A friend messaged over the weekend, asking for help to price a commission. We went over the costs of materials, and the time it might take to make.
Yes, it does come down to time and money. As with all work, you are effectively making a trade in hours/materials for cash.
But here’s another factor to think about in the trading of hours: those are hours of YOUR precious time, time that you get to spend only once. If the gig in question will cost you hours with people you care about, or neglecting projects that matter more to you, then the cost of that is in play, too.
Bottom line – don’t get underpaid, but even more so, don’t get underpaid while cheating yourself out of what is most important to YOU. Keeping this in sight will make the decision process easier!
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