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50 Cake and Cupcake Business Names #small #business #banking

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50 Cake and Cupcake Business Names

Cupcake shops are a growing favorite for kids and adults alike! They are fun little places for a family to go together for dessert and are a nice alternative to ice cream shops.

It takes a lot of talent to run a cupcake business. Management skills, people skills, and mad baking skills are all a must!

Have your cupcake and eat it too by opening a cupcake business!

Though delicious treats displayed in the window at your business can help attract window shoppers, it will do no good for those who aren’t physically in the area. For this (and other reasons), it is necessary to have a name that leaves nothing but cupcakes to be desired.

Here’s a list of names to get you thinking:

Cupcake Shop Name Ideas

Tips for Picking a Sweet Name

Although picking through cupcake business names is a difficult task, there is no escaping it and its importance should not be dismissed. Embrace the naming process as once it’s done, it’s done. That said, take your time with it. Hopefully you will be using the business name for a long time, so you’ll want to make sure you choose something you like.

In the brainstorming process, write down as many names as you can think of, so you have as many as possible to choose from. Here are a few brainstorming tips that can help you along:

Use a name (either yours or the baker’s): Including the name of the baker or owner will help everyone know who’s boss! If your name is unusual, it will make your business that much more special.

Use your food: Everyone should know exactly what you’re serving up! In this case, it’s cupcakes. Be proud!

Location: Use your general location or street name in your business name. Even if you end up moving, where you started your business will never change!

Try using rhymes: They are catchy and will help everyone remember your name.

  • Use adjectives: There are many words that can describe a cupcake. Try using words such as sweet, tasty, or anything that portrays just how cute and delicious your cupcakes!
  • Give yourself room to grow: Though you might start out with cupcakes, it’s possible you’ll want to branch into other areas of baking or the restaurant industry.
  • Check online first: Make sure your name hasn’t already been taken by another business, even one located in a different area. This can cause you legal headaches down the road that you don’t want to deal with.
  • Avoid confusing names: If a name is confusing or hard to understand, it will make it that much more difficult for news of your business to spread by word of mouth.
  • Avoid cutesy spelling: Though Kute Kupcakez might sound like a good name, people who are searching for your business will have a hard time finding you. Funny spellings also tend to not age very well, and your business will hopefully be around for a long time!
  • With cupcake businesses growing in number, competition for this type of business is getting tighter. Try to stand out from your competitors in any way you can!





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    Cupcake Business, How to Start a Cupcake Business, Sell Cupcakes #hot #new #business #ideas

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    Cupcake Business

    • Does everyone rave about your cupcakes when you bake for family and friends?
    • Are you known as the Cucpake King or Cupcake Queen amongst your friends?
    • Have you ever thought you could start your own cupcake business?

    If you answered YES to at least two of these questions then this page is specially written to answer all your questions.

    I am often asked how to sell cupcakes and how to start a cupcake business.

    Bake for family and friends

    My first suggestion would be to make cupcakes for family and friends at every possible opportunity. Wherever you go, take cupcakes. It won’t take long before your friends and family will start asking you to make cupcakes for them. Then their friends will ask and so on and so on.

    It may take a while to build up orders but you can have lots of fun trying new recipes and deciding the easiest way for you to frost the cupcakes.

    Choose reliable recipes

    Choose recipes that are fool-proof and always please your customers. In the beginning it is probably best to concentrate on two or three favorite recipes that you know are crowd-pleasers.

    I love my Chocolate Obsession recipe as it keeps really well. This is important if you have to bake an order a day before it is due so that you have plenty of time to frost without the cupcakes going stale.

    Distribute flyers and sell at local malls and swap meets

    You can put up notices at local shopping malls advertising your cupcakes. Going to local swap meets, car boot sales or taking a stall at a fete are other ways to advertise and start selling cupcakes.

    Print up some flyers and do a letterbox delivery in your local area. These are all relatively cheap ways to get started but they also bring good results.

    Give out free samples

    I know you don’t want to give away your profits but make mini cupcakes and give them away at local shopping areas. Attach a small flyer or business card to each cupcake that contains all your contact details.

    Give cupcakes away at local charity events so that your name can be listed amongst the sponsors. Nobody knocks back free cupcakes.

    Price cupcakes properly for your market

    A cupcake business can be started with very limited funds if you are able to work from home. If you price your cupcakes properly you should see profits very quickly.

    Don’t try to undercut your competitors with your pricing. Even if you are working from home make sure that you include all your overheads. You have to think big and realise that if this business venture takes off and you need staff or bigger premises (or both) you can’t double prices overnight to take extra costs into consideration.

    Is it a hobby or full-time business?

    You need to decide if you want to sell cupcakes as a hobby or past-time or whether you can see yourself making cupcakes 6 or 7 days a week. Do you want this to be a full-time occupation and can you make arrangements if you are sick or need holidays?

