Pricing…sigh.

It’s well documented here and elsewhere that I like  love crafting and do it often. What’s not well documented here is that I’m often asked to make things for others and to participate in craft fairs (haven’t done it yet) and something else that might be on the horizon that is both exciting and terrifying. (Not talking about it yet.)

I’m into a lot of different areas with the whole crafting thing – digital, textile, papers, edible and there’s prob more that I’m not thinking of off the top of my head and I always have at least one project going. Right now, I have about a dozen (not an exaggeration), just different things I’m working on.

I really enjoy doing these things and when I get bored with working on one, I put it down and pick up something else.

(Nope, I’m not really capable of doing nothing. It doesn’t feel right.)abbyinvitesfinal

My problem comes in though when I’m asked to do crafting for others and they want to pay me for it. Don’t get me wrong, I like making money and it’s helpful, but at the same token, I have no idea what to tell them! I get how to price things – cost of materials plus the cost of your time should equal the price of the item, but in my head it’s not that simple. How much do I charge for my time? I have to idea.

I did these for my niece’s upcoming 5th birthday and while I can stop and figure out the cost of the materials, I had a lot of it on hand already so I didn’t have to go get it. I ended up doing 30 of them and was messaged on fb about doing them for someone else, how much would it cost them?

I’m always afraid that I’m putting too much of a price tag on it and people will feel like they’re being ripped off…but I’m also taking a lot of time to do some of these special projects and want to be fair to myself.

What’s a girl to do?

When it was time to price some of my hats, I emailed a bunch of photos to friends and asked what a fair price would be and then averaged it out. I’ve done ok with them, nothing to write home about though…then again I do almost nothing to promote my work so what can I expect?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t really want to get into the design/crafting business full time. Heck, I’m not even sure I want to get into it for profit, but if I’m doing it anyway and someone else is getting the goods, I should get paid something (unless I’m choosing not to) for it, right?

What do you think? What’s a fair price for invites? What about other design work?

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About Court

I spend a lot of time on the pool deck and making treats in my kitchen amongst other things.
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2 Responses to Pricing…sigh.

  1. Pingback: Snippets « baking in my bathing suit

  2. You need to charge not just for the materials and time, but also for your creativity. don’t worry about “over charging.” If people don’t want to pay what you’re worth then it’s a good thing they wont become your clients. Yes?

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