I have made mistakes in pricing things, and ended up barely covering the cost of materials. Or I did make some money, but averaging it out over the length of the project brought my 'hourly wage' to about $1 an hour. The standard contracting price is cost of materials times three. But in the case of thread crochet work, my material cost can really be only a few dollars, but the time factor can be enormous. So I have come up with my own little bit of a formula by keeping careful records of how long pieces take to finish and multiplying that by what I think is a reasonable hourly rate.
What is that reasonable hourly rate? Well, that is for each craft-artist to decide for herself what she feels comfortable with. Are you going to feel taken advantage of if a project ends up only earning you $1 an hour after taking out the cost of supplies? Is the non-crafting public going to agree your time is worth $10 an hour? Or maybe is the answer for you somewhere in between those 2 points
Crocheting and crafting is just a part of who I am. I crochet because I can't imagine NOT crocheting. It is energizing to me- I get a real charge out of watching lifeless bits of string turn into something amazing. It is challenging- learning new things every time I look through Pinterest or Facebook. And it is comforting- there is a soothing peacefulness to the repetition which literally has made my eyelids heavy with sleep on occasion! If you craft because you just can't help yourself, then charging for the supplies, the postage, a bit extra to buy MORE craft stuff, and maybe enough to treat yourself to a cup of coffee and a muffin (well, and maybe a sandwich for lunch too, with ice cream for dessert) might just be enough to make your day! If you are trying to earn a living at your art, well, that's a different animal altogether, which I am not able to address because I honestly have no clue!
Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated- thanks for dropping in to visit. Next time I'll try to have some molasses cake on hand.
Peace, love, and crochet! ~Cara Louise
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