by Selling Candy From Home
How do I get my candy/baking business to get noticed, and take off?
Hello, I have been trying for a year now to get my baking/candy making business to take off.
I have run ads and only received 2-3 replies to my ad.
I return e-mails ASAP, and when I ask for a few details on what they have in mind for their occasion or gift, I never seem to get any answers back from them.
I usually will e-mail back 1-2 times if I don't hear back after a few days to see if they are interested or not.
I had a bride want 200 items, but when I asked her to please tell me the color scheme of her wedding, and what direction she wanted me to go she just said she would send it, but nothing ever came.
I only got that she was using several different blues. Well I know that with a wedding people are VERY picky about it being perfect. It is a big day.
I had everything ready as she was asking for something done that was going to take several hours, and I gave her more than a reasonable rate for the amount of work and product I was going to have to put in.
I never did get any samples of exactly what blue tones she was using which meant had I made it not knowing it could have clashed, and I would be out time and money.
I also had a different client who contacted me 3 months ahead of time which was great for my handmade lollipops for a baby shower.
She wanted 2-3 different flavors and molds. Again no problem, and I gave her a great rate, but again she never would return my e-mails.
Does anyone have any advice on how to get my candy/goodie business off the ground?
I am trying to contact a mom about her sons 1st birthday, but again I am getting no answer back.
Help please I don't know what I am doing wrong on getting clients.
Hi Selling Candy from Home,
It's exciting to hear that you are trying
to start a candy/baking business. What a great idea to earn an income from home!
I know it can be quite frustrating to try to fill orders when people are not cooperating by providing you the specifics.
First of all, don't buy the supplies or make the treats until you have been paid for the work, or at least received a down payment.
When people have put money down, they will be more likely to respond to requests for clarification, etc.
I know exactly what you are referring to as far as people not having the courtesy to respond to your emails. It happens to me all the time. :)
They should at least thank you for your time and let you know that they are no longer interested instead of keeping you hanging!
Occasionally people have legitimate reasons for failing to respond. For instance, I've taken so long to post this question to the site because it came in during a time when I was caring for my terminally ill mother and I didn't have time to get to it before now.
However, I've found that in general, people seem to be becoming less and less courteous of other people's time and efforts. This should be a reminder to all of us to be more diligent in the area of common courtesies.
It sounds like you are doing a lot of the right things to try to get your candy/baking business to take off. Having an online presence where people can order exactly what they want and pay in advance would be a huge advantage for home business candy sellers.
I've been thinking about this a lot while caring for my sweet mother and I'm going to try to make that option available here at chocolate-candy-mall.com as it seems to be a reasonable next step.
If this is something you (or others) would like to consider, please let me know by filling out the survey for those who may like to sell candy online
I look forward to hearing from you and possibly helping you to get your candy/baking business to gradually take off.