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Paid for time?

I was recently asked to crochet a wool afghan for a coworker. She purchased all the wool (and OMG, how thankful am I for that because it cost her plenty), but she keeps offering to pay me for the time it will take to make it. I have no idea what to charge her. She doesn't want a huge afghan, but even the smaller ones take a goodly amount of time for my full time working self. Any suggestions for what I should charge?

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Well...let me ask you this. Wouuld you be crocheting it anyway? I mean, what would you be doing in the meantime if you weren't making this? Would you be making something to sell? Have you already determined how much you want to make an hour?

If it takes you 4 hours to make a blanket and you ask her for $20 you're making $5...which in my state is less than min. wage. But if that's all you want, then that's great. I sometimes charge less than min. if I find it worth it in terms of making a connection or in you case a coworker.

Good luck!
When I have had this request from friends and family I sometimes "trade". I feel funny asking for money but have no problem with their bringing in my mail, watching the pet fish, stuffing envelopes for a mailing, etc. Would something like that work for you? Or for fun how about a dozen cookies a week for a month?
Well, she is my boss! So that alone makes me afraid to ask for too much. castocreations asked me if I'd be working on another project if it wasn't this and the answer is definitely. I just don't want to offend her but at the same time I know she has no idea how much effort can go into a project like this. I guess I should just come out and ask her what she thinks is fair and go from there. It's really tough when close friends and family make custom requests because I always feel like I'm uncharging myself.

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