Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 Goals for Lauri's Cakes and More

Since coming back to my home area of NW Iowa on September 21st, 2011 I took some time off from my baking business to get things in order with the family. Now things are at a even Steven kind of level and I'm taking classes to make sure my baking business is where I need it to be.

When we first knew we were coming to Spencer last September we took the ONLY place left to rent here in Spencer, it's not what I want to operate life and my baking so one of my goals this year is to find a real house, one that doesn't move when the wind kicks up into high gear. Or when it snowing outside that it doesn't snow inside. It's a home but not a house.

I'm working with a non profit organization called Iowa Lakes Corridor in which the Senior Vice President Brian Dalziel is the person who's been conducting the entrepreneurial training and the training program is the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® program. I've also been doing some research on my business not for competitive reasons but to make sure that I'm doing what I should be doing. 

I've never bought a house before, so I'm going to see if there's a way to do so. In these days and times of riskiness, buying a house is one of them, just like having a small business. I sure do wished I had that "rich uncle" that I could just call up and tell them what my goals are and ask for him. Unfortunately that's not going to happen. 

Recap; getting my business back off the ground doing what ever is possible to get going again, and hopefully being able to buy a house and hopefully get my on demand baking in full swing! Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New Policy on taking orders

I had a "bad" experience yesterday, I accepted a call from a woman who lives about 15 minutes from me for a cake that was to be delivered today. She wanted a 12in heart cake like the double heart cake only a single cake and single layer. I was able to get her telephone number, although it showed up on my caller ID as unavailable.

After getting the batter ready (other than the color~~she wanted Red Velvet) she called back and changed her mind, so I put the batter in the fridge (no there's nothing wrong with that) and I waited. I was right. She called back then asked about white velvet. So that's what I was going to do.

I was excited about having my order for a Valentine's Day cake that I failed myself and my responsibility of keeping a level head. I should have gotten her mailing address. She's wasn't anyone I knew, she got my card from a dental office and thought that she would be able to help my business by getting the word out on how well I did for her.

That was a bust! So from this day forward I will require a deposit on all orders no matter how big or small they are. I need to protect myself from having to loose out on the cost of the ingredients and my time involved. Unless a prior arrangement has been made this is the new policy. I appreciate your assistance in this new policy.

Lauri Myers
Lauri's Cakes and More

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentine's Day Goodies

I'll be making cupcakes and cookies for Valentine's Day....let me know what you want, 4 Cupcakes for $4.00 and depending on the cookie it will be $0.85 a piece. The Cookies will be 6ct for $5.00, they are a soft sugar cookie with a decoration....the cupcakes are Chocolate, Pink Velvet or Red Velvet flavor.

Call by Friday, February 10th to place your order!!

Lauri's Cakes and More
Spencer, Iowa

Brimming with Roses Cake by Wilton

If you want this for your sweetie, just let me know!