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    I have been welding for about 15 years and I have been doing a little blacksmithing for about 6 years. I have a small business on the side, just starting dont have alot of customers yet. But my question is How much should I charge for my work? do you guys charge by the hour or by the job
    and if by the hour what is a fair price? I want to be paid for what the work is worth but on the otherhand I dont wont somebody to feel ripped off and never come back. Thanks for any response.
    sigpichttp://www.sharpsiron.com

  • #2
    Well it all depends on the area you are in and what the economy is like. some times I charge buy thr HR and on the jobs I know I can Quote and get them rigth. Ill charge buy the job I would call around and see what the other shops in your area are charging and if you are able to go a little less to get your name out there. good luck take care. Garth
    garthswelding@aol.com trail blazer 301g with all the fixins:delta band saw dewalt chop saw craftsman drill press, sp-135 mm251 spectrum 375 suite case mig, tig w/hi freq. one welding truck.

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    • #3
      i have herd many saying 3X the $ of matereals is a good way to charge but i have never tryed it. are you trying to decide what to charge for welding or blacksmithing or both ??
      i could ask a fella on another site that sose smith work if thats what you are trying to find out what to charge for>?
      thanks for the help
      ......or..........
      hope i helped
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      feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
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      • #4
        Not only does location matter, but whats your overhead ? I just did a prototype with the expectation to do 12 more of an item. The guy took my prototype (my design too) to another machinest and he under bid me by 30%, he works out of his pole barn,no heat, no employees,no insurance, and most of all no way I can compete with him when he is at $20.00 an hour. I charge $50.00 an hour and can hardly pull $20 if I am lucky. So if you want jobs and have no overhead, under bid your local fab shop and you should get work. take a job to the others in your area and see what they charge, it will give you an idea. Jeeze, I hope your not too close to me, we were pretty slow the last couple weeks.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the info guys, I would like to set different rates for smithing and welding so yes If you could ask the other guy I would appreciate it. Thanks
          by the way Dan where are you located?
          sigpichttp://www.sharpsiron.com

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          • #6
            South central Wi. Rather be in south Florida this time of year.

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            • #7
              In my field I charge $100 an hr for mobile aluminum repair with a 1 hr minimum.
              and $75 an hr for shop on aluminum with no minimum except what I feel is fair enuff. I pretty much weld 95% aluminum all the time and it keeps me busy most all the time (the other 5% is welding the stuff nobody else will touch like cast iron and gas tanks and all that other crap) That way other shops don't mind sending me the work 'cause they know I'm not competing with them. I don't cut my price for steel 'cause I could be welding aluminum for somebody else....at least that's how I see it. I don't charge drive time either...just start charging when I hit the property.
              It might sound sorta high but I've been the highest guy around for ten years now and really it'll bring you more business than you could ever imagine. You only have to work half as much and if you lose you your shirt on a job it only hurts half as bad. A lot of customers like to brag on how much they spend...sorta makes them feel better.
              I raised my 2 older boys helping me, now they have moved on and my 12 yr old helps in the summer. I get sorta lonesome so I tried a coupla regular jobs before I found one I liked and with my reputation didn't need to take a welding test, just picked up the tig and started welding. I work 4 ten hr shifts so keep my business alive while I'm recharging in the off season.
              I have found 2 guys now that I believe I could stand to work with and I think one is getting real interested. They both bring some things to the table that I would rather not prefer to do as much so I would pay them like kings and still make a few bucks extra. One guy even worked for my arch rival....and we are become best friends to boot....sweet!
              Just remember you have to make enuff $$$$$ to pay for the time when you ain't got no work because of bad weather or off season etc... the bills never quit!!
              Iron Man just remember If you charge a high price you are cut loose to do the very best work no holds barred and everyone will believe in you. If they come to you expecting to pay a ton and you know pretty much what the thing you just fixed is worth then you can charge less and they will think you are generous and speak well of you. I have been in business all my life and was the lowest price guy forever and always gave a break to the other guy untill one day I woke up and asked ....hey where the heck is my lake house with the 40ft boat and all that!
              It took me from a trailer house to a 4 bedroom home in 1 1/2 yrs. Plus 2 shop buildings on a seperate piece of property.
              If you are too cheap everyone takes advantage of you and you can turn your dream job into a nitemare....BTDT

