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Help support the local economy by engaging with small businesses and freelancers. By working with a NextFab member, you can enjoy a one-on-one experience with designers and fabricators with a diverse skill set.

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    FAQ's

    When and where are NextFab’s Contract Services available?

    NextFab’s Contract Services team is based out of our 2025 Washington Ave location in Philadelphia. Our hours are Monday through Friday 10am-6pm. We will make every effort to respond to your inquiry within two business days.

    What if my project does not qualify as a Contract Services job?

    We can still find someone to help you out, even if we don’t take on the job ourselves! We have plenty of members eager to take on projects using our online Jobs Board. You can also become a member and learn how to create your project yourself.

    What's the difference between the Jobs Board and NextFab’s Contract Services?

    The Jobs Board allows you to work directly with NextFab members whereas hiring our Contract Services team lets you work with our team of skilled staff.

    If you’re looking to work with a local artist, designer, or fabricator, the Jobs Board is the place for you. If your project doesn’t fit into one of the categories in our Contract Inquiry form or meet our minimum budgets it could be a good candidate. Our members collectively have a different set of skills and expertise than our staff and they can often take on projects that we can’t.

    Our Contract Services team loves a good challenge, so we’re usually looking for projects that are advanced, large scale, or boutique design/production. Check out our portfolio of case studies for a sample of our latest work to see if your idea aligns, and then get a quote here.
    We typically do not take on projects where the idea is not clearly defined enough, nor do we do mass production jobs.

    Who can hire Contract Services and use the Jobs Board?

    Anyone can submit a Contract Inquiry or post a project on the Jobs Board.

    NextFab members can view the posted project on the Jobs Board.  The ability to contact clients through the Jobs Board is not available to Pilot or Community level members.

    What role does NextFab play in the project if I choose to hire a member?

    None. NextFab is only providing the venue for you to connect with one of our talented members. The member you hire is solely responsible for the result of the project.

    How will members get in contact with me if they’re interested in my project?

    You will receive an email to the address that you supply when your job is posted. Your name and email address are not visible until you reply to an email sent by the member.

    How will I be able to assess the quality of the member’s work who contacts me about my project?

    Members are able to provide links to their portfolio or website and describe how they plan to complete your project to help you assess their ability. You may also follow up with requests for more information as you see fit.

    What information will be visible to members viewing my project on the Jobs Board?

    Members will only see the information that you supply about the project (title, description, attachments, budget, schedule). Your name and email address are not visible until you reply to an email sent by a member.

    I no longer see the project I posted a few weeks ago. What happened?

    Projects are automatically deleted 14 days after they are posted. We do this because we don’t want members spending time to contact clients who are already working with someone or are no longer interested in having the project completed. You are always welcome to post the project again.

    I’ve connected with a member on my project. Do I need to do anything to the job post?

    You may want to consider resubmitting the project with adjusted budget or schedule. Those are important variables that members will consider when assessing the project. It’s also possible that NextFab doesn’t have the right equipment to complete your project. Feel free to book a quick consult call with NextFab’s Contract Services team to discuss whether this may be the case. Please note that projects are automatically deleted 14 days after they are posted. We do this because we don’t want members spending time to contact clients who are already working with someone or are no longer interested in having the project completed.

    What if I’m contacted by multiple members about my project?

    You will have the opportunity to choose which person is the best fit for your project.

    How will I pay for the project? Do I need to place a deposit?

    That’s something that you and the person you hire will need to establish. A deposit is typically requested to cover material costs at a minimum.

    Can I come to NextFab to witness fabrication of my project?

    That’s up to the person you choose to hire. NextFab does allow members to bring guests into our facilities. Visitors are not permitted to operate equipment.