How much should I charge?

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by Semi-Anonymous » Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:03 pm

Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2003 @ 8:45:00 PMI don’t know…If you have a good design you are confident that your capable of executing pretty quickly, as a beginner I recommend that you figure how long it should take you and shoot for $15.00 to $50.00 per hour. Here is my best shot, ASK THE MANAGER what their budget is, if they know you are new and like your design ideas they will let you know what they usually pay for a certain amount of IMPACT, they’ll walk around and point to all the windows they usually have painted, tell you how complex they are done and what they expect to pay for it. Experienced managers and shop owners will be your best allies, you may also speak to managers whose windows are painted and ask them what it cost, let them know why your asking and I’m sure most of them will be very happy to tell you, in fact I am sure they will tell you a lot of things to your advantage!Charge what you want to charge, if you think you should charge $10.00 for an hours work then charge that, I have made $10.00 an hour before painting windows with complications (usually my design idea) but I’ve also made $50.00 in thirty minutes consistently and I imagine that’s pretty common. We are talking decorative window painting, if I can paint my frost and scroll in white that’s an easy $50.00 at least in thirty minutes, if I add gold to it takes me twice as long… I have to go back over the entire area. I have met a few signage pros that travel the country in R.V.’s or buses and I’ll bet make up to $250.00 an hour painting time because they are so practiced and perfect! Thank you Petals again for writing.Best wishes, your Librarian --Kathy--
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by Semi-Anonymous » Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:03 pm

Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 @ 6:42:00 AMThank you so much for your help (AGAIN)I did end up reading the answers to my questions after I posted them (of course)But I still didn't know what to charge but now I do. This is a great site!Happy Painting!Suzanne

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by Semi-Anonymous » Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:03 pm

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 @ 6:45:33 AMAfter over 20 years of painting seasonal and permanent windows (i.e. holiday windows with ribbons and decorations and snow-covered boughs and snowpersons and Happy Holidays wording, or hearts/flowers/pumpkins/whatever, I still get tripped up on quoting price. Merchants get this look of pain when negotiating price, I feel sorry for them, and this is ridiculous, as they certainly don't bargain on their own products which have price tags on them, right? So, the issue is really one of speed-- the same cute heart or bunny or wording (permanent or not) will still look as cute, if you take an hour or eight hours to do it, if it turns out the same. Speed does come with practice and experience-- I just wind up underestimating most of the time, how much time it will take to achieve my own standard of quality, as I do want to maintain my community image. I have a great portfolio, and it pays off to get more jobs. So, to be truthful, while sometimes you can get that $100/hour rate of speed going, it's really more like $50 when you're trying to be zipping along, and $25/$20/even less when you're just going along in a relaxed, dreamy manner. Hey, think of it like meditating in the right side of your brain, having a wonderful time outdoors, and getting paid for that. WindowGal

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