I am one that is a total nerd about sprinkles and cookie cutters and cupcakes liners. Every time I walk into a craft store I want to buy every single cute thing that pops out at me. The reality of it is that I can’t buy every little cute sprinkle or cookie cutter that I see just because I like it. What if I never get the chance to use it? What if I buy 30 cute cookie cutters that I never get orders for? It’s a waste. So I talk myself out of buying every cute baking tool that I see to save myself money and I use a different technique in collecting the things that I need.
What I’ve learned to do when buying tools, cutters, liners, sprinkles, molds, etc is to only go searching for the tools that I actually NEED, WHEN I actually need them. Using this technique, I get an order for some type of shaped cookie or fondant mold and I go out and I buy it. Then, once I have made that order for someone using that tool, I take photos of my work and advertise it for others to see. Now I am advertising designs that I have the tools already to create.
For example, last week I came across an order for mermaid cupcakes with a mermaid tail as a cupcake topper. I accepted the order and then went on Amazon (I order almost everything on Amazon Prime) and ordered a mermaid tail fondant mold. I made the cupcakes using my new mold and posted pictures of them. Now that others can see the cupcakes that I am advertising with the mermaid design, I can now hopefully acquire orders that are similar in which I can use the mermaid mold that I already have.
I have found that this is not only saving me money, as I am only buying tools as I need them and not collecting unnecessary things, but I am also only acquiring things that people want me to use, I’m not buying tools that people are not even interested in.
As time goes on and I get more orders, I am finding that I am collecting necessary baking and decorating tools pretty quickly and my range of different things is starting to expand (which makes me very excited). The only problem now is that my baking closet and drawers are becoming a little full.. hehe .
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