Pricing for Friends and Family

What do you do when friends/family want you to make them something? I'm so new in the cake/cookie business that mostly all I'm getting are friends and family orders. My husband is getting tired of "freebies" as he calls them. I call it gaining experience. I also feel guilty for charging full price since I don't have overhead or a shop.

 

So what do you do: Do you give them discounts? Charge them full price? Charge them at all?

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I tend to agree with your husband and Sheila. If you set the expectation that all your friends and family will get discounts, then all you'll ever have time to do is discounted orders for family and friends. It's tough to build a viable, money-making business this way.

HA! I just responded to the cookie pricing forum in regards to friends and family discounts. I wish I had friends and family who insisted on paying. I've gotten many requests for birthdays, graduations, quinceanera's, and the list goes on and on. All these requests were expecting to be free. In some instances I don't mind doing things as a donation or as a madrina (god mother) but not in every single instance. I come from a very small town so most of my business has gone to the other lady with the cheaper prices. I have focused on school for a while but I don't see a reason why I can't make this a profitable and appreciated business. Sorry to vent but I've been put through the ringer with the whole pricing thing.

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