I was overdue to order yarn to sell and I finally got around to it this morning. Except they cut me off. Apparently, there are a few discrepancies between my interpretation of the contract and the spinnery's. According to them, a "store" is a physical building with set hours and I was supposed to read between the lines that it was necessary to sell yarn at the retail price they use. I was very nice on the phone and I understand why they don't want to compete directly with me, but I would have appreciated these differences clarified a bit earlier. Well, I suppose I don't really, since I wouldn't have been able to sell the yarn at all. Now there's a large group of soaker WAHMs who love this yarn and will probably pay the higher prices to the spinnery in order to obtain it--the sellers should be grateful that I expanded their customer base. I always figured that they were willing to let other retail their yarn (even online, when they sell online too) because it would reach people that otherwise wouldn't hear about it. So it goes. Truth be told, I don't mind that much. I felt foolish while talking to them, but it was their own omissions that led to the confusion. I never would have lied about my prices. The owner is the most terse person I've ever worked with--it was hard to get information of any kind out of her, let alone a detailed explanation of the contract. I was getting a bit burned out on all the shipping--that's not as bad as balling, though. I figured that balling the yarn was my only added value and I ought to keep offering it. I was thinking about raising my prices if I kept selling much longer anyway. Now that I'm seriously considering the contract project with my old boss, having the extra time and less stress over checking for new orders makes me feel more confident in taking on something new. We're approaching slow knitting season--I hardly had any orders from December-February last year and even if I have higher demand this time, I can control the number of orders I take on. I was definitely going to take a yarn selling break when the baby came, too. It just seems like the timing is coming together for everything.
I talked to the ex-boss today and couldn't get him to tell me a dollar figure for consulting. Essentially he wants me to name a price so he can use that to determine whether I'm the right person for the job. He mentioned that someone already offered $75/hr and he thought that was over the top given that this will be a data crunching Access or Excel report that doesn't require any really skilled computer knowledge. He also said that the student without analysis experience was rejected pretty quickly, too. I think that if I send a resume and show that I want to do it, he'd hire me, a fairly skilled former employee over an unknown with questionable skills. So, can anyone help me name that price? I'm leaning towards $40/hr. If they squawk at that, I'd be willing to go a bit lower. I don't want to undervalue myself but I don't want to be laughed at, either. The project will take 100-130 hours over December and January. I figured out that $30/hr would pay the midwife fees--anything over that could cover Christmas presents. I like the idea of not having those one-time things come out of our budget. Once I found out I could do the project in Excel, it answered the question of whether I was capable of doing the work. It will also be something I can do almost entirely on my own, from home, which was better than I expected. And it has to finish in January, so I don't run the risk of going downtown 38 weeks pregnant to complete it. This is an annual report, so I might be able to turn it into yearly work.
I guess I'm up for a new challenge and we're at that perfect balance of Peter being old enough, and my being pregnant enough, but not too pregnant, to pull it off.
Now, to dig out that 2.5 year old resume...