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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 12:10 AM

If you want to sell stuff to others other than what you already have made, you really need to set an hourly wage for yourself and count the hours it will take to make the project. You then need to add the cost of the materials on to that figure. You (and they) may be completely shocked at the price you come up with. I think that if you are just doing this occasionally for people, this should be enough to cover your base and make it worth your time to do something you like to do anyway. In knowing you from here at the forum, I don’t really think you want to make this your ‘business’ so these loose guidelines may be enough to do it for you.

If you find you are still getting too much work and don’t have time to do the projects you want to, then I would consider giving yourself an hourly wage increase.

If people balk at these prices, then you just have to walk away. Nothing will ruin a good hobby and take the pleasure out of scroll sawing and woodworking more than feeling trapped into doing something that you don’t feel you are getting enough money to do. You need to be firm right from the start and I think the people that really do appreciate and want your work will pay what you ask for without trying to negotiate you to a lower price.

Go into it with an attitude of knowing your own worth and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to those who don’t see it the same way you do.

I am sure that others will have additional advice, but I hope this helps you a little anyway.

Good luck! Sheila

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