    Note: The ability to work from home is dependent on local laws as some countries do not allow goods to be sold commercially from a home kitchen so you will have to research your local by-laws.

    If you are unable to bake from home and need to operate from a commercial kitchen your cost of production immediately skyrockets. This is not, however, an insurmountable problem. Just look around at all the cupcake bakeries that are succeeding and know that you too can be successful.

    There are lots of great resources available if you are interested in starting your own cupcake business. Because I have been asked so many times about the best way to start a business I have prepared an ebook which will help you from the beginning stages of thinking about starting your own business through to checklists for completing orders on time.

    Some of the chapters include:
    – Getting Started;
    – Marketing your Business;
    – Tools of the Trade;
    – Pricing your Cupcakes; and
    – Time Management Secrets.

    And don’t forget to come back and let us know how your business is going. We would love to hear from you.

    Have you started your own Cupcake Business?

    Have you started your own cupcake business and have some great tips or suggestions for other readers?

    Do you bake from home or from a commercial kitchen and have some great selling techniques to share with us?

    Do you work for yourself or have you joined a franchise?

    We would love to hear your stories.

    What Other Visitors Have Said

    Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page.

    Start my own cupcake business
    I made oreo cupcakes and gave them out to friends and family and they told me to start my own cupcake business because there were delicious. I made

    Home Business Insurance
    I have started to bake cupcakes from home. At what stage do you think I need to get home business insurance and is it really necessary? Currently I

    Starting a Bakery?
    I’d like to start my own cupcake business but Initially I will be doing it from home as a hobby. I intend to make some flyers etc and go to local fetes

    Sell Cupcakes
    I have met a friend of mine when studying at University, she can bake cakes and muffins. We decided to open a business for our Saturday classes at University

    Best Cupcake Recipes
    I am really interested in starting my own cupcake business from home and bought your book. This has made me even more determined to start my business.

    Start a cupcake business
    Hello! My name is Shelbi. My two sisters and I want to start a cupcake business, but we dont have alot of time with school and jobs. Our mother





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    One Woman Built A Cupcake Empire With Just $33 #sba #grants

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    How One Woman Built A Multimillion-Dollar Cupcake Business With Just $33 To Her Name

    Gigi Butler was a cleaning lady with just $33 to her name when she opened her first cupcake shop in Nashville, Tennessee, almost seven years ago.

    “People thought I was crazy, and they laughed at the idea,” she told Business Insider. “But I just had this feeling that I had to do it.”

    After securing a location, whipping up a few recipes, and hiring two employees off the street, Butler opened the doors of Gigi’s Cupcakes on February 21, 2008.

    “I had no investors and literally not a cent to spend on advertising,” she says. “So I just hoped and prayed people would come.”

    Today there are 92 Gigi’s Cupcakes locations in 23 states, and this year she expects $35 million in annual sales across all stores. I t’s safe to say Butler’s bank account balance is no longer in the double-digits.

    “I’m so happy with how things have turned out, but I never thought my success would stem from cupcakes,” she tells us. “I always thought it would be music.”

    Butler was born in Oklahoma and grew up on a farm in a small desert town in California, about an hour outside of Los Angeles. Since age 7, she dreamed of becoming a country singer. “Nothing else was even an option. I was going to be a country star, end of story,” she says.

    But at 15 she needed a job, and she really wasn’t interested in working for anyone else. “I decided to buy some mops and buckets, and I went from door to door, ringing doorbells, offering to clean people’s homes.”

    That’s how Gigi’s Cleaning Company was born.

    She cleaned homes, offices, and construction sites (and sang in a band on the side) in California for five years before deciding she was ready to take the next step in her music career.

    So, in 1994, she dropped out of college and moved to Nashville with $500, no job, no friends, and no place to live.

    “When I got there, I continued cleaning. So I’d do that all day, then come home and nap, then I’d go sing at bars at night until 3 a.m. – and do it all over again the next day,” she says. “But when I turned 31, I got tired of getting my butt pinched and passing the tip jar around. I felt like I was failing since my dream was to sing. But I knew it just wasn’t working anymore.”

    After giving up her dream of becoming a country star in 2005, Butler focused on building her cleaning business in Nashville.

    “I was making pretty good money and learning how to be a boss, manage a team, and run a business, all without having to be in the corporate world, which was great since I never really wanted to sit in front of a computer screen in high heels, pantyhose, and a skirt,” she says.

    Though content, Butler said she knew she wasn’t being challenged enough, “and something was still missing.”

    In 2007, while cleaning a bathroom in a client’s home, Butler got a call from her brother.

