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#1 posted 12-07-2017 06:46 PM

I wouldn’t do it. But if you decide to do this, make sure you get something out of it even if nothing sells.

That is, work on getting some free exposure for you work. Make sure that your business advertising is prominently displayed with the work. This would include business cards and maybe a flyer showing the type of work that you do. I would also advertise (in the house) that this piece is for sale separately and display the price on the piece and that a similar piece can be custom built to fit in their house if they like this piece but want something specific (wood type, different size, etc).

I also like Rick’s idea mentioned above that they need to give you some other paid work (like the built-ins, closets, etc). If they are not willing to give you that work (at your full rate), then they just want to use you for free.

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