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Most business owners receive orders and complete them in the order they were received, or in another method that makes sense to the crafter.
But, what happens when a customer inquiries if they can get their order in a hurry? You should charge the customer a rush order fee for rush orders. But how much to charge for rush orders?
Depending on the product being made, it is appropriate for crafters to charge from 20% to 100% of the item’s final cost to get the order sent out before the stated turnaround time plus the cost of expedited shipping, if applicable.
How Much to Charge for Rush Orders
When deciding what to set your rush fee at, you’ll need to be careful to set it high enough that the average buyer won’t want to add it unless they really need an expedited order. For example, if I am selling custom made decals for $8.00 each, a 20% rush order fee is only $1.60 – not enough to keep the average buyer who doesn’t need it quickly from tacking it on to get their item faster. Unfortunately, when your rush order fees are too low, you’ll receive too many rush orders.
A general rule of thumb for rush order fees: The lower the price of the item, the higher the rush order percentage should be.
How to Tell Your Customers About Rush Order Fees
Rush order fees, and standard turnaround times, should be disclosed to customers prior to ordering. Here are a few example blurbs about turnaround times and rush orders. Feel free to use them in your Silhouette or Cricut craft business.
(Name of company’s) turnaround time is two weeks, not including shipping. If you need your item sooner, we can accommodate you with a rush order fee and expedited shipping. This allows us to put your order at the head of our production queue.
(Name of company’s) turnaround time is currently four weeks, plus shipping time. We can accommodate rush orders with a flat rate of xx% of the total item’s cost, plus the cost of USPS Express Mail. Please contact us for an exact quote.
(Name of company’s) turnaround time is one week. If you need your item to be ready for pickup in sooner than one week, please contact us to arrange payment of our xx% rush fee charge.
What If You Don’t Want to Take Rush Orders
If you don’t want to take rush orders, then don’t. Again, you should be disclose that you do not accept rush order with your turnaround times.
Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.