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Hi all,

I've been running a hobby cake making business for a while now, just promoting my sales through social media. It's been going pretty well, but I'm starting to get too busy to go through the long winded process of discussion for every sale I make, so I'd like to make a more automated purchase system for my customers. I'd also like to look a bit more professional and provide a better way for my customers to browse and choose their cakes.

I've been looking into a few different ecommerce providers, such as Shopify or WordPress with WooCommerce, but it all seems super complicated, what with the various different plans they make available, and then you add in plugins and all of that and I'm just getting overwhelmed.

Part of the issue is that, being a creative cake maker, my work requires advanced bookings for particular dates with plenty of lead in time (at least one week). I've found plenty of ways to create a website which is basically a glorified portfolio with a "request a quote" button, and plenty of other sites with a "buy now" button. But I'd like a platform which allows and requires the customer to specify the date the cake needs to be ready, and prevents them from booking one too soon (for example, the following day).

Basically what I'd like to know is if there are any ecommerce platforms which are designed for this style of purchase? Something which makes it really easy for me to set up? Or are there only complicated, time consuming routes?

Thanks in advance!

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