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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Hi again. I am so glad i found you all. you have been great helps.<br><br>
I am wondering if you have ever hired someone to help you out. I just talked to a mama from chuirch who is in need of some cash as much as I am in need of some help, so I thought we could help each other out. I was thinking of paying her per diaper she sews instead of by the hour. I mean she will be at her house taking care of her toddler, and I know there will be distractions. so I was trying to come up with a fair price. I was thinking like 2.00 per diaper. but that is like seat shop pay. if she sews 3 in an hour its 6 /hour. The diapers will be precut so she just needs to put in elastic and sew them up and for me cutting is the big pain....<br><br>
any suggestions. I dont want ot raise my prices again, ( i just did as i was WAYYYYY under everyone else i saw.) but i need ot make sure i am gaining a profit if she works for me. In a way i could sell MORE of them if i have more in stock, but i just dont know....<br><br>
thank you all<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I keep trying ot sign off like i do in email with my co. name but I keep deleting it. LOL Dont want the mods after me LOL Force of habit i guess LOL
 

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I think paying per piece is a good idea. But if you consider the average time it should take to complete a piece and consider how many she could do per hour, I think she would be making at least $9-$10 an hour. That is the lowest sewing wage I have seen advertised.
 

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my girlfriend helps me with sewing. She only does the linings, and I do the rest. She likes doing the mindless kind of sewing, really simple stuff that she can do without having to think and not worry a ton about straight lines <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I pay her by the dozen, which is standard for piecework. I first figured it by timing myself doing them and calculated at a $20 rate, but she's gotten faster and I've added a couple of steps so she's probably making more than that, but it's only for a dozen or 2 per week.
 

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I pay per piece and it *may* be a low sewing rate, but I am not sure for my area. Everyone and everything is less money out here in the midwest. I figure that she could sew two slings an hour and pay by the piece. She gets paid more per hour than I do at my co-op job!
 

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I think the rate is a bit low. I would think more like $8 an hour seems fair. If you need to hire help, I'd raise the cost of your diapers a tad to cover your helper's wages.
 

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Ok one when you hire someone you have to decide if you want them to be and employee or an independent contracter. If she is an employee you have to pay her the min wages and taxes and its a big nightmare, so independent contracter is the way to go IMHO. When I had my biz after I had my miscarriage I hired a gal( big mistake but thats another story) I made her sign a contract saying she wouldn't compete or copy my designs and then I paid her by peice. I think that at least $5 a diaper would be appropriate because if she's really good and quick she could get 2 done an hour and make $10. You need to make it worth her while. Also consider is she going to use her own machine and thread? If yes you may want to pay her a little more to cover wear and tear and supplies.
 

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Independent contractor is the ONLY way to go! And piece work is the best rate for both of you. She doesn't have to watch the clock. She just adds up how many of each item she has made.<br><br>
For determining the rate for piece work. I would sit down uninterupted for one hour and sew off x number of diapers or item you want her to make. Take into account that you likely sew faster than she does, but also she is going to be at home and not paying daycare and other expenses so I think that some of the wear/tear issues even out. She's getting the opportunity to make some money at home. I would aim for $8-15 hour depending on your location. Where I live, I am definitely on the lower end of that, but if your location warrants a higher price, then go for it.<br><br>
I ended up not having anyone sew my items. I'm just too picky! I paid for cutting piecework for inner/body/soaker layers of diapers, nursing pads, and mama pads. But, when it came to finish work, I wanted to do myself. Just having someone cut did make my life easier. I was able to sit down and just grab from my cut bins and go and not worry about having to do that prep work ahead of time.
 

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Ok, I must be really cheap. LOL I dont charge nearly what alot of others charge but then again I am not at hynea status so no one would ever pay 20. or more for one of my fitteds LOL Nor would I want them to at this point.. Anyway. I was not going to have to finish anything. I was thinking of have her sewin the elastic, and soakers, and i would finish the peice once it is past that stage. I figure if takes me not even 10 min to sew in the soakers and elastic and so I figured 1.50 per item would be about 9.00 per hour. give or take. she is currently a substitute teacher ( was a music teacher before she had her baby) so I htink that is close to competeive and she wont be paying child care. BUT what do i do when I am slow. Do I just tell her sorry no work this week. I would feel bad but I cant pay her if im not being paid.<br>
My main concern is I cant afford to just break even, and I know that the next 2 weeks for me is stocking time so I may not even need her if i get enough done. But when i do, i need to still make money even after she is paid. KWIM??<br><br>
I know i will have to raise my prices.... But i had one customer upset becaseu I raised them a bit. ( my covers were only 6.00 and I raised is a bit) I owuls rather not have ot raise them right now!! I was thining in about 2-3 months.<br>
anyway. she is out of town until june 6 so Ih ave time to figure this out before she gets back<br>
Thanks for all your imput
 

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Well, every WAHM has to set her prices based on her costs, so if you have to raise your prices, you must. $6 for a cover sounds more than reasonable....in fact cheap! LOL<br><br>
If she is an independent contractor, then if you don't have work for her, you don't have work for her. That's how it goes. You try to let her know in advance when you will have work and how much, but it all depends on your orders and work speed.
 

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From what I have learned over the last six months researching and stocking my own online boutique, most WAHM's could do with a price raise! It sets a better standard and you don't come across as being cheap. You are a professional, and you deserve to be paid as such. Don't worry about the odd customer here or there that complains about your prices. WAHM's that sew their own products *deserve* to be paid for the amount of work that's involved. Heck, if it were easy and took no time at all just to whip off a few diapers, we would *all* be making our own! I, personally, would love to be able to make some of the amazing products you all make. I'm just not that inclined. I would rather handle the business aspect of things (marketing, advertiseing, promoting etc.) as this is what I am good at and what I enjoy. I am more than willing to pay to have someone else dress my daughter in fluff! And for those that complain about prices, suggest they try to make a diaper themselves to save money (nicely of course!). Even direct them to a pattern online. I guarentee they will be back when they realise how much work is involved!
 

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