I’ve been over thinking again – second guessing the future and paralysing myself into the bargain. Basically, if I stop to think, I stop!
So, lately, whenever I catch myself over thinking I just remind myself that I have no idea what will or won’t work . . . or what is or isn’t the right product . . . or what is or isn’t the right quantity . . . or what is or isn’t the right price . . . or what people will or won’t like – so I might as well . . . “put it out and let the world decide“.
After SueC’s comment on my last blog post I was inspired to put together an ephemera pack to offer for sale in the online shop. It took me much longer than I would have liked but finally I got it together and worked out some fun packaging.
I agonised a bit over the pricing but quickly saw that using any of the traditional formulas that take into account cost of product and time spent wouldn’t work for me. If I did that I’d have to be paying customers to buy from me since I take days to find stuff and then do something with it! Even if I paid myself minimum wage I couldn’t make a profit if I factored in my time. But I’m OK with that.
I’m in the fortunate position that any money I make is a bonus. My partner takes care of the essentials and is happy for me to experiment. At some point it would be lovely to make back the money I spend on materials and even more fun to make a profit. But for now I don’t have to focus on that.
So, how do I decide what to charge?
For the inspirational art at the show I took a poll of what friends and family would pay if they were customers and chose a price in the middle of what they said.
For the vintage paper ephemera I looked at what other people were charging for similar items and thought about what would make it worth the effort for me. Finding stuff is fun for me. As is designing packaging and thinking about the offer. Not so enjoyable is packing it up and taking it to Post Office so I decided that I didn’t want to do those bits for less than £10 a trip.
So I decided to put together a really juicy pack of 60 papers rather than a smaller bundle as others are doing and “put it out and let the world decide“. (You can check out the details of my vintage paper ephemera collection by clicking on the link if this is your kind of thing 🙂 )
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