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has anyone built for other people? how much did you charge for the work?
So, as the title indicates I have a opportunity to build sets for someone else, these are old sets unsorted and mixed together, they also want them glued (they want to just spray glue things, but I'm not sure that will give them what they want) so I'm wondering aside from costs for glue, what should I charge for the work? I don't yet know the number of sets involved or even if they can all be completely built from the parts being supplied. I'll know more in a few days. but I'd like to have a rough baseline for negotiating a price.
have you done something like this? how much did you charge per hour, or total (if total please detail what was done) Thanks in advance.
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When you present your estimate to the client, focus on the time it will take and charge something very basic and reasonable like $10 an hour and tell them how many hours you think it will take. If halfway through you realize it will take much longer, make sure you discuss it with them, but try to avoid this as much as possible. Better to overestimate at the beginning, then way under estimate and have to raise prices later. This will be a learning process the first time around, so be fair to yourself and the client.
After a few projects you should get pretty good at estimating. Also, include the cost of any supplies, travel, or whatever it takes either as part of your hourly fee, or separately. Make sure all is clear from the very beginning. In my case, when I travel to other cities, transportation is covered by the client (they reimburse my airline ticket), and I pay for my own art supplies. If something major is needed outside the basics that is discovered during working on the project, they pay for it as extra. This is very rare though as I always ask for pictures before committing to a project and I know what needs to be done, and I include everything in my fees. Clients ALWAYS underestimate what needs to be done. Just keep that in mind. ;)
Time yourself during the project so you know how long it takes. This will help in pricing future projects like this. I do week-long projects working 10 hours a day, and because I have always timed myself down to the minute I can give a very accurate estimate. Make sure when you work, you work. No distractions, spacing out, or multitasking with unrelated stuff. Work like a professional and you will get more opportunities. Once you have 2-3 projects under your belt and have references, you can raise your fees.
One word of advice when negotiation your fees. Don't just say, this project will cost you $1,000. People will say, that's too much because all they see is a big number. Instead, break it down for them, kind of how house or car repair people do. This is all the work I will need to do for you, this is what I will need to get in the form of supplies, this is how many hours it will take to do this, this is how much I charge per hour for the work, write it all out, and add it all up. Once it is presented that way, they will see the price as reasonable. Again, work like a professional, and they will treat you like a professional. Both you and the client will be happy, and you can continue doing fun projects like this without selling yourself short. :)
so for anyone else who finds a job offer like this my immediate advice is to iron out all of the sets involved before settling on a price, I based my price on the size of the bins so I think I am still ok. also helps that a few sets are 90% complete, so all I have to do on those is glue them (and finish the little details that have fallen off.
that set is in the bins, but was told not to worry about Lego Movie sets. as for other sets, its almost all of the DC sets, and Large Number of Avengers / Marvel sets.