    “He was in New York for Labor Day Weekend and said, ‘You won’t believe this, but people are waiting in line for hours for cupcakes. And they’re not even as good as yours.”

    Butler grew up surrounded by bakers. Her aunts, grandmothers, and mother were all talented in the kitchen – and she “inherited the gene.”

    “It’s in my blood, but I never thought about pursuing it as a career or a business.”

    She hung up the phone and looked at herself in the mirror and thought, I’m not afraid to fail, so I’m going to do this. I am going to open a cupcake shop.

    A month later she was in Texas visiting her great aunt Bennie who owned a bakery. “I had no idea what I was doing, so I went there to learn.”

    When she got back to Tennessee, she went to the bank to ask for a loan. “I had great credit and no debt, but they literally laughed in my face and said, ‘Seriously? A cupcake shop?'”

    So, instead, she took $100,000 in cash advance loans from her credit cards.

    After finding a location for the store – which she refers to as “the sweet spot,” since it’s near three universities, six hospitals, and right off Music Row – Butler’s parents came out to help her launch her new business. “My mom helped me develop recipes, and my dad did the store design. They also gave me some money, which I really needed.”

    Before opening the shop, Butler used up all of the $100,000 in loans, plus the money her parents gifted her, and all of her savings – and she still had $6,500 in bills to pay ($4,500 in rent; $1,000 for ingredients; and $1,000 for her first two employees). She had just $33 in her bank account.

    “I literally cleaned three houses the day before we opened the store to pay the plumber,” she says. “And then that same day, my contractor came in with a $15,000 dry wall bill he ‘forgot’ to give me. I literally fell to the floor and had a melt down.”

    Butler had exactly one week to pay the $6,500 to her landlord, food supplier, and two employees – and told the contractor she’d need some time to pay off his bill.

    “I didn’t know how I was going to do it,” she tells Business Insider. “I remember looking up, saying, ‘Please, just let the people come. Make them like my cupcakes. They have to like my cupcakes.'”

    They didn’t like them; they loved them, she says.

    Butler recalls an encounter with one customer that first week. “I was walking around greeting people, and one woman said, ‘I’m going to order a Scarlett’s Red Velvet flavor cupcake.’ So I told her we didn’t have that particular flavor that day, and she started screaming at me, ‘I’ve been waiting in line for that cupcake! You’re telling me you don’t have it. Are you some kind of idiot ?’ And you’d think I’d be offended, but I walked away and thought to myself, ‘Oh my god, people are yelling over my cupcakes because they want them! Cha-ching!'”

    By March 1, 2008, a week after opening, Butler was able to pay off the $6,500 in bills. “And I still had $300 left,” she says proudly.

    A few months later, Butler’s landlord, Alan Thompson, suggested she franchise her concept. “I said, ‘What’s franchising?'”

    So together with Thompson, her parents, and her brother Randall, who was eventually appointed as chief operating officer of the company, Butler began franchising the Gigi’s Cupcakes brand in November 2008.

    “I thought I’d open one shop and make $50,000 a year, and that’s it,” she says. “In fact, I didn’t even stop cleaning until I had 15 franchises.”

    Today, 90 of the 92 Gigi’s Cupcakes stores are owned by franchisees.

    She believes her brand has had so much success because the products – cupcakes, cookies, muffins, cakes, pies, and other baked goods – are “delicious and unique. Each flavor has a story,” she explains.

    The other reason: “I was never afraid to fail, so I gave it my all.”

    Butler, a single mom to her 3-year-old daughter, says her biggest challenge has been accepting the fact that she “no longer wears all the hats.”

    “At the beginning, I did a little bit of everything. I’d be whipping up a batch of frosting, then have to run to a meeting, and then do paperwork. Now we have a great team to do all of those jobs, and my role is to be the face of the brand. But I still want to be everywhere, all at once, making sure everything is perfect, because this business is my baby – it has my name on it.”

    Butler says she plans to grow the business to 250 stores by 2019.

    “But no matter how big we get, I’ll always make time to put on my apron and whip up a batch of frosting, because that’s what I love to do.”

    SEE ALSO: Here’s Why One CEO Asks New Hires To Sing Their Favorite Song In Front Of The Entire Office





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    Learn How to Start a Cupcake Company #register #business #name

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    Start Your Cupcake Business

    Our site is full of information that will help you to successfully run your own cupcake business, become your own boss and enjoy every minute of it.

    Cupcakes are in high demand. they re ideal for all occasions and instantly bring smiles to peoples faces!

    Whether you re thinking of running a small business as a hobby or growing steadily into a business that deals with corporate clients and hundreds of orders per week, we re here to help .

    In the current economic situation many people are turning to alternative forms of income and running your own cupcake business can give you this opportunity. A home cupcake business is also relatively low on start up costs making it ideal for someone who wants to dip their toes into the world of entrepreneurship.

