One of my professors in college gave us this little piece of advice for deciding what to charge for our design work. He said, “There are 3 variables to consider, time, quality, and price. Give the client two and keep one for yourself.” I have used this advice many times, so I thought it would be a good thing to pass it on. It has helped me say, “No”, to work that would have taken advantage of me. Personally, I always give the client quality. If they need something done fast, it will be more expensive. I have been thinking about how the three variables relate to all craftwork. If I use really inexpensive materials, I usually have to spend more time to make what I am working on look nice. On the other hand when I use the good stuff, I can usually make something that is both simple and elegant. One of my sewing students bought a remnant to save money. We spent a whole hour altering the pattern to fit around all the spots. I really don’t think she saved much money, since she was paying by the hour for a class.
Time, Quality, & Price