Crafts festivals: Pricing – FineWoodworking


In the present day, we’re speaking about pricing your items. This is among the most difficult components of the enterprise and what I’m about to share will not be the key formulation you’ve been hoping for. It’s simply what I’ve realized and what I feel is useful for individuals to know.

When individuals are simply getting began, they’re usually desperate to promote their wares and generally value issues decrease than common to draw gross sales. Moreover, I’ve heard individuals say they’ve a job and don’t want the cash from the gross sales, so that they mark their merchandise decrease. Whereas I see their perspective right here, I discourage individuals from doing this, largely as a result of pricing your merchandise decrease for both of those two causes artificially decreases market costs/buyer expectations for individuals in your space who’re making an attempt to make a dwelling. At a bigger degree, it devalues the inherent value of handmade/craft gadgets in a world the place that view is already too frequent.

How I take into consideration pricing items

Basically, I must cowl supplies (together with packaging and consumables reminiscent of sandpaper, glue, end, and so on.), my very own wages, the wages of my contractors, and put on and tear on my gear. The value ought to embody not solely these variables, but additionally revenue to cowl overhead (hire, fuel, property/legal responsibility insurance coverage, employee’s comp insurance coverage, and so on.) and future investments. Now, in the event you’re doing this on the aspect out of your basement/storage and have little or no overhead, that may be a aggressive benefit and help you have decrease costs. Equally, in the event you hire a bigger area and have bigger gear, you may make extra issues sooner (probably) and equally decrease prices in that manner. You’ll need to do the mathematics for your self.

Let me stroll via the pricing of one in all my hottest gadgets: the DC flag coaster. These coasters promote for $25 per pair.

Wooden coasters by Adam Godet, emblazoned with stars


Every coaster is about 3-1/12 in. sq. by 3/8 in. thick. They’re offered in pairs so we’re about 1/10 of a board foot per pair. The wooden is a mix of cherry and walnut, so we’ll common it out at round $10/board ft. That involves $1 in wooden. The tags I exploit price about 15 centseach. Cork ft come to about 11 cents per pair. I spray lacquer on the coasters. The product I exploit prices $72/gallon. I do a batch of 100 pairs of coasters at a time and use about 75% of a gallon for that batch. That involves about 54 cents per pair in end. Add about 1 cent in string for packaging. Our whole on uncooked supplies involves $2.22. Up to now, issues are wanting fairly profitable, proper? Let’s hold going.

Every batch of 100 coasters takes roughly 10-12 hours to finish, together with end. Packaging might be one other two hours. We will safely add in one other hour or two of incidentals (searching for the tape measure/ router bit, cleansing up, and so on.) I invoice out my time at $80/hour (extra on that), so we’re 15 hours for 100 pairs of coasters. That involves $1200, or $12/pair of coasters. So, our whole price per pair of coasters is at $14.22.

Doing the mathematics

Calculating overhead into the value of a product is difficult, however let’s go forward and wade in there a bit, we could? I hire area in a shared store. This offers me entry to fantastic instruments, reminiscent of a large belt sander, a sprig sales space, and a sliding tablesaw, and so on. My hire is a really affordable $600/month. If I did nothing however make coasters for 2 days straight, and assume that I work a typical 5 day work week, 4 weeks/month, I’ve used 10% of my month on 100 pairs of coasters. In order that’s $60, or 60 cents per pair. By the point we add in issues like glue and sandpaper, we’re simply over $15/pair in prices alone. And we haven’t thought of issues like sales space charges, and so on. This doesn’t take into consideration the entire time it took to design the product and the method to make them this rapidly and reliably nicely.

Again to the pay price. Does $80/hour look like a excessive price to you? Possibly greater than you had been anticipating? A part of that calculation is that on this enterprise, you do lots of work that’s not paid. When I’m designing a undertaking or doing my bookkeeping or making a jig or cleansing my store, sustaining a device, I’m not actively getting paid for that work. There’s lots of time that goes into operating a enterprise by which you’re probably not “billing” anybody or getting cash. So once you’re determining your price, you should account for that. Belief me, I don’t make $160,000/yr. Not even shut.

Weigh your choices

You additionally want to determine if making any explicit merchandise is sensible. If there was one other individual on the town right here promoting one thing very comparable for much much less, I’d not hassle competing with them. Or, I’d make fewer however attempt to make them larger high quality. These are all concerns, a few of that are fully outdoors of my management.

For those who’re not making an attempt to make a dwelling and simply making an attempt to promote just a few issues and have a very good time, I like to recommend merely going to some reveals in your space, see what comparable gadgets are promoting for, after which attempt to be in that neighborhood if that is sensible for you.

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