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Attie Jonker

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 01:33 AM

I use to have the same problem when I started. For a while I under charged but you quickly find the need to place a value on your creativity, Test the waters and see how much your clients are willing to pay. You can always come down on your price if needed.
For custom work, I always start with a free estimate and hand deliver it to my clients over a lunch I pay for.
This way I can read their expression when they open the white envelope. If it looks like they would rather pass on the project, I would compromise. I use a Cost plus 30% formula as a general guide to do my estimates. Projects will more than likely take longer than you anticipate so make sure to calculate that into your time.
I also have had some pieces that, if I had to place an hourly rate on it, it would never sell.
If you love what you do money is never the driving force of your creativity, so be fare to your self and to your client.
Hope my endless blabbering helps.

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