Larry in OK wrote: ↑Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:11 pm
I've been sewing things together for 30 odd years. Mostly as a hobby but I have worked in shops many years ago as a regular job. I've been working with marine canvas stuff for almost 10 years. The last several years I have had more and more "can you fix/make this for me?" from friends and referrals around the marina to the point where I have recently taken the step of formally "going into business".
I'm generally pretty good with the making and repairing of things though I'm always looking for new or better techniques.
My questions are coming on the business side of things.
Some of these things I may need to discuss with my accountant but I'll start here.
I am also considering to have a coworking space that's why I visited this website and they have a very affordable yet quality coworking space and I think they've got something that I really need to help me start with my business.
I can easily keep track of my material costs and time spent on the work. If I'm repairing an existing item like replacing windows in a dodger, I've charged time and material as separate line items since in my state labor is not taxed i.e.: - My cost of materials and any markup as -$xxx + %% tax for a materials subtotal and a labor charge and any applicable trip/delivery charge added for a total bill.
However, if I make a new thing like a grill cover would I bill as a time and material charge with taxes only on material or as a single item with taxes for the total cost?
Along those lines -
When I'm working a project I keep track of all my materials and my cost. Do you folks provide customers with a detailed invoice of all materials used such as X number of snaps, XX yards of fabric, XX feet of strap... or do you just lump sum the "materials"?
Hello! It's great to hear that you've been sewing for so many years and that you've decided to turn your hobby into a business. Congratulations on taking that step!
In terms of billing for a new item like a grill cover, it's common to charge a flat rate for the entire project that includes both materials and labor. You could include the taxes in the total cost so that your customer has a clear understanding of the final price.
As for providing a detailed invoice, it's always a good idea to provide your customers with an itemized invoice that breaks down the materials and labor costs. This can help them understand how you arrived at the final price and can provide transparency in your pricing. Including the number of snaps, yards of fabric, and feet of strap can be helpful, as it shows the customer the exact amount of materials used in the project.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.