Friday, 10 June 2011

To charge or not to charge? Advice wanted!

 

As more people are getting to know I do “sewing”, I’ve had a few people ask me to do little bits of work for them.  Small things like let down hems in curtains, put new zips in things and take up jeans, you know what I mean, small, simple jobs that don’t cost me anything but time.

So far I’ve refused to charge for them, as each of the people are related to friends of mine, and I know them all personally.  However by not charging, they have all felt that they have to buy me something and have all bought me a box of chocolates to say thank you.  (Do you think they know me well???)  While choccies are delicious and very much appreciated, my dilemma is – Should I start to charge or not?  And if so, what price should I put on time?

What would you do?

Sally

xxx

4 comments:

  1. Tough spot to be in. If it's not too often I wouldn't charge. If you are doing alot of sewing/repairs for them (you have bags of things or at least 2x a week someone is dropping something off to be fixed) then I would say yes, charge. You run a shop and the more you are fixing/repairing for them it really is taking time away from your business in the long run.

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  2. Oh dear...definitely dilema! Maybe you could ask for a gift card to your favorite quilting shop? =) I'm not good with charging either...I like to help people when I can. Thankfully, they don't usually reciprocate in chocolate. =)

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  3. It is always a dilema this one. I like the suggestion from AMKreations. A gift card is nice to get.

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  4. Thanks for your comments and advice. I think you're right, I'll only start charging if I keep getting asked & then I'll ask for a gift card as at least I'll spend the voucher on ME!
    Sally
    xxx

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