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              • #8
                If I was you I would charge by the Job

                Inferno Forge

                Chris

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                • #9
                  Dan
                  thats a bummer on getting cut out after you did the hard part. the same thing happend to the company my wife worked for for a little wile here in tow. the comp. makes historical clothing. they wre asked to make clothing for the pirates of the carabean movie. so they made up several diferent outfits for the movie peoples aproval and were to make like 25 of each after the outfits were aproved for use. so after she made them and sbmitted the first ones to the movie people they just took her outfits and took them to some one local and had them coppy them for less $$ cutting the wife's company out of the deal after they did the hard part of comming up with the outfits. i supose a better contract might have solved the problem but what can you do ??? some people are just cheap like that.
                  thanks for the help
                  ......or..........
                  hope i helped
                  sigpic
                  feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                  summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                  JAMES

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                  • #10
                    Money

                    I charge$85. hr mig Aluminum
                    steel $63. hr
                    stainless $74.
                    stainless tig $90.
                    Aluminum tig $90.
                    If you quote by the job if it will take 3hrs add 30% to your time
                    Note to dan i'm sorry to hear that it hasn't happened to me yet and I do say yet(dont get me wrong I have been Screwd. and to add to what fun4now said Ask for 30% material cost right out of the gate and O ya NO REFUNDS so they stick with you
                    FusionKing you have no Idea just how so right you are on your last two lines and as the wife adds a nitemare it can be.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Iron man View Post
                      I have been welding for about 15 years and I have been doing a little blacksmithing for about 6 years. I have a small business on the side, just starting dont have alot of customers yet. But my question is How much should I charge for my work? do you guys charge by the hour or by the job
                      and if by the hour what is a fair price? I want to be paid for what the work is worth but on the otherhand I dont wont somebody to feel ripped off and never come back. Thanks for any response.
                      I do alot of work on the side but its a little different over here to US theres not as many guys with welding rigs here
                      most of the time its for the same customers using there gear so its $30hr cash or $45hr on the books
                      one customer how is a pain the azse rings at all hours I do the work at home using my gear its welding cracks in a water truck they don't want to fix it the right way just patch it and its always on Sunday so I charge them a basic charge of $60hr+ they drop the truck and come back later $60hr+ covers my power rods and beer after all its on a sunday and they wouldn't get done other wise their happy with that price and so is my beer frig

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                      • #12
                        I charge $50 an hour during the week and $75 on weekends, but I only do it part time. It started out as a hobby which turned into a business. I have more work on weekends than weekdays. People are strange like that but I ain't complaining.
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                        • #13
                          I think your best bet is between $40-$55 during the week and depending on the job for the weekend charge $70 on Saturday and maybe and $75 Sunday? thats just my thought though because bairly anyone is open on a Sunday so if they need the work done they will pay you the big bucks!
                          Thanks for reading I hope my post helped

