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Small’s, larges or jobs...

Postby whiskeymike » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:55 pm

Looking to increase sales and I’m curious if you guys are doing best with smalls, larges, or custom jobs. I’d categorize smalls as smaller items, say less than a $100-$150 could be art, functional,etc.. cut in quantities, larges might be bigger items like fire rings/BBQ, tools, etc.. and jobs would be custom jobs cut to order like parts for a farmer, signs or specific art for one time sale.

I have a day job so this is nights and weekends and trying to figure out if I should focus on making things in quantity, or things with more fab, or potentially custom work. Trying to balance profitability and labor related to working with customer, sales, etc...

So what’s working for you best?

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Re: Small’s, larges or jobs...

Postby Doc Hollywood » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:30 pm

I think your "smalls" are still on the big side. Smalls, are Non customization single layer single finish items, that you can make in batches with high efficiency. To me, these would be price anywhere from $25 and up to $100. I wont do a custom item under $75. Look at the stuff RedLine steel puts out, he's changing the price landscape of the cnc plasma business. He also does not do custom work anymore, he's a production shop.

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Re: Small’s, larges or jobs...

Postby Old Iron » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:42 am

Biggest issue with custom is, you spend most of your time with the customer designing. That part is hard to charge enough for.
I done a lot of custom signs when I started and have since quit.
Quantity items need an outlet to be profitable.
I seem to do better with production items from a customer that is on going. Try to find a company or person that will be a return customer for income and do customs in between production parts runs.
You can partner up with a person who deals in smalls too. You cut they sell, they will know your market.

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Re: Small’s, larges or jobs...

Postby abmetal » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:19 pm

Our money is in production parts. We do make some signs, etc., but that doesn't compare to the production end.

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Re: Small’s, larges or jobs...

Postby beefy » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:44 am

Old Iron wrote:Biggest issue with custom is, you spend most of your time with the customer designing. That part is hard to charge enough for.
I done a lot of custom signs when I started and have since quit.


Yep, I have little interest in dealing with CUSTOM-ERS (sorry, crap joke I know). It's amazing how many people expect you to put in a lot of time for free. And as I have experienced in business, when a customer knows they don't have to pay for something, they try and get more of it.

Personally I would just inform the customer the design time is chargeable too. There are many industries out there where the business is paid for their time and knowledge. Why should this one be any different.

Graphic designers, architects, interior designers, etc, etc all get paid for their design work only. So should we.
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Re: Small’s, larges or jobs...

Postby little blue choo » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:28 pm

Yes we should Beefy. and I DO!

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Re: Small’s, larges or jobs...

Postby KMcCurdy » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:00 pm

When I first started making custom items, I would not charge design time. Then you realize you have 4-5 hours of design time on a job that you are working on and never get paid for. I now charge for artwork and design at same rate as if I'm making their items.


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