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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire

    First Commission.....sort of

    Doing the barter system. For the past year my dentist has been asking me to make them a bed in exchange for dental work. I finally gave in yesterday and agreed to do it.

    They want a fairly simple twin bed for their grandson. I shot them what I thought was a high price and they immediately agreed to it. Guess I should of quoted a higher price (Ok Rob and Carol, can't wait to hear what you have to say about that)

    I know that I do fairly decent work. Certainly not on the scale of a lot of you guys, but I've always refused to sell anything because I've been afraid that the customer wouldn't like it. I've built tons of furniture for family and friends but actually taking money by building something for someone I don't know well really makes me nervous.

    Can't quite figure it out because I'm an extremely confident person in all other aspects

    Anyway, Hopefully this will be the start of something good.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    as soon as you start it ,,it will be good this is hopefully the beginning of a new part time income for you bob
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Lets hope your introduction into commissioned work is well welcomed {said meaningfully & in jest, as to where this is posted }

    Piece of cake Bob, I have plenty of faith from what I've seen of your work!
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    dont hold back bob, tell us what you are charging them .twin bed with backboard and footboard, solid hardwoods, 700 dollar minimum.
    Human Test Dummy

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Bob, you did good. You quote a high price when you don't really want the commission. Sounds like you did that. You got what you asked for, so now you have to deliver. Next time you don't want to do the job you will have an idea of how much higher to quote!

    Let this be a lesson to all. Your selling price only has to meet the expectations of the buyer. Never attempt to decide for them what a fair price is. That is their decision. You get to decide what your bottom line price, what your fair price is. Don't you deviate. When their idea of a fair price doesn't meet yours, you are in no way obligated to change. It's up to them to find someone who will provide the product/service at their price point - and they will get what they pay for. Only had one potential client come back for a quote of rejecting the first bid. So I did. Having decided life is too short to try to work for cheap skates, I quoted them 30-40% more than the original quote. Told them costs had gone up. And there is a cost working with difficult clients! Wished them luck as they trudged out the door, and then thanked God they were gone. My other clients more than appreciated the quality of my work and the fairness of my prices.

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    i would charge you at least 800 allen. i charged my nephew 50 per door, for the new cabinet doors.
    benedictione omnes bene

    check out my etsy store, buroviejowoodworking

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Nothing Wrong with a good barter Bob, sounds like a win win deal

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    dont hold back bob, tell us what you are charging them .twin bed with backboard and footboard, solid hardwoods, 700 dollar minimum.

    I charged them $600. Cost for everything will be about $100.00. It will probably take me a week to build it. My back feels much better since the last procedure I had on it but I still only put in a couple hours a day in the shop. They want it made from pine so the wood is pretty inexpensive and easy to move around the shop.
    You're right Carol. I really didn't want to do it so I charged what I thought was a pretty high price. I also figured that they had no problem quoting me what I though was an outrageous price for bridge work so I would return the favor
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Congratulations Bob. I love barter. It beats money in my books hands down.
    In my view the two parties to a barter deal can exchange and receive way more value from each other than in a money changing hands deal.

    Sent from my MB860 using Tapatalk 2

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Congrats, Bob. Like Larry said, once you get started, I think the first-timer nerves will go away.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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