Friday, November 26, 2010

Pricing your handmade stuff

OK, this is continuing from the previous entry. I made some reading (@ craftMBA, ScoutieGirl, MARSdorian, ittybiz.com) and this is what I can concluded on how to put the price on your stuff.

Previously I said there are two ways:
1.follow the market
2.count every single affort you put on your stuff.
This is the exact rule. But what is the most important thing on selling stuff is to

MAKE PROFIT

Nobody wanting to sell items, where you put 100% of your energy / time on it, and later to suffer loss.

So, how to make profit:
1)If you doing your business seriously and wanted to chase for the wholesale market, BUY your raw material wholesale. You'll get raw at cheap price and now you can make profit out of your selling item. But remember, buying wholesale meaning you will get like a dozen meter of same fabrics or 1000pieces of same type of buttons. So, make sure the whole thing is no joke or you'll ended with no space to walk in your own house.
2)If you just making your business for spare time, buying your raw material in retail store is sufficient enough.

How to charge for an item:
The simple calculation is:
Raw items (fabrics + zipper + buttons + etc) + man power (how good is you) + time consume (how easy/hard to make the stuff) = You get the price

eg:
(Fabric: rm5 + zipper: rm2 + buttons: rm3 + thread: rm1) + rm5 + rm5 = rm20
(this is an average price for making a simple pencil case/ clutch)

OK, I hope this help. If you still uncertainty on how to put price for your items, listened to Rule#1: follow what other people are offering but make sure you're making the profits. It is good to be as same as other people, rather than being too cheap. People will start to query your product quality, and at the same time you're killing your own business (later how to survive if not making profit???).

:)


7 comments:

  1. salam,

    true enough. thanks for sharing.

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  2. very useful tips.. thanks for sharing.. :)

    p/s: saya belum pernah jual apa2 lagi.. hehe.. :D

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  3. i love this entry. the example make it easier to understand. thanks a lot! :)

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  4. welcome guys. glad it helps. :)

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  5. Kak Neeza, mcm nak tambah cuti je ni.. >_<

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  6. Yus, dapatkan scheme 3bln cuti gaji penuh tu.. grab d chance la.. heheheh

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  7. good info... same as mamadaniel.. tak jual apa2 pon lg hihih, banyak bg as gift to people around me jer. bukan apa, bila 1st or 2nd time buat, mcm tak sampai hati nak jual, kualiti tak meet std.. kalau turunkan harga kang, org expect that is our price forever :)

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