    You may be a huge baking enthusiast looking to make money from your love of all things sweet or you might be someone looking to try something completely new and develop your business skills. Whatever the case may be, a cupcake business ran from home is a relatively low risk business and one that can definitely make money .

    We ve provided a list of some of the essential equipment you will need on our Cupcake Business Equipment page.

    Operating the business from home can also give you many benefits compared to renting an external space.

    Full control over utilities

    Save money on transport / fuel costs

    Communicate with customers via email and phone from your home

    Some things to consider are:

    Is your kitchen big enough to cope with orders?

    Do you have space to set up a small workspace for your computer printer?

    Be a Cake Specialist

    To succeed with your new cupcake business you will most definitely have to specialise in a particular area.

    This may be something that you simply stumble upon one day while preparing an order or it may be something that you know no one else is offering.

    You need that extra something to make potential customers come to you for their cupcakes instead of a competitor.

    Here are some examples:

    Highly sophisticated and unique designs

    All ingredients are organic / fair trade

    Exceptional customer service

    Specialist cupcake delivery service

    Plan Your Bakery Journey

    This is one of the most important aspects of any successful business, if you don t have a plan in mind then you will have no idea of the direction your business is headed in.

    Will you eventually move into a shop, an industrial unit, extend your house, franchise, the outcomes are extremely varied, but if you haven t planned then you may end up not achieving any of them.

    Planning what you are going to do and how you are going to do it will give you a much better idea of how you will achieve the goals that you ve set out!

    Going it Alone

    Will you be running the business by yourself or will you be joining with a partner in a partnership?

    This is something to consider even in the early stages of your business. You may be fine running it on your own for a while, but once you start to get orders coming in on a regular basis you will soon need to consider having someone else to help you.

    You may even find yourself in the position of taking someone on part time as a receptionist or delivery driver.





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    50 Cake and Cupcake Business Names

    Cupcake shops are a growing favorite for kids and adults alike! They are fun little places for a family to go together for dessert and are a nice alternative to ice cream shops.

    It takes a lot of talent to run a cupcake business. Management skills, people skills, and mad baking skills are all a must!

    Have your cupcake and eat it too by opening a cupcake business!

    Though delicious treats displayed in the window at your business can help attract window shoppers, it will do no good for those who aren’t physically in the area. For this (and other reasons), it is necessary to have a name that leaves nothing but cupcakes to be desired.

    Here’s a list of names to get you thinking:

    Cupcake Shop Name Ideas

    Tips for Picking a Sweet Name

    Although picking through cupcake business names is a difficult task, there is no escaping it and its importance should not be dismissed. Embrace the naming process as once it’s done, it’s done. That said, take your time with it. Hopefully you will be using the business name for a long time, so you’ll want to make sure you choose something you like.

    In the brainstorming process, write down as many names as you can think of, so you have as many as possible to choose from. Here are a few brainstorming tips that can help you along:

    Use a name (either yours or the baker’s): Including the name of the baker or owner will help everyone know who’s boss! If your name is unusual, it will make your business that much more special.

    Use your food: Everyone should know exactly what you’re serving up! In this case, it’s cupcakes. Be proud!

    Location: Use your general location or street name in your business name. Even if you end up moving, where you started your business will never change!

    Try using rhymes: They are catchy and will help everyone remember your name.

  • Use adjectives: There are many words that can describe a cupcake. Try using words such as sweet, tasty, or anything that portrays just how cute and delicious your cupcakes!
  • Give yourself room to grow: Though you might start out with cupcakes, it’s possible you’ll want to branch into other areas of baking or the restaurant industry.
  • Check online first: Make sure your name hasn’t already been taken by another business, even one located in a different area. This can cause you legal headaches down the road that you don’t want to deal with.
  • Avoid confusing names: If a name is confusing or hard to understand, it will make it that much more difficult for news of your business to spread by word of mouth.
  • Avoid cutesy spelling: Though Kute Kupcakez might sound like a good name, people who are searching for your business will have a hard time finding you. Funny spellings also tend to not age very well, and your business will hopefully be around for a long time!
  • With cupcake businesses growing in number, competition for this type of business is getting tighter. Try to stand out from your competitors in any way you can!





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    50 Cake and Cupcake Business Names #home #businesses

    #cupcake business

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    50 Cake and Cupcake Business Names

    Cupcake shops are a growing favorite for kids and adults alike! They are fun little places for a family to go together for dessert and are a nice alternative to ice cream shops.

    It takes a lot of talent to run a cupcake business. Management skills, people skills, and mad baking skills are all a must!

    Have your cupcake and eat it too by opening a cupcake business!

    Though delicious treats displayed in the window at your business can help attract window shoppers, it will do no good for those who aren’t physically in the area. For this (and other reasons), it is necessary to have a name that leaves nothing but cupcakes to be desired.

