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From: bridesmom
Date: 05-24-2006, 11:43 PM (1 of 5)
My neighbour has asked me to digitize his logo for his business and embroider up some t-shirts for him. It's a very simple design but I have no idea what to charge him. He's a good friend as well, so I don't want to go too high. Any ideas?? It's a 2 color logo, black and red, with black and red lettering.
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From: paroper
Date: 05-25-2006, 05:26 AM (2 of 5)
Most really good friends will insist on something and it is kind of one of those "good fences" things. I'd probably charge a per hour fee with a min fee of one hour. It might be dependant too on if he decides that you are designing the logo to physically give him. If there is a chance that he might want to take it to have someone else use "down the road", I'd charge a little more than if I were doing it and I'd keep it.

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From: jenny-o
Date: 05-25-2006, 05:40 PM (3 of 5)
Hi Laura,
I just asked my DH his opinion because he is an athletic director at his school here in Vancouver and has a lot of embroidery done every year. He said depending on the complexity of the design, it would cost between $125 and $225 to have it set up /digitized if it were for someone who was only having a dozen or so shirts done (plus $ for each shirt). Normally he doesn't have to pay anything for the digitizing because he has large orders and spends thousands of dollars. For the embroidery he pays for a simple logo 1 and a half inches square about $4.80 each to about $6 max for a 2 by 2 inch one. The companies do not give him the digitized disc to take anywhere else (and I wouldn't give that out either).
I have often thought about going into the business since I would have a guaranteed customer! Maybe one day.... I have to research it a little more.
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From: chris b
Date: 05-25-2006, 09:18 PM (4 of 5)
Keep in mind that if you only charge him a little instead of what it is really worth, then if he tells someone else about it and they want something they will want it for the same price! Proceed with care. Work is generally 1000 stiches =$1 for work but digitizing is usually a per hour fee. If it is simple and you can do it in an hour charge what you would be willing to work for an hour but keep in mind any test stitching should also be part of this time.
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User: chris b
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From: bridesmom
Date: 05-25-2006, 10:19 PM (5 of 5)
Thanks Pam, Jen and Chris, exactly the information I needed!! Now, to email him back (which sounds really silly when he lives directly across the street from me!)
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