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Old 01-22-2015, 06:08 PM
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I agree with what everybody has said..

In truth it comes down to what I feel my time is worth..

I haven't once charged what my time is truly worth in 35years of working for myself.. So what does that say about self esteem and what true worth is..

I have on a time or 2 been given a tip and this makes the job all worth it.. Especially with quality work..
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Thanks all for the input. I gave him the full hours and I got a $50 tip
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Seems like it's usually not the one you worry about that bites.
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Seems like it's usually not the one you worry about that bites.
Yea, it is the ones that want it fixed, when it is cheaper to buy new.
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:40 AM
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One off jobs are tough. I don't do this kind of stuff for a living. I have built a lot of stuff for my motorcycles and have had many people ask me about building some custom part for them. The first ones take time because I basically design as I go. Once the first one is done I can set up an assembly line type of production and knock them out cheap. I did this with dirt bike stands during my hare scramble days. Would build 10 at a time and sell them cheap and cover my racing expenses.

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Old 01-26-2015, 03:20 PM
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I usually knock some of the price because I moven a little slower these days and wife says I am crazy. So from now on I am gonna charge for all my honest hours. I guess my question is does this job look like 11 hrs? If I had it to do again I could easily do it in 6 to 8 hr after all the head scratching is done.
I can't comment on the crazy part, but here's something to keep in mind. Even though you aren't moving as fast as when you were 20, you are most likely moving much more efficiently. My guess is that this job was completed in somewhat less time than your 20 year old self could have done it and with much more pleasing results.

In the future, don't be bashful about charging for your time. You've earned it. All your years of experience have value that you should be compensated for. With that said, the way I've found to avoid the problem is to only work for myself and my close friends and don't charge for any of it. I just tell anyone that asks if I'm still doing custom work for hire that I don't even have the time to get my own stuff done.... and it's pretty much true.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:05 PM
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I can't comment on the crazy part, but here's something to keep in mind. Even though you aren't moving as fast as when you were 20, you are most likely moving much more efficiently. My guess is that this job was completed in somewhat less time than your 20 year old self could have done it and with much more pleasing results.

In the future, don't be bashful about charging for your time. You've earned it. All your years of experience have value that you should be compensated for. With that said, the way I've found to avoid the problem is to only work for myself and my close friends and don't charge for any of it. I just tell anyone that asks if I'm still doing custom work for hire that I don't even have the time to get my own stuff done.... and it's pretty much true.
Well said.
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