(Closed) How much should I charge my friend for his hand-made coat?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@clumsylawyer:  I would feel weird charging a friend anything beyond the materials, but that’s just me.  What if you charge the materials and then tell him he can take you out to dinner at __________ or you could barter if he has some skill you could use?

Post # 4
4650 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Whatever the materials cost plus a little extra.  My brothers commissioned a friend of ours to do a painting for my other brothers birthday.  She said just the materials but it was really awkward.  He gave her a bit more in the end, but probably not nearly enough to cover how long she spent on it.

Post # 5
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I feel like if you are asked/commissioned to make something you should be able to charge a resonable amount and not feel like you should be giving it away. If you offered to do it, that would be different, in my opinion.

I would let him know what you would typically charge for it, if you were to sell it to anyone else, and let him know how much just the materials cost. That would at least open up the conversation and hopefully he would be willing to pay you a decent amount.

Post # 6
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

People don’t realize that custom work and comissions take TIME. Some costumers I know charge $10/hr, and that’s on the low side. I get that he’s your friend, but it all comes down to a) how much do you value your time, b) how soon does he want it, and c) are you willing to work for free?

I would charge at least $5/hr for each hour you work on it.

Post # 7
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think you should really evaluate how long you think it’ll take, and let him know the total when you give him an estimate.  He may not realize that making a custom coat takes so long.

As for what you would charge, either work out an hourly rate and then multiply by how long you think it’ll take, or charge the equivalent of a similar coat’s retail price.  Custom coats are EXPENSIVE so either way he’s getting a great deal.

PS good for you for working out a price beforehand rather than having a nice awkward situation down the road.

Post # 9
2486 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

How much did you end up charging him?

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