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Comment by Billie Wells on September 18, 2014 at 8:29am

Thanks Janise, That's great and very clear advice. Plus I net $25 more.

Comment by Janise Cookston on September 17, 2014 at 2:57pm

Hi Billie,

For my custom designed printed goods (usually invitations and photo Christmas cards) I charge double what it cost me to make/print. I then offer a 20% friends and family discount to people I know personally. This pricing structure has served me well for three years. Keeps my pricing competitive and allows me a decent amount of margin. Unlike you, however, I have never sold single pieces at a time (my minimum order is 25) so perhaps that warrants a higher markup.

So if I were in your shoes, given your existing pricing. I would charge him ($3.25 x 40) x 20% discount = $104.

I would recommend, even though you owe your landlord for utilities, actually charging him and exchanging money for the cards. It's a more professional transaction that way and helps keep you business books organized. Customers, even if they happen to be your landlord, will attach more value to your goods if your present them professionally and not just as a hobby that you trade for basic needs like utilities.

Comment by Billie Wells on September 17, 2014 at 10:56am

Hi Guys, I have a client wanted 40 of my homemade cards with one image. They cost 78cents each to make. I usually sell them for about $3.25 each. But these are easy to make. It's for my landlord, also a photographer, and what I do is get blank photo cards from AC Moore and print 4x6 at a local printer. Then a label for the back. I gave him one with the rent just for fun. My costs would be $25.

What should I charge for the set. I actually owe $71 for utilities due about now. We could even exchange. Here's the image which you all may have seen before.

Comment by Chris Callen on September 14, 2014 at 8:11am

That's great to hear Billie!  I "liked" your Facebook page.  

Comment by Billie Wells on September 10, 2014 at 10:39am

Hi Brad, that is really awesome. I love it!

Comment by Billie Wells on September 10, 2014 at 10:13am

Hi Guys, Dan issued a challenge in August - read something positive for 30 minutes each morning. And in six months our income will double.

I've been doing it for over a year - and what a difference. I feel different, things are happening. I am a better mom, a happier person doing more art. I just did a book I am getting ready to launch and just redid my art site.

I floundered for many years until I started doing this - and since I started it's not been all roses and sunshine. It's also taken me longer than six months. But life is soooo much better. I just got a text last night from my kiddo (a teen) saying how she loved me to the moon and back.

I want to create encouragement and support for each other as we do this. So I just created a facebook page where we can connect and help each other. We can help each other with resources. What are we reading or listening to, how is it changing us?

Okay here's the facebook page. I'm calling it the Good Morning Challenge

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Morning-Challenge/7861093981063...

Join in, let's go.

Comment by Brad Leslie on September 6, 2014 at 1:13pm

Howdy, all!  I know it's been a while since I've been on here, so I thought I'd pop my head in and say hey!

Just to show I'm keeping busy, I thought I'd share a piece I'm working on for my nephew; still a long way to go, but I'm liking how it's coming along:

Comment by David Weiss on August 30, 2014 at 7:53pm

Just finished a huge project I've been working on for months. It's been a lot of fun but I am glad to be moving on… Here is one of the five clips. PLease don't spread this around too much. It's really simple animation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-RQYKdXlA4

Comment by Melissa AuClair on August 30, 2014 at 6:33pm

Thank you so much Chris- the week flew by, I saw your comment earlier this week in my inbox but I kept forgetting to come on and say "thank you." I continue to be humbled and amazed at Dan's (and Deby's) generosity. Their generosity helps me to pay it forward to others.

Who's working on their art on our extra long weekend? I hope you all have some time to squeeze in some time with your writing or brushes or music- or spend time relaxing to return to it next week. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend :)

Comment by Chris Callen on August 25, 2014 at 7:03pm

Congrats on the book Melissa!  I heard Dan mention your name on the podcast. 

 
 
 

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