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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What to charge for sewing gigs?? on: February 04, 2015 06:51:46 AM
When you're inexperienced, everything takes longer. That means custom work is typically always going to be more time expensive because you're approaching a job without "experience" of having done that particular job before. However, you can't charge people for your inexperience no matter how much time you spend on a project. If you don't want people to drop you at the end of a project or get a bad reputation, you have to give them a very good estimate up front so there aren't nasty surprises for them or for you.

The more projects you do, the more opportunities you'll have to figure out how to cut your time down. That's true with any craft, business, or job. Meanwhile, if you're able to figure your materials costs, charge for that plus whatever you think you can live with to get the project out the door. Maybe create a few different levels of project pricing based on the amount of detail in any particular project - increments of $10-25 for example. Once you get that established, stick to it - otherwise, you're back doubting yourself again.

22  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Would love to get some feedback on: January 29, 2015 08:00:54 AM
Facebook has changed over time. Only a fraction of your followers are even seeing your posts. You would have to pay FB to get better results.
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need opinions on: January 20, 2015 08:13:31 AM
Sorry, it looks like a site that I would be afraid to click anything on. I feel a virus is just waiting to happen to me. Therefore, I did not click.
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Check out our new site! on: January 20, 2015 08:11:06 AM
Just a note that you should update that video with the new bins and a more non-holiday related theme.
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Not A Business, Just a Blog on: January 20, 2015 08:05:13 AM
As far as finding blogs people actually read, probably a blog ranking site would be a good start http://www.blogmetrics.org/crafts

One thing about good craft blogs is that there are tutorials galore. Tutorials are very, very tedious to put together. However, if you want to rank, you have to do it.

Another way to do it is just to become a referral/resource site (a corresponding pinterest and/or tumblr would work well there). You could link to other sites that have the tutorials you like. I would put "with free tutorial" somewhere in the title of each post so folks can easily spot them when browsing.
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do you charge your friends for commissioned gifts for others? on: December 06, 2014 05:49:31 AM
It has happened to me quite a few times that people come up to me with their repair work "because I like sewing and the tailor shop is asking $15".

That kind of person doesn't deserve my help - whatever someone else would charge 'em, I'd triple it!  Wink
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do you charge your friends for commissioned gifts for others? on: December 02, 2014 02:38:01 PM
Well, if making stuff isn't a "business" with you, just to keep it real, ask for $10 plus materials, or round it out. Nobody's going to squawk over $10 and that way you're not totally being taken advantage of (a little bit taken advantage of... yes.). You're not responsible to play the part of Lady Bountiful to friends-of-friends.
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: We're doing a Holiday themed craft box! on: November 19, 2014 04:11:35 AM
"...First, we love trying new craft projects, but dislike having to always buy a bunch of stuff to see if we'll enjoy our new project or not..."

So you do what, have other people buy it for you?

Yes, that wording is a bit... off. I think what you mean to say is that if YOU buy our box, then YOU don't have to buy a bunch of stuff just to see if you'll enjoy a new project or not.
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cutting layout for quarter circle skirt? on: November 12, 2014 03:57:23 AM
You could sew a couple 60-inchers together to get 120, then you could make a full circle, yes? It would be less work than sewing multiple panels together.
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Appropriate Knit for Circle Skirt? on: November 06, 2014 04:15:38 AM
If you have a local store that sells fabric, go on in and familiarize yourself with the different fabrics, blends, feel, and drape. Take notes! I personally like polyester blends for circle skirts - NO IRONING (that's a lot of fabric, indeed!) and the drape is nice.
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