A couple years ago some of the members were discussing the selling of their knits, etc...and people who ask you to knit something for them...and they'll 'pay you'. :doh:
So here is an example of how this 'conversation' usually rolls:
[COLOR=Blue]"Oh that is such a beautiful sweater! Where did you find it?"
"Thanks! I knit it myself!"
"Oh no, you didn't! Would you knit this sweater for me, too??
I'd be happy to pay you!"[/COLOR]
Sound familiar? Don't you feel complimented? I would!
So the conversation continues:
[COLOR=Blue]"Well, I guess I could. I don't have a lot of time to knit, but I guess I could make time."
"How much do you charge?"
"Well, I don't know...how much do you want to pay?"
"Oh no, you tell me how much you charge. I mean, I'd even pay you $50 for it!"[/COLOR]
Don't ya just hate this phase of the 'wheeling and dealing'?
You and I both know that it took us weeks and weeks of faithful knitting time, the cost of the pattern or book, and the yarn cost $80 by itself!
So you gulp, and say
[COLOR=Blue]"Well ma'am, the yarn for this sweater is $80 alone."
"EIGHTY DOLLARS??!!" she gasps. "Well, thanks for your offer to knit it for me, but I could get this at Walmart for $20."
Now don't ya just want to strangle her, or hang yourself? :teehee:
I have a better solution for this conversation!
So let's start the conversation over, much shorter this time:
[COLOR=DarkRed]"Oh that is such a beautiful sweater! Where did you find it?"
"Thanks! I knit it myself!"
"Oh no, you didn't! Would you knit this sweater for me, too?
I'd be happy to pay you!"
"Why thanks! Here is my card with a rundown of my prices!
Give me a call in a few days and we'll discuss your sweater!"[/COLOR]
What card? you ask. :??
The 3x5 card (in your purse) with your name and tel number on the front, and with your prices on the reverse side.
EXAMPLE of the reverse side:
[COLOR=Navy]Woman's Sizes 34-48 at the prices below:
Woman's Cardigan: $200 plus cost of yarn & buttons.
Woman's Pullover: $185 plus cost of yarn.
Woman's 3/4 Coat: $300 plus cost of yarn & buttons.
Woman's Tank Top or Shell: $100 plus cost of yarn.
Woman's Scarf: $85 plus cost of yarn.
Woman's Hat: $75 plus cost of yarn.
Some specialty knitted items: $50 per hour plus cost of all materials.
All hand knits must be pre-paid, with yarn in hand before measurements are taken and knitting begins. Specialty items at the hourly rate will require a non-refundable deposit of $500 for labor, with add'l draws when that's exhausted. Written estimates will be supplied prior to deposits.
No more dickering. No more hurt feelings. You can now say "YES! I'll knit it for you!"...and feel good about it, whether you get the job, or whether you never hear from her again! It's a win-win! :teehee:
PS: the prices for labor that I gave (as an example) are a bargain considering the hours you will knit! raise those prices if you want! you can never go up in price, but you can lower prices! if you get a string of customers who pass you around to knit for them, it would be hard to start raising prices, cuz they compare notes!