# How to calculate labour charges on material provided ?

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1. ### CandleartSenior IL'ite

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Please help me as I am new in business and have been contacted to make candles in bulk. All material ,design,labels, packaging will be provided by the buyer. I have to make the candles according to specifications and design ,label and pack them in boxes and send.
The problem is how do calculate my labour charges ? According to design and flat making charges ? I will have to employ help to do this as there will be a delivery date etc.

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2. ### archana.kcGold IL'ite

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The labour is charged on a piece basis or a batch basis.

When you study some material and labour costing, you will coem across a concept on job costing. This is the technique tailors use. They charge you for a job ( means stitching a blouse). Here, you pay them individually. This is also called piece costing.

When you buy a batch of buns from a bakery, you pay for a batch. This is called batch costing.

If the designs, the end product is similar ( 6 candles in a box), then you can charge them on a batch. Or if it is one particular candle, then on a piece.

My advise would be to stick to a combination - say for x nos of candles in Design A, it would be Rs. 100. For x nos of candles in a combo of Design A and Design B it will be Rs. 150.

If he has given you designs, then it makes your job easier!

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Dear Archana.kc,
Thanks a lot,this is what I needed to know.You have solved my problem and the formula given is excellent.

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Great! So have you sent in the order? And where are you based out of in india?

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