                          Ryan

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                          • #14
                            Darmik.....I see that you also see what I see! Aluminum will make you the best money.
                            Youngwelder...notice that Darmik points out how much you charge depends on what the material is.
                            I like to stick with purely aluminum so I don't polute my thinking or technique. I know steel plenty well and have many many years of it but then I learned that the average guy is scared to death of it and if you work hard enuff at it there comes a time when the only person they can imagine repairing it is you!!
                            Then if you want you can pick and choose your jobs because once again the average guy seems to think just because you can weld their aluminum whatever then you MUST be qualified to weld anything else out there! This is completely BS!!! But then momma didn't didn't raise a compete idiot, so I will do some jobs if I need to or find them challenging enuff and I can still charge enuff to pay the bills. I will say tho tiggin' aluminum never gets boring to me no matter what the type, thickness, position, or location....I just like some jobs better than others. BTW..for my part repairing aluminum is better than fabbing...you do it, they pay you, you go to the bank. Yer happy, they are happy and tell everybody how much you saved them and once you make that word of mouth happen and KEEP it happening you could move to the jungle and they prolly would send out an expedition of crap out for you to fix.
                            FWIW I also ALWAYS give the illusion of just being litterally swamped with work by having a voicemail message telling them to leave me a detailed message about the job and as soon as I can take a break from welding I will check my messages and get back to them. I preps them in advance that I am in control and it sorta WEEDS out all the bigfeeling self important *******s(like me) that still try to jew everybody down in price and give them a break on their toy whatever that is out of any normal persons price league(not like me). Remember I work on marine primarily so you would have to adjust this line of thinking somewhat depending on your clientel. It also gets me out of welding stupid stuff like welding screen doors while on the house...yep I've had to turn that kind'a crap down and usually just don't call those guys back! That cell phone can be a great thing cause there is no reason for you to miss a job when you have one but you gotta remember when yer yackin' you ain't usually welding.
                            Some things just plain out are not worth the breath it takes to dicuss...IMO

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                            Miller Dynasty 700...OH YEA BABY!!
                            MM 350P...PULSE SPRAYIN' MONSTER
                            Miller Dynasty 280 with AC independent expansion card
                            Miller Dynasty 200 DX "Blue Lightning"

                            Miller Bobcat 225 NT (what I began my present Biz with!)
                            Miller 30-A Spoolgun
                            Miller WC-115-A
                            Miller Spectrum 300
                            Miller 225 Thunderbolt (my first machine bought new 1980)
                            Miller Digital Elite Titanium 9400

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
                              Darmik.....I see that you also see what I see! Aluminum will make you the best money.
                              Youngwelder...notice that Darmik points out how much you charge depends on what the material is.
                              I like to stick with purely aluminum so I don't polute my thinking or technique. I know steel plenty well and have many many years of it but then I learned that the average guy is scared to death of it and if you work hard enuff at it there comes a time when the only person they can imagine repairing it is you!!
                              Then if you want you can pick and choose your jobs because once again the average guy seems to think just because you can weld their aluminum whatever then you MUST be qualified to weld anything else out there! This is completely BS!!! But then momma didn't didn't raise a compete idiot, so I will do some jobs if I need to or find them challenging enuff and I can still charge enuff to pay the bills. I will say tho tiggin' aluminum never gets boring to me no matter what the type, thickness, position, or location....I just like some jobs better than others. BTW..for my part repairing aluminum is better than fabbing...you do it, they pay you, you go to the bank. Yer happy, they are happy and tell everybody how much you saved them and once you make that word of mouth happen and KEEP it happening you could move to the jungle and they prolly would send out an expedition of crap out for you to fix.
                              FWIW I also ALWAYS give the illusion of just being litterally swamped with work by having a voicemail message telling them to leave me a detailed message about the job and as soon as I can take a break from welding I will check my messages and get back to them. I preps them in advance that I am in control and it sorta WEEDS out all the bigfeeling self important *******s(like me) that still try to jew everybody down in price and give them a break on their toy whatever that is out of any normal persons price league(not like me). Remember I work on marine primarily so you would have to adjust this line of thinking somewhat depending on your clientel. It also gets me out of welding stupid stuff like welding screen doors while on the house...yep I've had to turn that kind'a crap down and usually just don't call those guys back! That cell phone can be a great thing cause there is no reason for you to miss a job when you have one but you gotta remember when yer yackin' you ain't usually welding.
                              Some things just plain out are not worth the breath it takes to dicuss...IMO


                              You hit it right on the head
                              there is nothing and I do mean NOTHING that I could add to this.
                              my forte is commerical truck they sure love there aluminum checker plate

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