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 91 
 : September 29, 2017, 08:58:44 AM 
65Buick - kodydog
Most customers haven't a clue when they ask for a quote. They may have a price in their head or they may compare with new furniture. We lose more jobs than we get. It's all part of the business.

 92 
 : September 28, 2017, 05:56:57 PM 
65Buick - 65Buick
It definitely was a learning experience. I've probably lost that job. Next up a job has been revised from bidding to a set price. That will be easy; yes or no.

 93 
 : September 28, 2017, 05:45:52 PM 
65Buick - kodydog
I was at a yard sale sponsored by the Boy Scouts. I saw an old beat up table some one had spilt paint on. I figured I could use it, perhaps for a work bench. So I asked the guy in charge how much he was asking. He said make me an offer. I hate when people say that so I always start by offering low, like $10. The guy said its worth a lot more than that and walked away. No counter offer. My point is always tell them the amount you need and let them counter, accept or walk away. We have had many customers who thought about it for a while and called us back.

A price list is something you never stop updating and revising. Roses first price list was a yardage list similar to the one on this page. She added prices to it. Over the years it has grown to 5 pages.
https://www.totofabrics.com/pages/upholstery-yardage-estimate-guiden

 94 
 : September 27, 2017, 05:38:31 PM 
65Buick - brmax
Try to develop a pattern to your initial guestimate. I have listened here for a spell and with that have made a paper or item list. This seems to bolster my homework for the estimate. I think i can say the products are very similar priced for any here ordering, if they are holding an account with the supplier. In that the product price could be used, the labor cost should be similar also yet my time may be twice of another. So thats just training and have to deal with it. So the key is getting prices of pros here and your area.
If your workshop studio is a corner on the fancy NewYork bldg. great for you, its the same location as the guy or gal on the 1st floor. Don't sweat that thought process, some locations have different rules, just work within them.

Floyd

ps  take your time finalizing the estimate, next day is perfectly fine at a minimum imo.

 95 
 : September 27, 2017, 05:05:10 PM 
65Buick - 65Buick
Thanks for the help guys.
In retrospect I never should have asked. I should have told.

 96 
 : September 27, 2017, 04:00:40 PM 
65Buick - sofadoc
Some of the most profitable jobs you'll ever get are the ones you don't get.

I want to get a fair compensation but not scare them away.
On the other hand, you don't want customers lined up around the block either. If they are, you're gettin' played.

 97 
 : September 27, 2017, 02:22:10 PM 
65Buick - MinUph
65,
  You must I sat MUST be able to price your work. Even if it's wrong its your price. I have customers that feel they should have a chair reupholstered for $50.00 when my price would be a grand. Customers either dont know or will low ball it. So it is up to you to figure out.
How much will you spend on supplies, fabric, etc. How long will it take. How much overhead do you have to operate. Add all this and add a little more for profit to get your price. Like I said you MUST do this or your never going to know. Guesstimate at first and adjust later if you have to.
  You seem to know what you wanted. Go for it. You will either get the workor not. If you loose more than you get lower your price to see if it changes. But realize some will always think your crazy with the price.

 98 
 : September 27, 2017, 01:14:37 PM 
65Buick - 65Buick
I think I made a mistake: The rundown here is that I do not rent a shop. I go find work and do it that way, or upholster pieces I find and sell them.

Customer sends photo. I knew appx what I wanted, but instead asked how much they wanted done for. I basically too low, but let's talk.

This to me is one of the hardest things. I want to get a fair compensation but not scare them away.

 99 
 : September 25, 2017, 01:47:17 PM 
65Buick - 65Buick
Paul - I know. It did look like a decent one so I was interested. I think you're right about walking away from this one though.

Sofa: Thank you for the offer.

For now I'm not desperate and my little turkey knife will be ok til I can find a good saw with a foot and all.

______

That Bosch sold for $300 on ebay, even with the missing blade guide.

 100 
 : September 25, 2017, 01:29:27 PM 
65Buick - sofadoc
If you decide to take a chance on that one, I have an extra 8" blade guide and blades (used) that I can send you. The ones in the ebay pic appear to be 8" also.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/gC6It0MTxYiWT3fF2

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