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How Much to Pay Yourself in Your Craft Business

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I’ve talked pricing on the blog before. First, I outlined how to price your craft items for sale. Then, I talked about pricing products when your supplies were on sale. There’s no right or wrong way to determine how much to pay yourself – it’s completely subjective. Today, let’s look at how much to pay yourself.

Two Ways to Guide Yourself

  1. If you recently worked outside of your home, you should pay yourself at least the equivalent to what you previously paid. There are some limitations to using this method. For example, if you previously made $120,000 working in a high demand job you likely won’t be able to set your prices competitively enough in the craft market.
  2. You should pay yourself at least minimum wage for your state. Here in Florida, that means at least $8.05. In contrast, minimum wage in California is $10.00 an hour; while minimum wage in New York is $9.00. As your skills increase and your products get more technically difficult – you’ll raise your hourly wage.

It’s just that simple! Remember, your business won’t get far if you don’t pay yourself enough. Underpaid working from home crafters are likely to get burned out faster, too.

How much do you pay yourself per hour? Share in the comments.

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Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Any tips on how much to pay an assistant?

Christine, Cutting for Business

Sunday 25th of August 2019

It depends what they will be doing:


Thursday 21st of March 2019

I am making crochet Christmas tree skirts. It takes 15 hours to make one. If I pay myself even minimum wage, I’d have to sell one for $150 to cover materials, shipping, Etsy costs ect. Similar ones sell on Etsy for $50 average price. This is where I’m struggling. At that rate I’m paying myself $3.3 an hour. Should my pricing be different t for items that take such a long time to make?


Thursday 10th of December 2020

I know you are discussing primarily making money as a cutter, but I have the same issue as another commenter when it comes to selling knit dishcloths. It takes me 4 hours to knit one (yes, I’m slow) and I can make 9 dishcloths with a large ball of Bernat cotton costing me $9. There is no way people will pay more than $4-7 dollars for a handmade dishcloth. Even if I was able to knit one in 1 hour, not sure I could sell it for $12.50 (minimum wage where I live).

Christine, Cutting for Business

Saturday 18th of May 2019

I don't crochet, so I don't have experience with this. Your rate shouldn't change. Sadly, to be competitive, you'll need to crochet faster or alter the product to stay competitive.

Madi Hunt

Thursday 3rd of August 2017

So, if I sell something for $20 how much do I pay myself.


Monday 7th of August 2017

The amount you sell an item for has nothing to do with how much you pay yourself. You first choose an amount to pay yourself, then figure out a selling price. After deciding how much to pay yourself, head to this post:

Corinne Colbert

Friday 9th of June 2017

I am transitioning from my previous at-home career (freelance writer) to a crafts business (greeting cards and paper gifts). To determine my crafting hourly rate, I set up a spreadsheet of my freelance invoices over the past five years by client. I tossed the outliers -- the really big projects, the one-off small jobs -- and averaged the results. Then I subtracted that figure from what I need to earn to keep our budget intact.

I divided that figure by 1000: 20 hours per week for 50 weeks per year. That gave me an hourly rate that is above my state's minimum wage but well below my freelance rate (where I have 30+ years of experience!). If -- no, AS -- my crafts business takes off, I can cut back on editorial work and devote more time to crafting. As I gain experience in my craft business, I'll work more efficiently and so my hourly rate will gain in value.


Monday 12th of June 2017

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!


Saturday 29th of April 2017

Don't sell yourself short. I used to charge $20 an hour. I just went up to $30. The time you spend, the equipment you buy, the research, time on the phone....everything counts. If you don't think you matter, no one else will. I have been in business for 25 years. Started with a small embroidery machine, and have worked up to a professional. Have 2 professional cutters, and just purchased the Cameo for smaller items. I still charge less than the other businesses in town, and am busier than ever. My accountant says I don't charge enough. This is a hobby/retirement job for me. But remember, f you are doing this as a business and have to pay taxes, you are losing even more. I live in a small community in Northern wages aren't the best in this area. Remember the time you are taking away from your family. Is it worth the little bit that you make? You have a skill that others don't have, and that's worth a lot. Increase your prices a bit at a time, and people won't hesitate if you have quality products. I know you enjoy it, but don't kill yourself to do this. People want something for nothing, and your sanity isn't worth it! Keep enjoying what you are doing. One important thing I read in an industry 10% of your customers----they cause 90% of your problems. I have done this and still love what I do!


Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Great advice! Thank you.


Saturday 6th of May 2017

Awesome Advice :) Thank you. I just gave a shirt to a friend's daughter for helping me out an hour or so at an event. It was a demo shirt and when she tried it on it looked a little big to me. I told the mom I would exchange the shirt for her daughter in a smaller size that fit better. The Mom then asked me to customize a totally different shirt!!! Um no. sigh... some people. :( I totally agree with getting rid of those 10%!!


Sunday 30th of April 2017

Thanks for sharing!