    Here’s a list of names to get you thinking:

    Cupcake Shop Name Ideas

    Tips for Picking a Sweet Name

    Although picking through cupcake business names is a difficult task, there is no escaping it and its importance should not be dismissed. Embrace the naming process as once it’s done, it’s done. That said, take your time with it. Hopefully you will be using the business name for a long time, so you’ll want to make sure you choose something you like.

    In the brainstorming process, write down as many names as you can think of, so you have as many as possible to choose from. Here are a few brainstorming tips that can help you along:

    Use a name (either yours or the baker’s): Including the name of the baker or owner will help everyone know who’s boss! If your name is unusual, it will make your business that much more special.

    Use your food: Everyone should know exactly what you’re serving up! In this case, it’s cupcakes. Be proud!

    Location: Use your general location or street name in your business name. Even if you end up moving, where you started your business will never change!

    Try using rhymes: They are catchy and will help everyone remember your name.

  • Use adjectives: There are many words that can describe a cupcake. Try using words such as sweet, tasty, or anything that portrays just how cute and delicious your cupcakes!
  • Give yourself room to grow: Though you might start out with cupcakes, it’s possible you’ll want to branch into other areas of baking or the restaurant industry.
  • Check online first: Make sure your name hasn’t already been taken by another business, even one located in a different area. This can cause you legal headaches down the road that you don’t want to deal with.
  • Avoid confusing names: If a name is confusing or hard to understand, it will make it that much more difficult for news of your business to spread by word of mouth.
  • Avoid cutesy spelling: Though Kute Kupcakez might sound like a good name, people who are searching for your business will have a hard time finding you. Funny spellings also tend to not age very well, and your business will hopefully be around for a long time!
  • With cupcake businesses growing in number, competition for this type of business is getting tighter. Try to stand out from your competitors in any way you can!





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    Cupcake Business, How to Start a Cupcake Business, Sell Cupcakes #custom #business #cards

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    Cupcake Business

    • Does everyone rave about your cupcakes when you bake for family and friends?
    • Are you known as the Cucpake King or Cupcake Queen amongst your friends?
    • Have you ever thought you could start your own cupcake business?

    If you answered YES to at least two of these questions then this page is specially written to answer all your questions.

    I am often asked how to sell cupcakes and how to start a cupcake business.

    Bake for family and friends

    My first suggestion would be to make cupcakes for family and friends at every possible opportunity. Wherever you go, take cupcakes. It won’t take long before your friends and family will start asking you to make cupcakes for them. Then their friends will ask and so on and so on.

    It may take a while to build up orders but you can have lots of fun trying new recipes and deciding the easiest way for you to frost the cupcakes.

    Choose reliable recipes

    Choose recipes that are fool-proof and always please your customers. In the beginning it is probably best to concentrate on two or three favorite recipes that you know are crowd-pleasers.

    I love my Chocolate Obsession recipe as it keeps really well. This is important if you have to bake an order a day before it is due so that you have plenty of time to frost without the cupcakes going stale.

    Distribute flyers and sell at local malls and swap meets

    You can put up notices at local shopping malls advertising your cupcakes. Going to local swap meets, car boot sales or taking a stall at a fete are other ways to advertise and start selling cupcakes.

    Print up some flyers and do a letterbox delivery in your local area. These are all relatively cheap ways to get started but they also bring good results.

    Give out free samples

    I know you don’t want to give away your profits but make mini cupcakes and give them away at local shopping areas. Attach a small flyer or business card to each cupcake that contains all your contact details.

    Give cupcakes away at local charity events so that your name can be listed amongst the sponsors. Nobody knocks back free cupcakes.

    Price cupcakes properly for your market

    A cupcake business can be started with very limited funds if you are able to work from home. If you price your cupcakes properly you should see profits very quickly.

    Don’t try to undercut your competitors with your pricing. Even if you are working from home make sure that you include all your overheads. You have to think big and realise that if this business venture takes off and you need staff or bigger premises (or both) you can’t double prices overnight to take extra costs into consideration.

    Is it a hobby or full-time business?

    You need to decide if you want to sell cupcakes as a hobby or past-time or whether you can see yourself making cupcakes 6 or 7 days a week. Do you want this to be a full-time occupation and can you make arrangements if you are sick or need holidays?

    Note: The ability to work from home is dependent on local laws as some countries do not allow goods to be sold commercially from a home kitchen so you will have to research your local by-laws.

    If you are unable to bake from home and need to operate from a commercial kitchen your cost of production immediately skyrockets. This is not, however, an insurmountable problem. Just look around at all the cupcake bakeries that are succeeding and know that you too can be successful.

