Features & Highlights
Features & Highlights
We promote local marketplaces by displaying nearby sellers on the map of each shop page. Buyers can define the search area by adjusting the map slider, and can filter products along with their Sellers, by using the Product Filter discussed below. We limit the zoom-in to protect your privacy. Your address is not available to Buyers unless you give it to them.
Request a quote
Some products don’t fit well into the one size fits all mold. Specialty cakes, for example, require more interaction and preparation time. At Cottage Baker, your prospective customers can upload photos and quickly request a quote right at your product page. Seller will be notified in email and will have an opportunity to reply either privately to the customer’s email, or reply with a comment at your product page.
Send Customer Invoice
For custom order, seller can create an order, attach an existing product, add shipping and additional fee (e.g. rush fee) and send an invoice directly to your customer’s shopping cart.
In the Internet age, reviews are critical to our success. At Cottage Baker, there is review on each product page and sellers can quickly response to customer’s reviews with a comment. To make your reviews an even more positive force to help you build your business, once you have twenty 4 stars or above ratings from verified customers, Cottage Baker will send you “People love us on Cottage Baker” stickers for you to put on your packaging. It’s great for display if you are selling at local stores as well.
Your customers are given several delivery options at check out. You can control which of these you want to support for each of your products. The delivery options are discussed in detail below, and include: Local Delivery and Local Pick Up
Distance-based Local Delivery charge calculator
Cottage Baker understands how difficult it can be to manage your time and the complexities of your business. So, we’ve implemented a unique distance-based delivery charge calculator that gives you full control over how much you want to charge to deliver your products based on the distance to your customer. No more phone calls to ask how much you charge for delivery, or missed business opportunities simply because the delivery charge is unknown to your customer.
With our delivery calculator you can set up your own delivery rules for each product. Delivery charges will be fairly and consistently calculated at checkout based on customer’s shipping location. For example, the Delivery Rules below show free shipping within 15 miles, $8 up to 30 miles and $12 up to 45 miles.
Local Pick Up
While local Pick Up is often an appealing option, not all sellers feel comfortable with customers coming to their residence to pick up orders. That’s why you can enable / disable the Local Pick Up delivery option for each product.
Product Search Filters
Unlike Etsy and other simplistic keyword search sites where many irrelevant products are displayed. Buyers can quickly find your products with our unique, easy to use multi-layered filters customized to the needs of your target customers. For example, Buyers can search for products from Sellers who are within 20 miles, support Local Delivery, have gluten free cookies with a baby shower theme. This makes shopping for your products on Cottage Baker fun and easy. You control the filters of your products that dictate how they are found by customers.
Bookings and Calendars – Managing Your Time
Whether you are a part time baker or building a full-time business, effectively controlling how your time is spent is essential to enjoying your life’s passion. At Cottage Baker we understand this, so we’ve implemented a Bookings and Calendar feature that allows you to limit the number of orders you will accept on a given day. With the Bookings feature you are in control of your time and personal work/life balance.
Below is an example of using the Bookings feature if you only bake on the weekend, require orders to be placed three days in advance, and support deliveries on Monday and Tuesday only:
With the above settings, this is what your customers will see on your product pages:
Subscriptions Feature – Recurring Revenue
Cottage Baker allows you to have a stable and predictable income by offering subscriptions like a “Cookies of the Month Club” or “Weekly breakfast in a bag”, giving your loyal customers something to look forward to on a regular basis. Recurring billing for your deliveries happens automatically.
No more phone calls, private messages or emails just to sort out what type of cupcakes you need to bake. Cottage Baker allows you to easily build your online order form and let customers choose different cake size, filling flavors, and any other clever variation or add-on you can think of. You can optionally set an additional charge for each option. You can even create a message box to allow customers write notes, or upload pictures for a customs order or a personalized design.
We understand that from time to time it’s easy to get carried away when you’re in a baking mood, or over estimate the number of cupcakes you need for the church social. Why not turn your fervor into profit? That’s why we’ve added the Today’s Specials category that allows you to flag your products as “on special” and immediately available. In this way customers in your community can have your fresh baked goods for dessert right away.
Many bakers order ingredients in bulk to keep costs down. Consider selling your excess supply to other Cottage Bakers in the Baking Supplies category of products. It’s a great way to share your bulk discount and help each other lower the cost of supplies.
Facebook is a powerful way of directing people to your products. Cottage Baker supports an optional Facebook Like and Facebook Share button on your product listings. Each time these buttons are clicked your products are will be prominently featured in the Buyer’s Facebook feed with links directly to your products on Cottage Baker!
Affordable and Flexible Plan
Cottage Baker serves businesses including bakeries, bakers operating from commercial kitchens, individual home bakers, and culinary artisans. Supporting such a wide range of business with different needs requires a more flexible approach to keep it simple and painless. Rather than charging listing fees that expire seemingly randomly, dropping your products like a hot potato when you have trouble keeping track, Cottage Baker uses a much more convenient configurable Seller Plan with options designed to fit your individual needs.
When you register as a Cottage Baker Seller you will have the opportunity to select your plan options. Don’t worry, you can always upgrade or downgrade your plan options as your business grows.
- Free subscription for up to 10 listings and a 3.5% Service fee
- The basic Seller Plan starts at just $4.95/month and includes up to 25 product listings + *3.5% Service fee
- You can upgrade to 50 product listings for $6.95/month (just $2 more) + *3.5% service fee
- You can add the ability for your customers to create bookings enabling you to better manage your time for just $4.95/month
- You can add the ability for your customers to subscribe to regular deliveries of your products for just $4.95/month
Best of all, you will enjoy the first year free, so there’s no reason not to give all the features a try!*
* The free trial period does not include service fee and PayPal payment processing fee on each product sold. Payment processing fee is 2.9% + $0.30 cents per transaction.
Free transfer service
Our Vendor’s Dashboard is easy to use and we have a comprehensive Seller’s Guide and Video Tutorials to help you get started. However, we also understand that it takes some time to get comfortable with anything new, especially considering all the additional features that you’ll want to try. We offer free transfer service. Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you get started right away.
If you already have an etsy store, we can also help you move everything over and this service is free.
There’s no reason to wait. Be the first in your area to become a Cottage Baker Seller, and start building your business today.