Follow Us on Facebook

Get updates from FaveCrafts.com posted directly to your News Feed.

Free Offer
24 Simple Scrapbooking Layouts

This eBook provides you with 24 great scrapbook pages and layouts including pages for great family memories, fun summer days, special moments and much more.

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

(3)

Toil and Labor A Fair Wage

By:

I’m not talking about birthing a baby when I talk about labor -- I am talking about how much one earns for their work. Craft professionals labor in many areas from teaching and demonstrating to crafting and designing projects. Each of these areas have different labor considerations. To start off this discussion about labor, I’m going to cover the basic hourly income.

I’m sure most of us would love to earn $50, $100, or even $1,000 per hour, but we need to be practical and realistic when we consider our hourly wage. The Federal Minimum Wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour as of 2009. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics those of us in the Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations average between $13.92-15.90 an hour. Specialty floral designers average $12 per hour, graphic artists average $23 per hour, writers average $21 per hour, and photographers average $18 per hour.

When you start out, it’s rare that you will be paid top dollar when selling product or services. Over time -- as your skill, reputation, and body of work expand -- you can begin to move your prices higher. I started consulting just over 8 years ago with a starting hourly fee of $20 and raised that fee to $30-50. I just got a note from my accountant to raise that fee considerably. I do consider my Market, as I discussed in the Pricing for your Market article -- I tend to like to work with small manufacturers who don’t have the budgets of bigger companies. Thus my fees tend to stay on the conservative side.

We do deserve to get paid a fair wage or fee for our work. We don’t often get the same respect for our work as a doctor, lawyer or even the local big-box employee, but we need to set labor costs and not give our labor away for free. We just need to be realistic.

 

Your Recently Viewed Projects
Love these projects? Get MORE delivered to your Inbox – FREE Click Here!

All fields required.

Rate & Comment

I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.
Cancel Reply to Comment

Newsletter Signup

Free Newsletter!

Discover crafting projects, free patterns, tips and special offers. Get free craft projects, how-to crafting tutorials & product reviews.

Please Wait

Thanks for signing up

Sorry, we could not sign you up.

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts

 

Connect with Us

Find us online

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Blog
  • Email
  • RSS

1

© Copyright 2014 Prime Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

www.favecrafts.com

close

Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.

Was This Helpful?YesNo