Tuesday, October 11, 2011
What is your time worth?
She asked if I'd set my prices yet. I'm pretty much there, but I don't like discussing it with co-workers unless we're actually negotiating over me doing some sewing for them, which rarely happens. I said that I hadn't.
She closed her eyes and thought. "I'd pay $15 for that. Maybe even $18. It's really cute."
This from a woman who keeps telling me I should quit my job and sew for a living.
I point this out. I tell her that the dress took about 2 hours to complete, including the hand sewing, and that there were costs for fabric, trim, thread, and wear and tear on my machine. And, most importantly, my time.
"I'd be making less than minimum wage if I asked $18 for this dress," I told her.
"But I can get the same thing at Gymboree on clearance for $10," she said.
And there you have it, folks. Why most of us who sew constantly, think about it obsessively, and work a non-creative 9:00 - 5:00 job will NEVER sew for a living.