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Grow your cake decorating business

If you’re known for your fabulous cakes and you’ve been selling cakes to friends and family, it may be time for you to work on growing your business. Building up a small business from nothing can be very rewarding, both emotionally and financially. You don’t need to hire someone to do marketing for you or invest a lot of money to see your business thrive. Here are some easy tips for growing the business you started.

You make beautiful cakes, and your friends and family have become your customers, and a few others have heard of you and ordered also. Now you’re ready to grow your business. You’ve made a great start, now here are some tips for going to the next level.

  • Encourage your buyers to become repeat customers by offering a discount on their second order. Repeat customers are loyal customers. And everybody loves to get a discount.
  • Encourage your buyers to be your spokespeople. Giver them a discount for every new customer they bring you.
  • Use social media. It lets you keep in touch with buyers so they remember you when they need a cake for an occasion. You can also offer special deals on social media. Most importantly, use social media to show off pictures of your fabulous cakes. Take pictures of all your cakes before you deliver them, so you can show them off later. Create social media buzz by getting customers excited about seeing your latest creations.
  • Use your cake pictures to create an idea book for buys to look through. You can use clear plastic sheets with pockets to hold pictures in a binder.
  • You want to look professional when you’re getting customers that aren’t friends and family. Business cards are the easiest way to hand out your contact information, and give you a polished appearance.
  • Use food packaging to your advantage. Cake boxes with clear windows show off your creates while keeping them safe. Make sure to keep an adequate supply of food packaging supplies on hand at all times. You don’t want to deliver a gorgeous cake in a used cardboard box.
  • Consider every time you meet with a buyer, even if it’s just dropping their order off, as a business meeting, and look the part. It shows you respect and value them as a customer. And you never know if you’ll meet a potential new customer when you’re out.
  • Keep good records. Track all of your expenses and income, preferably in a separate business bank account. Make a habit of keeping meticulous records now, nad you’ll be glad you did later.
  • Change the voice mail on the phone you use for business to a professional greeting that mentions your cake business.
  • Consider using a service that will allow you to accept payment by credit card. Multiple options are available. Or have the option for them to transfer money into your PayPal account. People love having the option to pay with a credit card if they want to.
  • Use labels with your contact information and logo on them to seal all food packaging. This shows you’re every bit as good as any professional bakery. You can buy supplies to print your own labels at office supply stores, or order them. Always keep an adequate stock on-hand.
  • And most of all: be patient and tenacious. You can’t grow a small business overnight. It take consistent hard work for your to build your business up.
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A Handy List of Energy Efficient Window Blinds

Energy efficiency of a house does not entirely depend upon the windows or doors of a house. Ancient, drafty window blinds can sometimes cause up to a great deal of heat loss in winter and also a great extent to heat gain in summer. Energy efficiency doesn’t only depend upon the usage of windows entirely.  Efficient use of windows blinds can help reduce heat loss to 50%.  Metal blinds do not help a lot insulating the house. However using wood and thick fabric blinds can help keeping the house cozy and warm. Blinds with huge gaps are not able to provide much blockage to heat loss as compare to Window Blinds with thinner gaps. Windows facing towards north and east need to be covered with more efficiency to be more energy efficient as compare to windows facing towards west and south. The material, size, style, shape and installation of a window blind also play an important role in determining the energy efficiency of a house. Roller Blinds at the doors can also help keeping the house warm in winter. In this article we will be providing you a list of the most Energy Efficient Window Blinds.

Cellular Blinds:

Cellular blinds are available in different degrees of opacity ranging from Light room filtering, room to darkening or side rails which completely eliminate light from entering the room. They can be found in one, two or three celled blinds. Adding more cells helps reducing heat escape. The window blinds are quite easy to install and when raised completely gives a complete unblocked view.

Wooden Blinds:

Wooden Blinds besides its decorative feature gives solid insulation to the windows. Wooden Panel Glide Blinds can help keep doors insulated completely. Wooden blinds due to their thickness gives better insulation to the room and keep the room completely de-lighted and more energy efficient. Wooden blinds come in two combinations; wood and vinyl or in solid vinyl. Panel Glide Blinds are more efficient for the house that faces north or east as they need more covering.  The no holes choice would eliminate the center holes of the blinds which results in darker and more energy efficient room. Wooden Panel Glide Blinds with no-hole feature can help keep the complete house packed and restricting light from entering the house.  

Vertical Blinds:

Vertical blinds are more efficient and suited for windows and doors which are wider than normal. Vanes made of vinyl PVC or fabric can help block more heat and reduce the amount of light entering the house. Due to the fact of using PCV the cleaning of the blinds is easier as compare to other blinds. Due to more usage of PVC, manufacturing companies make the PVC fabric look alike after some processes which gives flair of fabric to the blinds. Ultimately you will have fabric blinds at a cheap price which are also easy to clean.

Sheerweave Sun Control Blinds:

The use of fabric in blinds plays an important role in keeping the house cozy and warm. These sun control fabrics can help increase the beauty and elegance of your interior design as well as protecting the room from heat loss. These sun control blinds have standard mechanism of continuous loop clutch so it is quite easy to raise or lower the blinds smoothly and easily. These types of blinds also gives a pleasant look to the windows and doesn’t gives an odd constrast wit the interior of the house.