I gave notice at my job, and will no longer be the pastry chef there after July. My boss and I have been discussing my coming in just to do cakes, on a part-time basis, and I told her I'd like to do this, if I'm paid hourly. She agreed, without actually talking about price. I don't want to settle for less than $30 an hour, and would like to start at $35, negotiable. Now, she comes to me with a project for a September wedding, and the client only wants to pay $5 a person, for individual wedding cakes (huh?). Not only that; she wants them all arranged in the shape and size of an actual wedding cake (for 250 guests). My boss said she would like to work out a flat rate for me with this particular wedding. No way will I bother with it, if it's less than $20 per cake. They want 5 different flavors, and 5 different designs as well! We left it hanging today, because I told her to discuss it with the client, and tell her that this idea just cannot happen for $5 a person. But does anyone here think that there is any way to do any cake project at a flat rate? I don't see how it would be possible to know exactly what the client is being charged. Which is why I want to be paid hourly. Plus, it is more realistic, especially in a company where last minute changes are the norm. My next issue is, should I remain on the company payroll, or become self-employed and pay my own taxes? And then there are contracts... Any advice would be helpful.