years of baking experience. It is the most rewarding feeling in the world when you can apply your skills to do something you love. To see my cake creations and view our yummy menu visit us at www.southerngoldleafcakes.com!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Charging for Consultations

This is a topic that has been covered a lot by many different people yet it always seems to get plenty of attention.  I am asked regularly about whether the consultation that is booked is free or not.  My initial consultation with a client is always free.  I do limit what goes on at the tasting, for example, how many people and the number of types of cakes you can try.  It isn't meant to be a free dessert buffet or a dessert bar with friends.   

My general practice follows a pretty simple rule:  your first tasting is complimentary.  We are also going to work on cake design and any other services that I may be able to offer.  However if we don't cover everything to satisfaction or if we decide for whatever reason a second meeting is necessary, then we reschedule and a small fee is charged.  If the couple books then the fee is applied towards their balance.  If they don't then I have been compensated for my time and I wish them well.

Do you think it's appropriate to charge for an initial meeting? 

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