So, I had been commissioned for some hats. Nothing major, nothing super hard or fancy. Well, once I sent the final bill to the client, they gawked. The rate didn't change, but the time had. In order to give the client what they wanted, the time was needed. They were none to happy about it. So now, I have 5 hats and the little bit of cash they gave up front. At least I got that!
Here are some lessons that I learned. Number 1, it really is true that no one will pay you what a handmade item is worth. No matter what they say. I had said this before, but this client gave me a glimmer of hope. It wasn't hope...it was wishful thinking. It really is out of their budget, unless they're Warren Buffet, and then he's not going to pay because he could get it off Etsy for $30. Number 2, do the work for yourself and those you love. It truly is a labor of love, and it should go to those who appreciate it. Number 3, I have more time to work on patterns than I thought I did. No, really - I typed up 2 patterns pretty quickly and edited them (like in about 2 hours each, or less). So, they are going on Ravelry. Once I get them up, I'll post a link. It's amazing how quickly you can write up a pattern in comparison to making an object. So, if I have a design idea - write it up, have a test group knit or crochet it up, take down their notes, and post it. That can go a lot faster than doing it yourself. Ever experience something like this? How did you handle it?