Just can’t remember the damn word

Or phrase perhaps.

So, piecework, when you give out the materials, get the people to do the work, pay per piece completed.

OK. But there’s another phrase for when you go up a level. The “merchant” is still providing materials and thus some part of the capital. Plus the marketing. But there’s this other phrase. Putting out maybe? The point being that it’s a step up in complexity to piecework. To an artisan, a craftsman.

Know a bloke just starting to do this with carpets, hand woven. Not that I want to invest or anything. I’m just trying to find the phrase. He’s a libertarianish economics type too but neither of us can recall the phrase, him understandably as English isn’t his first language.

Anyone know it, the phrase?

Aha! Putting Out, that’s it.

16 comments on “Just can’t remember the damn word

  1. Out-workers was what we used to call them, but not necessarily highly skilled, just meant people who worked from home,

    piecework can apply to normal factory work, just means pay is calculated by task completed/article made rather than time on the job.

  2. Piecework – popular in factories in past times – I understand means an individual being paid a fixed price per item they produce irrespective of how long it takes, unlike hourly rate paid for time engaged irrespective of output.

    It meant lazy workers did not get the same reward as their more industrious colleagues, often leading to disagreements and resentment in the work place and avoided everyone’s output decreasing to the level of the laziest.

  3. Well call it “free issue” , we send material to subby he makes the parts and we pay for them, any excess is returned.

    Or have I read it wrong?

  4. @Tim N,

    Hair: purple, red, pink OK with me – warm colours. Don’t like blue, green or pastels – cool colours.

  5. Putting-out is a rather obscure & archaic term to use when Sub-Contacting imo is the same and more widely understood.

    Putting-out also has the unwanted, I’d assume, connection to females supplying sex for reward.

  6. +John B I was the cost accountant in a garment factory and all the women in the make-up section worked piecework. They made an absolute fortune. They liked overtime which was paid per hour on top of their piece rate. The pattern cutters were girls straight out of school and didn’t need an incentive other than KITA.

  7. When in doubt, consult the master. In Pratchett’s Making Money, the people who made coins at home were outworkers.

    So djc has it.

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