> Den 20. maj 2020 kl. 23.53 skrev Rosemary <rosemary.brow...@gmail.com>: > > Would anyone happen to have an idea on what to charge either in an hourly > rate or per model for our origami services. I have been asked to fold 44 > Lions? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated. A good question without a definite answer.
You might get more accurate input from other people living in British Columbia. I am based in Denmark, but here are some of the considerations I have, even if it may just leave you more confused. On the one hand, you not want to undersell yourself nor origami as an art nor your origami colleague.. On the other hand, you really want to do it, for honour, income or whatever, and will be disappointed it it fails because you charged a bit too much. Personally, I have provided the paper, design, folding, and even delivery and teaching for free (mostly with friends or charity), and I have been paid twice my work hourly rate for design jobs, which is decent but still less that what my company charges when they hire me out as a consultant. Remember, that price should cover rent, heat, light, secretary, advertisement, tools, pc, idle time, time spent learning and becoming better at folding, etc. I haven't really tried selling origami as work of arts, but looking at Etsy.com is depressing: There is no way I could sell for those prices and make a living. Clearly one will need more exclusive channels of selling origami. Some factors I consider when quoting a price: * Is it design/art or is a plain fold/teach job? * Is it an event where they expect to pay performers? Such as libraries at published events, or commercial venues, or private companies. If so, is there any indication of the price level? Other events are voluntary community events (quite suitable for your local origami group to meet and demonstrate your skills) or charity like entertaining at the local hospital (but beware; you may end up underselling the hired hospital clowns). * Are you an expert or a beginner? * What type of event/commission is it? Charity? Community? Private company for advertisement? * How much do you want to make it? Most of us really want to try such things. Very few will have the option to prune the number of jobs by charging increasingly higher prices. * Economic level of your region. Pretty sure New York is more expensive than a village in Kazakhstan. * Is it your income or a hobby. I have a full-time income above average and do not need the extra income. However, I do not want to undersell other artists, and most people will take you more serious if you charge what you are worth. * How much do comparable events charge? Origami artists and performers do not only compete with other origami performers; in all likelihood they are rare. Rather, you compete with other crafts and other entertainments. * What is your gut feel for how much they a willing to pay? Some comparisons you can make: * What is your hourly rate at your job? All included: your employer may pay part of the taxes, insurances, or pension; you need to include that. At hobby level, you do not need to include other work expenses mentioned above. * How much does a movie ticket cost? For entertainment, that is one of the choices you compete with. So teaching 10 people a two hour workshop, you should be able to charge 10 x movie price. * Similarly, what do public craft courses charge? * Some, like public libraries, provide fairly standard fees. What are those? * Do you have colleagues/friends who do similar stuff? * How much do artists make for an event? Musicians? Authors (giving talks)? My union has a list of recommended fees for giving a talk etc. * How much do artists make for a work of art? Paintings? Music pieces? Novella? 2000 words for a news paper? Photos? Best regards and good luck, Hans