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#1 posted 12-29-2010 01:47 AM

While your mom might appreciate a gift a lot most people don’t much
value things they get for free. When you charge for your time or workmanship,
people will actually appreciate owning the thing more, so don’t be ashamed
to ask to be paid.

How you get compensated is up to you – you may want to barter or do some
other form of exchange.

Even in the cabinetmaking business where prospects are expecting to pay for
the work, many have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Start phrasing
the way you answer inquiries in a manner that says you expect and deserve to
be compensated for your work. If people are thinking they can save money
by having a custom builder reproduce a furniture piece that came out of a
factory, they are usually mistaken. Some high-end furniture is marked-up
quite a bit by the time it makes it into stores or catalogs however and you
may be able to copy such pieces, make a fair wage for your skills, and save
the client some money by eliminating middle-men, freight costs and even
substituting local woods.

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