Any ideas on how I can make some extra money

@lilybug (21145)
United States
January 8, 2008 1:01pm CST
selling the things that I bake? I love to bake things. If I had the money I would open my own shop, but I don't have the money to do something like that. I have sold a few baked things on eBay, but I know that most people feel weird about buying food off eBay. I make some AWESOME English Toffee and my cookie and bread are really good too. I was thinking about listing some of the toffee on eBay to see if it sells. Any good ideas on how I could make some extra cash with my baking? Oh, and I make some pretty good dog treats too.
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13 responses
• Finland
8 Jan 08
I think that making toffee is great idea. It might be easier to buy toffee than something baked. If you really make awesome toffee, then everytime you sell some you get good reputation. After a while people know you and trust you. I am not sure how much does it cost, but if it doesn't cost much, I think that you could found a company. People will trust more about companies than just somebody and that way selling would be easier.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I see people selling homemade things on eBay all the time, and I think you are right about needing to earn the reputation in order to really make it work.
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@youless (99302)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Jan 08
I like cooking and I also bought some bake things online. I think you can take advantage of your skill to earn money. It may take some time. You can use your computer to write an E-book/receipt about baking and try to sell it.
• India
9 Jan 08
The good news is that you got the talent and know-how of good baking but you can only make some good money once you start reaching out to more and more people in the market.There are many ways that you can start up your own business. Only your creativity and resources can limit you. You can take help of your friend or relative who is already in this kind of business. He/she can either make you as your business partner or atleast provide you with the right guidance. Otherwise what you can do is that you can ask 2-3 good friends to start up this baking business jointly where all of you invest equally and share equally or whatever agreement you guys enter into. The other way could be that you can tie up with some local bakery stores and supply them your items. You can even promote yourself in your local area like order yummiest cake for your kid's birthday bash or something like that. If you think hard you can surely be able to make lots of extra money. Goodluck!
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@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
8 Jan 08
Do you bake cakes? Usually if you bake cakes, you can do this out of your house. Get the word out, make posters and plaster them around town. If someone buys a yummy cake from you at a reasonable price, they will tell others. From there, you can give your menu of items you make and prices. I know many people who sell things they bake right out of their own kitchen. I also know someone who started with cakes and from there opened a catering business. Good luck!
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I make some pretty good cakes, but my problem with cakes is that I have not mastered the decorating part. If there is a simple frosting they look good, but I cannot do the fancy stuff.
@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Check in your area and see if there are going to be any craft shows. If so, sign up to do some and bring your treats to sell. This might help get the word out for you too.
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• Philippines
8 Jan 08
Go on and make your dream come true. No one could tell you what to do, but I do like your idea about making money on what you enjoy. Personally, I'm thinking of a way to put my own site wherein I can sell my service.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
8 Jan 08
Thank you for your support and good luck in pursuit of your website. What kind of service are you going to be offering?
• Mexico
8 Jan 08
Its great that you are looking to make some money with what you can do. Selling on ebay is an ok idea but I have a better one. You say that you can't afford to sell the items in a store of your own so sell them to people who already own stores. Find pastry shops and other stores that sell baked goods, things like that. You could bake your goods and sell it to the stores and they will eventually sell it to the public. If you can sell your goods to a few stores (for a reasonable price) then you might eventually get enough to make a store of your own....good luck!
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
8 Jan 08
Great idea. Thanks.
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I'd suggest you go with the dog biscuits, both on-line and locally. We had some to sell at a bazaar and they went really quickly. Take some samples to local pet stores, vets, groomers, etc., and ask if you can put them in their places of business to sell. Look for charity bazaars where they rent tables for craftspeople. We "sold" tables for $50 a day and the craftperson kept all their profit. Some have tables for less and take a percentage of your sales. Good luck to you!
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• United States
9 Jan 08
Hi, Was thinking how about selling them at indoor/outdoor fleamarkets. Or go to the grocery stores and make your own little packages. Just thinking they might go for that if ya give them some profit off of it.
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@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
9 Jan 08
:-) Make or get someone to make you a webpage, with photos of irresistable products displayed in an enhancing manner. I have space, I can put your bits up. No charge. If you can't do it yourself, I'll help you make your page. K.
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• Cambodia
9 Jan 08
You must learn how to sell on Internet because it's not exactly like in a shop. On Internet people do not buy if they don't know you. They want to learn about you, then about your stuffs and after that they would buy. So you have to build a website to explain who you are, what you are doing. You have to build your reputation get traffic and then you can sell. You must be patient because it take years but at the end it can be really rewarding: go to problogger.net and read the story of the guy who has a passion like you and you will see that you have a chance to do like him.
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@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
9 Jan 08
Hi, I think you have a good idea as well. I wonder if you can make a webpage for your product. I have webspace. You could put your page up at my place on the net if you like.
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• Cambodia
8 Jan 08
Write about your 2 passions and make money see my profile to see what I mean.
• United States
8 Jan 08
Have you got a phone? I make money every time someone calls me. No joke. I'm going to recommend that you check out Brring: freewebs.com/brring-its4u And while you're at it, have a look at my other site. It has a nice-sized list of programs through which I earn money every month. freewebs.com/allgpts Baking things? You need to learn how to work SMART, not HARD.
• Cambodia
8 Jan 08
goinliveinfive is really nuts. Your passions are really good, there's a lot of people including me, who would like to learn baking. If you make some videos on youtube I'm sure you will have great success.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
8 Jan 08
thank you
• United States
8 Jan 08
*shrug* To each his own, I suppose, but unless your name is Betty Crocker you might want to consider a few backup plans. Don't bother yourself with my sites, then, sweetums. Some people, I guess, are more comfortable setting limits to their success and I wouldn't dare deny you the privilege of being mediocre.