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From: dutchessmom
Date: 06-27-2006, 07:04 PM (1 of 4)
I need your help - I am starting a home based craft business and need help with pricing. I don't know how to start, I plan on making tote bags (children and adults), book covers, blankets and embroidering on tee shirts and sweatshirts. A person at work wants me to embroider some tee shirts and sweatshirts for her and asked how much I charge I said I don't know yet, I am still starting the business. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. :coffee:
User: dutchessmom
Member since: 06-23-2006
Total posts: 4
From: BabsSewingRoom
Date: 06-30-2006, 02:16 PM (2 of 4)
There are multiple ways of costing for embroidery that you can find on the internet and in some of the Yahoo groups. I've tried most of them. For now I've pretty much settled on 25 cents per 1000 stitches with minimum of $3 for all one color, $4 for 2 or more colors. Sometimes there are other factors that enter into my pricing, the customer's attitude has on occasion increased the price.
User: BabsSewingRoom
Member since: 04-10-2004
Total posts: 80
From: guppie
Date: 06-30-2006, 07:21 PM (3 of 4)
Hey Babe--I like that 'attitude increase' thing :bg: ! My only problem with that is if I have set my prices and they vary considerably from the 'norm' the customer may question why the difference. Then what would you tell them? Like 'Maybe you should consult a different seamstress?'

I haven't run across this (yet!) but I'm certain I will at some time. Gotta think of that 'right' answer and the best thing to do for all concerned!
User: guppie
Member since: 12-29-2004
Total posts: 43
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 07-01-2006, 06:47 PM (4 of 4)
Re: 'attitude'... Reminds me when I used to do income tax returns for a family owned company.. When I took a finished return to be inspected and priced, I would always show a note that had the letters N F on it, and the inspector knew that meant to add a 'nuisance fee' for a difficult client.. My boss would then question me 5? or 10?. and say you choose.. And I would add whichever amount I felt was necessary to soothe my injured feelings.. Most of the times , the would be cheaters got the highest fees... LOL.. The nerve of asking a professional to cheat on a job ! ! ! One man tried every year to claim his dogs as children and had the nerve to give a Vets name in with legit Dr. bills.. I should have written a book...LOL
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
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