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Old 07-16-2004, 12:02 PM   #1
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what should I charge them?

Hi, everyone. I have a question. I have been asked to do the complete beadwork for a fancy shawl outfit, hair ornaments, yolk, moccasins and leggings. What should I charge for this, does it matter if the design is complicated? I do a lot outfits and I am a good beader, but it is so slow and I usually only do it for family members. Help. What would you charge?
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My Business/Marketing instructor taught us that you want to mark up your actual cost by 33% to compensate for your time and expertise regardless the product.
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Family, is one thing! How well do you know the person? How many hours is it going to take! You have to think about that. Complexity of the design-----yes, that has a lot to do with the price. If you are adding in all the accessories, that is a plus, plus you're a good beader. 33% sounds good, but I would have to ask for something up front to get me started. Plus, are they willing to work out a trade. Is there something that you need? Not trying to sound like I'm greedy, but money and gifts both work for me. Especially gifts, extra beads, needles, FEATHERS, FANS, LEATHER, MOCS, you get my drift.

But your time and expertise is a major on the real! You have to make sure that you are compensated for that alone!
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I asked this same question in the fancy shawl thread about a year ago. You may be able to find it in the archives. People gave me prices for each piece. Also depending on the type of beads used (cut glass) you may want to charge more if you are the one supplying the beads. If they give you the beads to use then take that into account and don't charge quite as much.
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Charge the price of materials + labor (by the hour). Labor not only includes the time you spend beading, but the time you spend designing and planning as well.

Your hourly fee is up to you...
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I usually end up charging around $10.00 p/hr. on beadwork & sewing; the price on items goes up when certain materials are more expensive or hard to obtain. The other thing I've done before; is to have the person ordering buy all the materials, so there is no misunderstandings about colors and such. I still charge $10 p/hr. and save alot of time not having to get the supplies to do an item. Just set your price up front; give them an estimate and stick to it, collect half the money up front, especially if you are beading in a person's initials or name on the item. Otherwise; if they decide not to purchase after you have finished the project, you can find another buyer who'd be willing to pay your price.
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Family, is one thing! How well do you know the person? How many hours is it going to take! You have to think about that. Complexity of the design-----yes, that has a lot to do with the price. If you are adding in all the accessories, that is a plus, plus you're a good beader. 33% sounds good, but I would have to ask for something up front to get me started. Plus, are they willing to work out a trade. Is there something that you need? Not trying to sound like I'm greedy, but money and gifts both work for me. Especially gifts, extra beads, needles, FEATHERS, FANS, LEATHER, MOCS, you get my drift.

But your time and expertise is a major on the real! You have to make sure that you are compensated for that alone!
Good point! I forgot the part about a deposit. 50% up front.
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My Business/Marketing instructor taught us that you want to mark up your actual cost by 33% to compensate for your time and expertise regardless the product.

That's good advice. I usually take the cost of my materials and mark it up 2x. But then for work that I get asked to do the most I have set prices, like I charge 15.00 to sew a ribbon shirt if you supply everything.

But then there are times that this does'nt work. Such as with barrettes. Maybe the beads if broken down by wieght or number might have cost me.. oh let's say 2.oo. Well times that by 3 and I would have to charge 4 bucks for a barrette that took me 6 hours of labor. Not quite fair a price. So instead I go usually on the size and detail. So most of my barrettes are in the 20-40 dollar price range. And even at those prices, that's not minimum wage per hour... but it was my pleasure to make it! ;)

I can't remember who said it, but whoever said , "figure out what you would charge per piece" gave good advice as well. That will help give you some idea of what to charge overall.
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thanks for that information!!!

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It also depends on if it's a child's outfit or an adult. And if they supply materials or how detailed the designs. And when they need the outfit by. Usually most people want u to pay half upfront then the rest when u get done.
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