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Posted on What do you charge per hour?

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#1 posted 03-31-2016 06:40 AM

The problem with charging a multiple of material cost is the client has control over your paycheck. If you give a price for a cocobolo table and the client freaks and changes the wood to walnut, they have reduced your salary and their cost but not your workload. (okay, it’s a little easier working with walnut but you get the point) I don’t do many woodworking commissions but I like Picciuto’s answer because it’s easier to estimate 1/2 day or a full day than to figure out it will take 11 hours. At some point your experience will allow you to be very specific I still like the day rate.

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