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Hi I got a job

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TheHoppes9Cologne, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. bigred1

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    Too obvious huh?
     
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  2. Timmy59

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    No, I was just thinking you were a lightweight.. LOL..
     
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  3. TheHoppes9Cologne

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    That indeed is a shame, I just got done cleaning a marlin 60 (mine) and a savage 111 today (brothers Rifle).... it felt great to strip and clean the firearms in question, wish I had a way clean more of them :] anyone know how much one should charge as a beginner (material costs and overhead?)
     
  4. Snattlerake

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    https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/gunsmithing/cost-gunsmith-work-250718/

    Cost of Gunsmith work

    I have some that ask why does it cost so must to do the work
    Most Gunsmith do the work as a labor of love.

    Here is why

    1. A good to excellent gunsmith can work as Journeyman machinist in repair from $25.00 to $45.00 per hour in some else shop.
    2. insurance per month is $2,000 to $4,000
    3. Rent $500.00 and up
    4. Power and gas $300.00 and up
    5. Water and garbage $100.00
    6. Licenses in CA. first Year $700.00
    7. Advertising, Phone lines and Internet $100.00 to $1000 per month
    8. health insurance $1,000
    9. Lost time on phone, email and counter 35%

    I have list the 9 most common costs.
    one month there is only 170 hours this how it come out on cost

    1. 170 hours X $35.00 per hour $5,950.00
    2. insurance for one month........$3,000.00
    3. Rent for one month..............$1,000.00
    4. Power and gas...................... $300.00
    5. Water and garbage ................$100.00
    6. Licenses in CA. $700.00/12====$58.00
    7. Advertising $400.00
    8. health insurance $1,000
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    Total ==================$11,808.00
    9. Lost time on phone, email and counter 35% or only work for 110 hours per month.

    Cost per hour is $11,808/110 hours = $107 per hour
    I do not know of any gunsmith that charges that high no one would have the work done. Just buy a new firearm.
    Most of my work is done at $40.00 to $60.00 an hour good luck getting $60.00 hour

    Dave / Gunsmith
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    Just a sample of what's out there.

    Volume = income
    Backlog = life
    Do not be like other trades and price yourself into a hole. You want an income not a sustenance.
     
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  5. TheHoppes9Cologne

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    So as a noobie I should theoretically charge 25 to 35 dollars an hour per client until I'm known and experienced?
     
  6. bigred1

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    Guess I gotta clean my own. Thanks anyway.
     
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  7. TheHoppes9Cologne

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    Darn already losing customers.... -_- well I dont mind doing it for a box or two of ammo or components :] hows that sound?
     
  8. Cohiba

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    I don't know anything about it nor do I know of anyone who has attended:

    Murray State College Gunsmithing Program
    https://www.mscok.edu/academics/departments/gunsmithing-technology

    I believe in your first post/starter post you mentioned you were "young". If so and no family go to this college ...get a loan , grant, or work anything in the area and go to this college. Scroll down on the page I posted/mscok and watch their video.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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  9. TheHoppes9Cologne

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    Maybe down the road when I have the income to put in... at the moment this would be done on my free time as to add to my experience and to supplement my dream
     
  10. blake711

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    Have to agree with that. If your not married and no kids. Work whatever job/s you have to save as much as possible and move as soon as possible. The minute you have a wife and kids responsibilities change everything.
     
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