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  1. Petra
    April 24, 2013

    I never thought about crochet being a piece work job. Thanks for that!
    My pricing ‘formula’ is a mixture. Firstly, I accept that in business in general you make more profit on some items than you do on others. This means that in crochet business I will spend more time on some projects and take a smaller profit or even a small loss but make up for it with other projects that give me a greater profit.

    Then I ask myself what I would pay for an item like this. I ask this before figuring my costs out so that it’s a fairly unbiased amount. Then I work out my costs (including my wage) and compare it to how much I would pay. If this is a good profit, Im happy. If not, I look at my expectations and see if my costs are ok.
    Then I compare my costs and price with other items. I don’t find Etsy a very good comparison for selling crochet in my area so I rarely use that as a guide. I do ask friends I trust (other traders usually) what they would pay.
    Hmm.. Looks like I’m gonna be writing a post of my own on this subject, lol.

    • Sara Duggan
      June 4, 2013

      Petra, I didn’t think of it that way either until I started following the work of Krochet Kids. They hire workers in Uganda to make their hats. I guess it is the same as paying someone per hat made.

      Pricing crochet can get a little tricky as we feel that we shouldn’t charge what we are worth. We need to stop that because we are only hurting ourselves. As long as we under price our work we will never have thriving businesses.

      Sedie of yarnobsession.com has a book on pricing crochet and various formulas you can use to get paid and have a profit.

  2. (e)luvalatte
    June 30, 2013

    Interesting blog :) One of the woman’s homeless shelters down here in Atlanta loans out crochet needles and gives yarn away.

    • Sara Duggan
      June 30, 2013

      I’ve heard of programs similar to this. It helps heal people and it gives a sense of accomplishment when you complete a hat or scarf.

  3. kathy gregory
    January 18, 2014

    Want to buy crochet baby blanket don’t no how much to pay her.?

    • Momwithahook
      January 19, 2014

      Kathy, here is a little price estimator that she can use http://craftscalculator.com. She can enter the hours she worked on your blanket, here expertise, as well as how much profit she’d like.

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