    There are lots of great resources available if you are interested in starting your own cupcake business. Because I have been asked so many times about the best way to start a business I have prepared an ebook which will help you from the beginning stages of thinking about starting your own business through to checklists for completing orders on time.

    Some of the chapters include:
    – Getting Started;
    – Marketing your Business;
    – Tools of the Trade;
    – Pricing your Cupcakes; and
    – Time Management Secrets.

    And don’t forget to come back and let us know how your business is going. We would love to hear from you.

    Have you started your own Cupcake Business?

    Have you started your own cupcake business and have some great tips or suggestions for other readers?

    Do you bake from home or from a commercial kitchen and have some great selling techniques to share with us?

    Do you work for yourself or have you joined a franchise?

    We would love to hear your stories.

    What Other Visitors Have Said

    Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page.

    Start my own cupcake business
    I made oreo cupcakes and gave them out to friends and family and they told me to start my own cupcake business because there were delicious. I made

    Home Business Insurance
    I have started to bake cupcakes from home. At what stage do you think I need to get home business insurance and is it really necessary? Currently I

    Starting a Bakery?
    I’d like to start my own cupcake business but Initially I will be doing it from home as a hobby. I intend to make some flyers etc and go to local fetes

    Sell Cupcakes
    I have met a friend of mine when studying at University, she can bake cakes and muffins. We decided to open a business for our Saturday classes at University

    Best Cupcake Recipes
    I am really interested in starting my own cupcake business from home and bought your book. This has made me even more determined to start my business.

    Start a cupcake business
    Hello! My name is Shelbi. My two sisters and I want to start a cupcake business, but we dont have alot of time with school and jobs. Our mother





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    Learn How to Start a Cupcake Company #creative #business #names

    #cupcake business

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    Start Your Cupcake Business

    Our site is full of information that will help you to successfully run your own cupcake business, become your own boss and enjoy every minute of it.

    Cupcakes are in high demand. they re ideal for all occasions and instantly bring smiles to peoples faces!

    Whether you re thinking of running a small business as a hobby or growing steadily into a business that deals with corporate clients and hundreds of orders per week, we re here to help .

    In the current economic situation many people are turning to alternative forms of income and running your own cupcake business can give you this opportunity. A home cupcake business is also relatively low on start up costs making it ideal for someone who wants to dip their toes into the world of entrepreneurship.

    You may be a huge baking enthusiast looking to make money from your love of all things sweet or you might be someone looking to try something completely new and develop your business skills. Whatever the case may be, a cupcake business ran from home is a relatively low risk business and one that can definitely make money .

    We ve provided a list of some of the essential equipment you will need on our Cupcake Business Equipment page.

    Operating the business from home can also give you many benefits compared to renting an external space.

    Full control over utilities

    Save money on transport / fuel costs

    Communicate with customers via email and phone from your home

    Some things to consider are:

    Is your kitchen big enough to cope with orders?

    Do you have space to set up a small workspace for your computer printer?

    Be a Cake Specialist

    To succeed with your new cupcake business you will most definitely have to specialise in a particular area.

    This may be something that you simply stumble upon one day while preparing an order or it may be something that you know no one else is offering.

    You need that extra something to make potential customers come to you for their cupcakes instead of a competitor.

    Here are some examples:

    Highly sophisticated and unique designs

    All ingredients are organic / fair trade

    Exceptional customer service

    Specialist cupcake delivery service

    Plan Your Bakery Journey

    This is one of the most important aspects of any successful business, if you don t have a plan in mind then you will have no idea of the direction your business is headed in.

    Will you eventually move into a shop, an industrial unit, extend your house, franchise, the outcomes are extremely varied, but if you haven t planned then you may end up not achieving any of them.

    Planning what you are going to do and how you are going to do it will give you a much better idea of how you will achieve the goals that you ve set out!

    Going it Alone

    Will you be running the business by yourself or will you be joining with a partner in a partnership?

    This is something to consider even in the early stages of your business. You may be fine running it on your own for a while, but once you start to get orders coming in on a regular basis you will soon need to consider having someone else to help you.

    You may even find yourself in the position of taking someone on part time as a receptionist or delivery driver.





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    How One Woman Built A Multimillion-Dollar Cupcake Business With Just $33 To Her Name

    Gigi Butler was a cleaning lady with just $33 to her name when she opened her first cupcake shop in Nashville, Tennessee, almost seven years ago.

    “People thought I was crazy, and they laughed at the idea,” she told Business Insider. “But I just had this feeling that I had to do it.”

    After securing a location, whipping up a few recipes, and hiring two employees off the street, Butler opened the doors of Gigi’s Cupcakes on February 21, 2008.

    “I had no investors and literally not a cent to spend on advertising,” she says. “So I just hoped and prayed people would come.”

