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Your thoughts on "how much to charge" for potting up trees.

Post  Todd Ellis on Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:51 am

I have been asked to pot up some maples and perform some basic styling of nursery grown Japanese maples. This is for a local garden center and antique store. I am wondering how much to charge for this service. I will be providing soil and wire and time and artistic vision. I have a good idea on what to charge for pots; if I use my own containers. What would you charge for soil, wire, time, travel (petrol) and vision? Please share your thoughts. Thank you.
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Post  RKatzin on Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:52 pm

Hi Todd, for soil, wire, time ect, about ten bucks. For artistic vision, priceless, you can't charge too much or be paid enough for what's inside your mind. I know you have to draw a line somewhere between what you're worth and what the road will bear. I also make hand carved walking sticks. Takes me about six weeks to turn one out with detailed carving (celtic knots and key patterns) on 2/3's of the stick. Paying myself minimum wages the stick would be worth about three grand and we both know no one is going to pay that for a stick. I do it for the love of the art. I run into the same conundrum when asked what I will take for this tree or that. They're all precious to me and monitery gain is not the driving force behind my work. It's a tough question, Todd.

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Post  EdMerc on Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:35 pm

Todd,
Materials is really not the question here. As the previous poster already suggested, ten dollars easily covers that. It's your time and attention that are worth something.

Perhaps, as a way of making it easier for them to pay you what your time would be worth, you can offer to maintain the trees with bi-weekly visits to prune, pinch and generally keep them well. That way you don't hit them with a large amount up front, but can make up for it with the repeat visits.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:35 am

RKatzin wrote:Hi Todd, for soil, wire, time ect, about ten bucks. For artistic vision, priceless, you can't charge too much or be paid enough for what's inside your mind. I know you have to draw a line somewhere between what you're worth and what the road will bear. I also make hand carved walking sticks. Takes me about six weeks to turn one out with detailed carving (celtic knots and key patterns) on 2/3's of the stick. Paying myself minimum wages the stick would be worth about three grand and we both know no one is going to pay that for a stick. I do it for the love of the art. I run into the same conundrum when asked what I will take for this tree or that. They're all precious to me and monitery gain is not the driving force behind my work. It's a tough question, Todd.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I do other art work as well and know the "conundrum" well. That's a lot of carving for a walking stick; I bet they're beautiful! Best, Todd

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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:38 am

EdMerc wrote:Todd,
Materials is really not the question here. As the previous poster already suggested, ten dollars easily covers that. It's your time and attention that are worth something.

Perhaps, as a way of making it easier for them to pay you what your time would be worth, you can offer to maintain the trees with bi-weekly visits to prune, pinch and generally keep them well. That way you don't hit them with a large amount up front, but can make up for it with the repeat visits.

Ed

Thanks, that's a good idea. So far, I'm receiving some nice landscape trees in trade. I think I'm doing better with trading at this point and hopefully others will see my work and ask about my services. I appreciate you thoughts. Best, Todd

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