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Questions, Answered

The Pricing class is today!

Before it starts, I wanted to answer some questions ya’ll have asked me about it.

I can’t make the call!

Totally ok! Everyone, whether they make the live call or not will get a recording of the call on Tuesday morning. If you buy the Fancy Pants Version, you’ll also get a written summary of the entire call.

Will you hold this class again?

Probably not.
For one thing, it’s less exciting the second time. Part of what I love about these live classes is the energy on the phone and the challenge of being prepared to answer everyone’s questions. A second class just doesn’t have that same appeal.

But I am likely to talk to pricing again. This class has triggered a lot of questions that are tangential to pricing:

  • How do I pay myself?
  • How do I organize my time?
  • Do you track your hours? How?

So, yes, I will be covering all these issues in a future class, or maybe a series of classes. I’m brainstorming/plotting a sort of bi-weekly class where we call in for a lesson, then go off and work on what learned about, followed by another call (or Twitter check-in) where we share what we learned. I’m thinking this sort of structure would allow us to really dive into all the tangential questions that come up. (If you’re interested in that, shoot me an email, or leave a comment with your ideas)

Where did you learn about pricing?

Mostly, experience.  1 year in a scrapbook store, 2 years managing a paint-your-own pottery studio, 2 years in yarn shops (in all of these jobs I worked directly with the customers and hear their reactions to prices). 4 years of selling my handmade stuff and nearly a year of doing it as my family’s main source of income.
The second source is conversations. Conversations at craft shows, at fiber festivals, over coffee and on Twitter. With crafters, shop owners, gallery owners and some very smart retired crafters.

But I’ve also read a looot. I have an extensive bibliography for the class. My students will receive it as a fancy PDF with an explanation of what I love from each resource.

But what about all of you who have more time than money? And want to read and sysnthesize and experiment? For you, I want to share the bibliography and I encourage you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions:

Books:

(linked to their IndieBound page, buy indie!)

The Boss of You
Handmade Marketplace
Crafting for Dollars

Online:

Etsy’s  series on the Art of Pricing.
Havi’s The Art and Science of Pricing .

Any more questions about the class?

Leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them until the class starts at 3p ET.

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