I think I need a reality check on some gumpaste flowers. I am at a loss at how to charge for them, and then how much time I should be allotting to making them. I have a love/hate relationship with the darn things! I really enjoy making them and I think that I do a really nice job on them, but I just end up spending too darn long on them for the price that I am charging.
So my reality check question is trying to figure out how much an arrangement of flowers like this one i recently did be charged based on how much time you would spend making them by hand. I don't think that I can compare them to mail order flowers because these are thinner than the flowers that I have ordered (and also with the lower prices that come with larger produced items).
For my business, I charge a basic $3.50/serv buttercream and $4.50/serv fondant as base prices (though buttercream may be going up now that I am fully baking from scratch and moving towards fresh fruits and SMBC). And then I add on details work for other design items like flowers and sculptural items/figures.
This swag had one x-large, four large, and three medium roses with a bit of greenery. I charged $45 and it took me about 5 hours to do. Obviously that isn't a proper return on time, so another backwards way of looking at is, based on a fair market price, how long should I be taking to make something like this? I don't want to be overcharging customers based on being a bit slow in production, however if you think the work warrants a higher price, then what would that price be?
Should I consider having two tiers of flowers, like a stylized flower choice and then the full blown, botanical lovelies? (maybe if I learned to make a rose the right way, I wouldn't find myself going overboard and spending hours and hours on them).
Thanks for your insight. I appreciate it.