Group Commission Pricing
I'm a bit frazzled. Someone sent me a message on my FB page asking for a price quote on a group of Flinstone costumes. But gave me no specifcs. I have no idea how many costumes they want made, what costumes they want made, what sizes they need or when they need it done by.
So I responded back with these questions and let them know that that affects the price. Generally I charge cost of materials X3 but I'm wondering if a flat rate price would work better or an hourly cost? Any suggestions from anyone else who makes costumes for extra income?
If they're expecting unique, tailored costumes, then an hourly rate should be factored in as well as the usual cost. I'm going into costuming after I graduate and so far everyone I've talked to in the industry has told me they either charge an hourly rate or per fitting. Personally I prefer an hourly rate for anything elaborate, plus cost of materials x3. Once I work up an estimate I ask for the cost of materials as a down payment just in case they change their mind, and let them know that if any changes need to be made (like they decide they want an extra detail added in, or they want some sort of accessory to go with the costume) that that will affect the final cost. So far that's been working for me.
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