Submitted by suzylynn on May 2, 2012 - 4:45am
Hi ~ I am generally a lurker and have learned a whole lot from this group and enjoy reading the posts. I am a very small caterer/cake designer, but the business is growing. I am planning to attend the Vegas conference next year to attempt to take my business to the next level.
Right now I have a question that I could not find an answer to in the search feature. In the past I have only decorated the buffet tables. I have begun to lose business to other caterers who provide full decorating services. I would like to start out by dressing and decorating guests tables and cake tables. I do have tablecloths for my buffets, but all others will have to be rentals.
I really don't know how to charge for these extra services. Do I handle the rentals and invoice the client or let them handle that and just add my labor/overhead charges? I have been collecting vases and other decor for the tables and will charge a rental fee for these.
Would anyone share how you break down these charges?
Thanks so much,