The short answer to that is no. The long answer is oh HELL no.
When you're starting out (and often when you're trying to maintain an income if you've been in business for a while) people often feel pressure to say yes to every client that asks about a cake.
There's also the guilt that we self-impose when someone calls and cries on the phone that the NEED the cake from you, and that their life will be RUINED if you don't make it for them.
I'm here to tell you that it really won't be ruined. Maybe they'll just plan ahead better next time and order from you earlier. Learn to say NO and your life will be much easier.
Another time that you should say no right away is if your psycho detector goes off from the first time you talk to someone. I wrote about this at length before, but you can sum it all up in one sentence:
IF SOMEONE IS RUDE AT THE START, THEY"RE NOT GOING TO BE POLITE LATER.
Check out this example from one of my favorite websites, Clients From Hell. It's an example of the perfect response that you should have prepared for the moment when someone sets off alarm bells (like this one literally did).
Learn to say no...The word will set you free.
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com