When you work on jobs involving concrete, lumber, bricks or construction materials of other sorts, it is customary to have the client order and pay for the materials to be used. You can figure quantities and make suggestions about sources of supply but let him do the actual ordering and paying.
In discussing the work in advance you will have to estimate not only the costs of the materials involved but the approximate amount of time it will take you to do the job. That's not so difficult if you have kept an accurate record of just those figures on the first job you did. But be sure that everyone understands that it is an estimate, not an exact figure for the total cost of the job. While it may have taken you but fourteen hours to make that brick terrace at home, you may have to do considerable grading on the job under discussion which will take a lot more time. Protect yourself.
At the same time, do not underrate yourself. You know that your work is worth a fair price, otherwise the customer would not be talking to you about doing it for him. Your age has nothing to do with the case. Remember, it is the work and skill and judgment that you are being paid for. Don't argue. Stick to your guns even if it means losing the job. Another one will turn up.
Find out what skilled masons and carpenters are being paid in your neighborhood. At the moment, non-union carpenters and masons are getting $1.75 to $2 per hour. If you really can do the job, figure your time as being worth about 15% less than that being currently paid to skilled workers.
Send a bill as soon as the work is completed unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time. Allow two weeks for payment. If no check arrives, then telephone and ask for it.
The usual tuition for class groups in Craft Instruction is $15 for a series of six classes. Each class takes about two hours and the teaching must be so organized that at the end of the course the pupils leave with a good degree of knowledge and skill.
The tuition is always paid in advance. The materials used in class are paid for by the pupils. You tell them where and what to buy before the classes are started.
Keep the classes small. Four people at once are about all you should try to handle in the beginning. This allows you to give each pupil a good bit of individual instruction, always an important point in this type of teaching. Later on, as you gain confidence and skill in handling a group, the classes may be enlarged to six, eight or even ten pupils. Ten, however is the maximum.
If you intend to hold classes at your home, be sure that you have a room that is reserved for that use. Nothing is more disconcerting and less professional than to have members of your family popping in and out for one reason or another. Many craft teachers arrange to hold the classes at the home of one of the pupils. This can be very satisfactory and saves you from the embarrassment of having mother coming in "just to see how you are getting along, dear."
If you have a talent for it, teaching crafts work is one of the most pleasant ways of earning extra money. Becoming a good teacher is largely a matter of practice plus a sure knowledge of the subject. Satisfied pupils are your best advertising mediums. They will make it pay for you by sending a steady flow of new pupils.
papers: metallic, decorative, gift, plain tissue Local stationers, department stores, art supply store foils: aluminum, copper Local handcraft store or companies listed on p. 123 chamois glove leathers
Local hardware store, local handcraft store or companies listed on p. 123 vegetable glue, Higgins Local art or handcraft supply store cane rush Local handcraft store or companies listed on p. 123 stapler, Hotchlciss #52 Local office supply or art supply store
Venetian blind tape cord heavy twine rope
Local hardware and department store cement bricks sand pipe gravel
Local building supply houses, wreckers, township and/or county road commissions pails screwdriver hoe saw garden hose try square trowel wheelbarrow brick hammer cord claw hammer nails level
Check your own equipment first. Local hardware stores will supply additional requirements turpentine casein paint enamel ordinary brushes lacquer
Local paint store or hardware store poster paint lettering stencils oil paint masking tape artist's brushes scotch tape etching paste
Local art supply store and the handcraft supply companies listed on p. 123 wood bowls, trays, boxes Local handcraft supply store or companies listed on p. 123 lumber shingles nails clapboard dowels slabs Local lumber mill or millwork companies