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How do you say... NO!!

by Richard
posted 1371 days ago


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crank49

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#1 posted 1371 days ago

I can get interested in pretty much anything with the right price offered, so I don’t know.

Also, now that you have told a fib, it’s even harder to come back with “Sorry, I only do things to donate to charity”

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1371 days ago

I just tell them woodworking is something I do for fun, and I make things I like to make. I go on to explain that taking someone’s money to make what they want is a whole different ball game, and makes my fun more like work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Richard

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#3 posted 1371 days ago

Charlie
Wow! That is how I feel exactly word to word. I have always thought this way deep down and you came up with what I was thinking. I guess woodworkers think alike.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1371 days ago

have you try with a simpel NO!....lol
I´m not up in that league so I don´t no
but Charlies comment makes sence to say

Dennis

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NathanAllen

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#5 posted 1371 days ago

Maybe instead of money you could ask for some obscure, rare, ultra exotic stock in exchange for doing their project. I’m not talking about a blank from the keel of the Mayflower, more in line with 10bf of clear Madagascar Ebony. This way you’re not charging them money, you get stock to use in a future project and they can decide if they want to pay top dollar, wait for a bargain or don’t need the project done that much.

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Charles Maxwell

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#6 posted 1371 days ago

If I don’t want to do a project for someone I just quote them a price that’s out of their league!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 1371 days ago

I’m with Charlie and Richard. My answer on a whole lot of things is “I do these things for free because I find them fun. If I charged my usual hourly rate to do them, you couldn’t afford them. And I’d have to do them on a schedule and do them to someone else’s specs.”

If someone ever calls my bluff, well, I’m gonna rake in some decent dosh.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Mogebier

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#8 posted 1371 days ago

I just tell everyone that I will get to whatever project they want me to do for them when I’m done doing the projects I want to do for myself.
Then I show them the list. The “Master To Do List” that I have had for almost 14 years now. Then they leave me alone :)

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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richgreer

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#9 posted 1371 days ago

I have the same problem with a slightly different twist. I do a lot of work for my church and I am well known within the church by many of the older members. They will approach me with a request to do things in their home which are, essentially, handyman work. I do it if I know them to be rather poor, especially if it is an important project for health or safety reasons.

However, recently I got myself suckered into doing some cosmetic work inside a couple’s expensive RV. There was no health or safety issues and the people who own that RV clearly can afford to hire someone. I’ve got to learn to say “no” in situations like this.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jesse

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#10 posted 1370 days ago

Well, you could always try to flip Murphy’s law around in your favor? Attempt to sell your work and then surely no one will be looking.

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Richard

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#11 posted 1370 days ago

Jesse
So True! You hear about woodworkers trying to go into business, and trying to find customers that will pay. Maybe I should carry some cards of some of my fellow local woodworkers and steer them towards their direction.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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snowdog

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#12 posted 1370 days ago

I read here a long time ago and I use it all the time when I am asked to do some wood project for others, “I would be happy to show you how to do it, come to my shop and I will teach you” everyone so far has declined except for my sister and we had a blast working together. This only works with friends and family but anyone else (as long as your polite) really does not matter :)

You could also work out a deal with another lumberjock to do the project and get a commission :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Bob #2

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#13 posted 1370 days ago

I just say “Naw, I don’t want to do that” .
Frankly, I’m rather fed up with charities.
They are becoming businesses and used by governments to offset their primary responsibilities or tax dodges for wealthy corporations.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 1370 days ago

Just tell them the truth and they can’t find fault you for anything. It’s your business what you do with your leisure time.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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SnowyRiver

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#15 posted 1370 days ago

I would just tell them that woodworking is a hobby and that you dont do work for hire.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Abbott

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#16 posted 1370 days ago

Yeah, I agree with Wayne. An honest answer will do the trick and keep the issue from coming up with the same guy/gal again. I wouldn’t worry to much if they like the answer or not, you don’t need to please them….after all they are not paying you :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Peter Oxley

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#17 posted 1370 days ago

Hey, Richard – I like Charlie’s answer.

And I’m in Emmett … should I send you a short stack of my business cards?

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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Rick Dennington

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#18 posted 1370 days ago

I usually don’t say “no” if it’s a paying job, unless it’s something I’ve never built, or too complicated that I don’t want to fool with it. I enjoy building projects for my immediate family, grandkids, etc. with a “no charge” clause…I have a sign in my shop that says” Free advice…everything else is cash”. I don’t do any charity work for anyone..Here’s an example: I live in a small town (763), and a few days ago the mayor came by (he
knew I did woodworking) and asked if I could build 72 candycanes to put out in our community for the holidays. He wanted them out of plywood….He wanted me to do all the work and furnish materials for FREE…!
I said sorry…no can do!!! I’m not spending all my time making things like that for nothing…People don’t realize that you have wear and tear on machines, and if one of those tools broke down, who fixes it..? Not them!!!
At least if it’s a paying job, you have $ for repairs and material replacement..People will take advantage of your good nature if they can to save a $....I just tell them…”I don’t work for free”....They leave….grumbling…

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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WoodyWoodWrecker

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#19 posted 1370 days ago

I’m trying to make woodworking a hobby so that when I retire, I don’t just sit around and waste away. Now knowing how expensive wood can be I’ve been trying to come up with ways to get it cheaper. I thought of NathanAllen’s idea and think that would be a way to do it. But, if I didn’t want to make other peoples projects than I think I would just have to tell them the truth.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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newbiewoodworker

