How I can calculate quotes / prices easy? I mean is there any special program or software or something like this?
Bradley, IMO ~ no, there is no easy way.
the old adage of "labor + materials + overhead + profit" might work.
also, the level of your skills, craftsmanship and attention to detail
is taken into effect.
and, what are you building; rustic pieces out of barn or pallet wood.
low or high end furniture with teak and mahogany.
supply and demand for certain pieces in your area will be much different
than in New Mexico, Florida, etc.
just out of curiosity, what do you build and sell ?
jus my Dos Centavos
best of luck in all your endeavors
Carpentry estimating software .....
There are lots of software programs that will estimate construction and project costs:
These aren't free:
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
There is no magic formula. Too many variables. Material x 3 is a good starting point but wont work for many scenarios.
Not sure what the project is, but make sure you get multiple quotes for different companies/contractors. If they know theyíre competing for your business, they may sharpen their pencil a bit on pricing.
Not familiar with the details, but sometimes it is cheaper to handle the contractor management side of a project if you have the time, to bring in different contractors and companies (mechanical vs electrical) for different phases of your project.
If you are pricing your own products/services, look at the market (Angieís List, eBay, Craigslist, OfferUp, or local brick and mortar stores).
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Small shops almost always price too cheaply. Not taking in to account all the "true" costs of doing business. Don't use someone else's prices for your work. They will have different costs than you. As for the "formula systems" you might use them as a check to make sure you didn't make a gross error but never for your pricing. There are many things you need to charge for that often are forgotten. Design time, drawings, consultations, materials ordering, time value of money, replacement cost of equipment, tooling, packaging and most importantly profit. What is your plan? Do you intend to ever become larger? Add equipment, additional education? All these need to be covered. How did you figure out your shop rate? Rent, utilities, wages, book keeping, tooling, replacement equipment, trash, expendables (glue, screws, sand paper...) cleanup, etc. How do you figure the time you will spend? Does it include all of your time? Even once the drawings are done and in the shop, there is time spent in addition to the actual machining and assembly. Setup time can be significant and exists for every operation. Material handling.
What do you think you are worth/ $25 - $40/ hour minimum. Shop rate a minimum of $50/hour. Don't give your life away.
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