    Today there are 92 Gigi’s Cupcakes locations in 23 states, and this year she expects $35 million in annual sales across all stores. I t’s safe to say Butler’s bank account balance is no longer in the double-digits.

    “I’m so happy with how things have turned out, but I never thought my success would stem from cupcakes,” she tells us. “I always thought it would be music.”

    Butler was born in Oklahoma and grew up on a farm in a small desert town in California, about an hour outside of Los Angeles. Since age 7, she dreamed of becoming a country singer. “Nothing else was even an option. I was going to be a country star, end of story,” she says.

    But at 15 she needed a job, and she really wasn’t interested in working for anyone else. “I decided to buy some mops and buckets, and I went from door to door, ringing doorbells, offering to clean people’s homes.”

    That’s how Gigi’s Cleaning Company was born.

    She cleaned homes, offices, and construction sites (and sang in a band on the side) in California for five years before deciding she was ready to take the next step in her music career.

    So, in 1994, she dropped out of college and moved to Nashville with $500, no job, no friends, and no place to live.

    “When I got there, I continued cleaning. So I’d do that all day, then come home and nap, then I’d go sing at bars at night until 3 a.m. – and do it all over again the next day,” she says. “But when I turned 31, I got tired of getting my butt pinched and passing the tip jar around. I felt like I was failing since my dream was to sing. But I knew it just wasn’t working anymore.”

    After giving up her dream of becoming a country star in 2005, Butler focused on building her cleaning business in Nashville.

    “I was making pretty good money and learning how to be a boss, manage a team, and run a business, all without having to be in the corporate world, which was great since I never really wanted to sit in front of a computer screen in high heels, pantyhose, and a skirt,” she says.

    Though content, Butler said she knew she wasn’t being challenged enough, “and something was still missing.”

    In 2007, while cleaning a bathroom in a client’s home, Butler got a call from her brother.

    “He was in New York for Labor Day Weekend and said, ‘You won’t believe this, but people are waiting in line for hours for cupcakes. And they’re not even as good as yours.”

    Butler grew up surrounded by bakers. Her aunts, grandmothers, and mother were all talented in the kitchen – and she “inherited the gene.”

    “It’s in my blood, but I never thought about pursuing it as a career or a business.”

    She hung up the phone and looked at herself in the mirror and thought, I’m not afraid to fail, so I’m going to do this. I am going to open a cupcake shop.

    A month later she was in Texas visiting her great aunt Bennie who owned a bakery. “I had no idea what I was doing, so I went there to learn.”

    When she got back to Tennessee, she went to the bank to ask for a loan. “I had great credit and no debt, but they literally laughed in my face and said, ‘Seriously? A cupcake shop?'”

    So, instead, she took $100,000 in cash advance loans from her credit cards.

    After finding a location for the store – which she refers to as “the sweet spot,” since it’s near three universities, six hospitals, and right off Music Row – Butler’s parents came out to help her launch her new business. “My mom helped me develop recipes, and my dad did the store design. They also gave me some money, which I really needed.”

    Before opening the shop, Butler used up all of the $100,000 in loans, plus the money her parents gifted her, and all of her savings – and she still had $6,500 in bills to pay ($4,500 in rent; $1,000 for ingredients; and $1,000 for her first two employees). She had just $33 in her bank account.

    “I literally cleaned three houses the day before we opened the store to pay the plumber,” she says. “And then that same day, my contractor came in with a $15,000 dry wall bill he ‘forgot’ to give me. I literally fell to the floor and had a melt down.”

    Butler had exactly one week to pay the $6,500 to her landlord, food supplier, and two employees – and told the contractor she’d need some time to pay off his bill.

    “I didn’t know how I was going to do it,” she tells Business Insider. “I remember looking up, saying, ‘Please, just let the people come. Make them like my cupcakes. They have to like my cupcakes.'”

    They didn’t like them; they loved them, she says.

    Butler recalls an encounter with one customer that first week. “I was walking around greeting people, and one woman said, ‘I’m going to order a Scarlett’s Red Velvet flavor cupcake.’ So I told her we didn’t have that particular flavor that day, and she started screaming at me, ‘I’ve been waiting in line for that cupcake! You’re telling me you don’t have it. Are you some kind of idiot ?’ And you’d think I’d be offended, but I walked away and thought to myself, ‘Oh my god, people are yelling over my cupcakes because they want them! Cha-ching!'”

    By March 1, 2008, a week after opening, Butler was able to pay off the $6,500 in bills. “And I still had $300 left,” she says proudly.

    A few months later, Butler’s landlord, Alan Thompson, suggested she franchise her concept. “I said, ‘What’s franchising?'”

    So together with Thompson, her parents, and her brother Randall, who was eventually appointed as chief operating officer of the company, Butler began franchising the Gigi’s Cupcakes brand in November 2008.