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#20 posted 1370 days ago

People think that we get our wood for next to nothing, and that our machines will run on hopes and dreams for the rest of our life…

A girl over the summer wanted me to build her a rabbit hutch… I was thinking about it.. until she said that she didnt want to spend more than $100…. She didnt realize ACQ is about $4/ “2×4” and a design like she wanted requires alot of lumber… Then exterior stain/paint is expensive… often upwards of $20/can… Then hardware would be another $20 or so… Then chicken wire is like $10/roll… Tin Snips are like $5.. Screws are $8/lb And that would take atleast an lb…

By the time I was done, it would probably end up costing atleast $100+... With no meat on the bones for me… Not to mention ACQ is a killer on blades and cast iron/steel, due to the moisture content…

So I think I quoted her $500… She walked away; Thus fofilling my master plan…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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Bob #2

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#21 posted 1370 days ago

newbie, one of the first things you do in merchandising is qualify the buyer.
Most consumers have an idea of what they have free for a project but no excperience with the input costs.
You could tell her what the minimum cost would be and let her decide the best path to get a project done.
Don’t be too disappointed that they don’t go ahead with your ideas as many don’t understand the difference between mass manufacturing with slave labor such as in China and one of a kind production here on North America.
Still and all it seems like a hundred bucks for a rabbit hutch is plenty.
Maybe you should get familiar with recycled materials. often thay can save a lot of expense for mundane projects like this. What’s the price of a phone call?

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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NBeener

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#22 posted 1370 days ago

For me, the answer would be verrrrry simple:

“Have you SEEN any of my work ???”

<grin>

-- -- Neil

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Bob #2

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#23 posted 1370 days ago

Neil , and the Rabbit said…. not yet!

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Bob #2

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#24 posted 1370 days ago

JorgeG, and the Rabbit said…. not yet!

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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canadianchips

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#25 posted 1370 days ago

Be upfront with them. Tell them why you build for charity, and why that makes YOU happy. You are the one that has to sleep at night. No need to fib to them and then feel guilty, you are not the one that started it !
Be honest about it, keep it simple and enjoy doing what YOU like doing.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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EEngineer

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#26 posted 1369 days ago

I guess I don’t understand the question…

If it is something I don’t wanna do… “NO!”

If they can’t accept it and still remain friends, then weren’t asking, they were commanding you to do it. In that case, the answer is “Hell, NO!”

People are such wusses nowadays.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Jim

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#27 posted 1369 days ago

My response is “I’m flattered that you would ask but I do woodworking for fun and relaxation. For me the quickest way to kill that, is to turn it into a job, so I have to decline”. I’ve always had positive responses to turning them down when done this way.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca

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newwoodbutcher

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#28 posted 1369 days ago

I always tell people that (a) I have a very long project list and (b) although they might love the look of that cute box I made, I would have to charge $1,000 due to how long it takes me to build it, I allways ask if they would be willing to pay that much. I haven’t had an offer yet.

-- Ken

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NBeener

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#29 posted 1369 days ago

Alright. Two serious answers:

First: Bob #2. I have a couple of projects up, and one in the making :-) I just move like the glaciers, is all ;-)

Second: to the original question….

You could call it honesty, but … I’m not trying to play all holier than though. My approach is a little more sales-y than that. I call it “Don’t give them anything that they can argue against.”

If you make it about price, or time, or backlog, or anything like that, then … if they’re persistent or insistent, they can come back at you with an argument.

I gather you don’t want that. I wouldn’t want that.

My real answer—were I ever to get to the point where people genuinely DID want to pay me to build something for them—would probably be something like, “I’m flattered, but that’s just not what I do.”

Of course, somebody can argue THAT, too, but … let’s be honest: some people can argue … in response to anything or nothing.

So I’d hold my ground. “No. Really. I’m very flattered, but that’s just not what I do …” or ” ... but I’m really not interested.”

In the end, it IS honest. It’s also the sort of position that’s MOST likely to keep EVERYBODY happy, in the end.

-- -- Neil

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Bob #2

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#30 posted 1369 days ago

Neil, don’t tell me, tell the rabbit! :-)

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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dennis mitchell

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#31 posted 1369 days ago

Try telling them yes you would love to do it. Make sure you figure all the time it would take including getting materials, building jigs, shop drawings, time spent with them and time spent cleaning the shop. Tell them many cabinet shops charge $60.00 to $75.00 an hour, but you will only charge them $55.00 that is a lot less than a plumber or electrician would charge….plus materials. Then if they still want it done call me, I’ll only charge you $45.00 an hour!

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Edziu

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#32 posted 1369 days ago

I have become very selective about my donations. I also have a small stock of production items that I don’t mind throwing into an auction, raffle,etc.

I did donate a larger item to a school dinner auction, but the couple who solicited me for the donation, well, the husband’s father is a famous actor. Footloose, The World According to Garp….those are some of his movies. I’m going to ask someday for “Him” to be the auction item at MY church, you know, to be a dinner guest or something.

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BertFlores58

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#33 posted 1368 days ago

I had refused several times work that are really worth for a living because I am so frank telling them that I have no time available. If they are willing to wait, I start asking about it. I plan first if it is good to do it or not. Most of the time, TIME is always a problem…. As a hobby is not always a good reason because they even wait longer and maybe years.. When you meet again, he or she will remind you. If you really dont want it… be frank and SAY no. THE TO DO LIST is nice to have with given priority rating.

-- Bert

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