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How to Price Your Work

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How to Price Your Work

One of the biggest challenges for makers is what to charge for your work. I remember when I decided that I wanted to try selling the items that I was making, I had trouble figuring out what I should charge a customer. You'd think this would be simple and straightforward, but this is the most popular question that I get. Over the years, the way that I calculate my pricing has evolved somewhat drastically. In the beginning, I used to outsource some of my work before I bought my own machinery. In the simplest way, I would take the cost...

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How to Make Your Product Packaging Stand Out!

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How to Make Your Product Packaging Stand Out!
I love making custom signs. When it comes to packaging them, let's just say that I had a lot of room for improvement. With my latest changes, I finally feel like my product packaging looks fantastic!

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Custom Art Mirrors | Collaboration with Pretty Done

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Custom Art Mirrors | Collaboration with Pretty Done
A local artist in Las Vegas named Adam reached out to me to see if I could cut mirror acrylic material to create custom pieces of art. Working with mirror acrylic has a lot of challenges, but I was interested in the idea and decided to see what I could do.

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Making a Custom Card With a Laser

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Making a Custom Card With a Laser

One of the best benefits to the RF style laser is the ability to adjust the frequency of the laser pulse to achieve different effects. In this project, I wanted to use this setting to create a scoring mark that will help make it easier to fold a card in half.

Projects such as cards and custom packaging are great for showing off the power of the frequency setting. Not all lasers have this adjustment so be sure to see what options you have.

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Maximizing Laser Production and Your Profits

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Maximizing Laser Production and Your Profits

One of the most common questions I get is, how do I charge for my work and how do I maximize my production. The main driver for this is going to be quantity. There are many factors to consider when making custom items such as design time, machining time, material cost, and much more. By creating larger quantities, the design time cost will be spread out over more items, making it a more manageable amount than if you were to charge for one single item. In this video, I walk through what the machining times look like for one item...

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