    “I thought I’d open one shop and make $50,000 a year, and that’s it,” she says. “In fact, I didn’t even stop cleaning until I had 15 franchises.”

    Today, 90 of the 92 Gigi’s Cupcakes stores are owned by franchisees.

    She believes her brand has had so much success because the products – cupcakes, cookies, muffins, cakes, pies, and other baked goods – are “delicious and unique. Each flavor has a story,” she explains.

    The other reason: “I was never afraid to fail, so I gave it my all.”

    Butler, a single mom to her 3-year-old daughter, says her biggest challenge has been accepting the fact that she “no longer wears all the hats.”

    “At the beginning, I did a little bit of everything. I’d be whipping up a batch of frosting, then have to run to a meeting, and then do paperwork. Now we have a great team to do all of those jobs, and my role is to be the face of the brand. But I still want to be everywhere, all at once, making sure everything is perfect, because this business is my baby – it has my name on it.”

    Butler says she plans to grow the business to 250 stores by 2019.

    “But no matter how big we get, I’ll always make time to put on my apron and whip up a batch of frosting, because that’s what I love to do.”

    SEE ALSO: Here’s Why One CEO Asks New Hires To Sing Their Favorite Song In Front Of The Entire Office





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    Cupcake Business

    • Does everyone rave about your cupcakes when you bake for family and friends?
    • Are you known as the Cucpake King or Cupcake Queen amongst your friends?
    • Have you ever thought you could start your own cupcake business?

    If you answered YES to at least two of these questions then this page is specially written to answer all your questions.

    I am often asked how to sell cupcakes and how to start a cupcake business.

    Bake for family and friends

    My first suggestion would be to make cupcakes for family and friends at every possible opportunity. Wherever you go, take cupcakes. It won’t take long before your friends and family will start asking you to make cupcakes for them. Then their friends will ask and so on and so on.

    It may take a while to build up orders but you can have lots of fun trying new recipes and deciding the easiest way for you to frost the cupcakes.

    Choose reliable recipes

    Choose recipes that are fool-proof and always please your customers. In the beginning it is probably best to concentrate on two or three favorite recipes that you know are crowd-pleasers.

    I love my Chocolate Obsession recipe as it keeps really well. This is important if you have to bake an order a day before it is due so that you have plenty of time to frost without the cupcakes going stale.

    Distribute flyers and sell at local malls and swap meets

    You can put up notices at local shopping malls advertising your cupcakes. Going to local swap meets, car boot sales or taking a stall at a fete are other ways to advertise and start selling cupcakes.

    Print up some flyers and do a letterbox delivery in your local area. These are all relatively cheap ways to get started but they also bring good results.

    Give out free samples

    I know you don’t want to give away your profits but make mini cupcakes and give them away at local shopping areas. Attach a small flyer or business card to each cupcake that contains all your contact details.

    Give cupcakes away at local charity events so that your name can be listed amongst the sponsors. Nobody knocks back free cupcakes.

    Price cupcakes properly for your market

    A cupcake business can be started with very limited funds if you are able to work from home. If you price your cupcakes properly you should see profits very quickly.

    Don’t try to undercut your competitors with your pricing. Even if you are working from home make sure that you include all your overheads. You have to think big and realise that if this business venture takes off and you need staff or bigger premises (or both) you can’t double prices overnight to take extra costs into consideration.

    Is it a hobby or full-time business?

    You need to decide if you want to sell cupcakes as a hobby or past-time or whether you can see yourself making cupcakes 6 or 7 days a week. Do you want this to be a full-time occupation and can you make arrangements if you are sick or need holidays?

    Note: The ability to work from home is dependent on local laws as some countries do not allow goods to be sold commercially from a home kitchen so you will have to research your local by-laws.

    If you are unable to bake from home and need to operate from a commercial kitchen your cost of production immediately skyrockets. This is not, however, an insurmountable problem. Just look around at all the cupcake bakeries that are succeeding and know that you too can be successful.

    There are lots of great resources available if you are interested in starting your own cupcake business. Because I have been asked so many times about the best way to start a business I have prepared an ebook which will help you from the beginning stages of thinking about starting your own business through to checklists for completing orders on time.

    Some of the chapters include:
    – Getting Started;
    – Marketing your Business;
    – Tools of the Trade;
    – Pricing your Cupcakes; and
    – Time Management Secrets.

    And don’t forget to come back and let us know how your business is going. We would love to hear from you.

    Have you started your own Cupcake Business?

    Have you started your own cupcake business and have some great tips or suggestions for other readers?

    Do you bake from home or from a commercial kitchen and have some great selling techniques to share with us?

    Do you work for yourself or have you joined a franchise?

    We would love to hear your stories.

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