I have a small growing business and I am looking to sub-contract a
portion of my work out. At this point I am working mostly with
beads, wire wrapping, stringing. I have always done all
my work in the past, but need to free up some time to get out and
sell my work.
How do I figure out what to pay this person? Per piece, per hour? This
individual will most likely be younger and eager to work for a small
wage. Anyone out there know the best way to handle this?
thanks for your time
I once worked for a company that determined the ‘per piece’ rate by
making and carefully timing the production of 6 units. The $ per
hour times the number of hours equaled $XX.00, this was then divided
by 6 (units) and gave the price per unit. The $ per hr. can be
minimum wage of what ever you feel is a ‘fair’ wage per hour.
Hi Laurice, I first started to make jewelry by doing piece work for a
wire sculptor. I was paid by the perfect piece, which means, I
learned a lot and I also learned to work fairly fast. (I also was
definitely in the "younger and eager to work for ANY money"
category) My employer/teacher/still friend (!) used to show me how to
make a couple of pieces like the ones he wanted, send me off to work,
come back if there
s any difficulties and come back even without apparent difficulties after making five pieces at which point he would make neccesary corrections to procedure (repeat as neccesary). We would decide on a price per piece after the first ten. He always made sure, that even at my slowest I wasnt making less than min.
wage, and usually after enough practice I made way more than that,
while his profit still remained pretty good.
…OTOH…there are reasons, why wire twistet spiral rings are NEVER
made in my shop… :-))))) I think I`ve made enough of those to live
forevermore without them!
Hello Laurice, When you find this person who is “eager to work for a
small wage” please remember to treat him/her kindly. Not only for
his/her self esteem, but also for your own. Even if a small wage is
suitable for the training time, as that person becomes more valuable
to your operation, plan appropriate wage increases based on specific
abilities. Just like buying a tool, you will get what you pay for
and good help does not mean cheap help. You never know under what
circumstances you will meet a former employee. Select well,
supervise closely and kindly, and reward good work. Good luck,
Judy in Kansas