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Post by PainterGRL on Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:38 am

How do you nicely tell someone your price is set? I have a lady that commented on one of my face painting ads on FB asking if I "would do it for $50" (I charge $60/hr since I'm new) and I want to say no. I almost want to explain to her why but I also don't know how to word it
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Post by ArtStylez on Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:20 pm

Someone on FB had same issue but hers was $100 and they wanted $50. She said she was sorry that she cannot match half her price. Mainly it was believed the person wanted her quality at a low price. I had someone who lived an hour away want me to do a community picnic but thought I was too much. I responded with "Hey there, well if you have another event that I meet your budget, feel free to contact me! Thank you..." I wasn't going to lower my price any further and many replied to me saying not to.

There's a few blogs I have read on situations like this, they are a bit old but maybe they can help:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjL6rqG4OHNAhWKdD4KHWYWA90QFggqMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpaintertainment.blogspot.com%2F2014%2F03%2Fyou-charge-how-much-per-hour-why-its.html&usg=AFQjCNFkPcxFugOYHiKSUXYvoYIhD2y2Nw&sig2=ZDz6TVRDjUB-DXBhAeL1Fw

https://annawilinski.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/the-business-side-of-face-painting-the-reality-of-rates/
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Post by PainterGRL on Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:25 pm

Thanks for the links ArtStylez. They helped remind me how much I've put into this! Lol. My boyfriend gave me the same advice only a little more blunt lol. He said "just say your price is set, there's no nice way to say it."
I just hate that I might be losing a job. Lol
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Post by ArtStylez on Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:52 pm

It sucks on losing one but you get more along the way. At least that's what I keep telling myself lol
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Post by Snazzy12 on Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:21 pm

I would explain as much as you would like to lower your price you would be loosing $ because the cost of professional paints and other necessities to provide a fantastic face paint party are very expensive

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Re: How do you stay firm on prices?

Post by anniel on Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:24 pm

You can always lower your price, and let them know you have to tack on a travel fee/insurance/materials and with that it can bump you up to the original, but she got her discounted rate...hehe...
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Re: How do you stay firm on prices?

Post by Kal on Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:39 am

Stand Firm... You're not losing a job, you're saving yourself a headache; especially if the client isn't willing to pay another $10 for good quality face painting.
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Re: How do you stay firm on prices?

Post by Kris5115 on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:36 am

$60 is already a good rate! Don't go for less.

One option is to offer a discount for a longer period of time like $60/hour for 2 hours but $160 for 3 hours and $200 for 4 hours. I love longer gigs.

For each event there is time:
preparing for event (design board, supplies, loading car, etc.)
driving to/from event
setting up/tearing down
cleaning up (washing brushes/sponges, restocking kit, etc.)

These hidden activities don't factor into an hourly rate so if you spend 1.5 hours on them for a 1 hour gig at $60 it is like $60 for 2.5 hours or $24 per hour. A 4 hour gig at $200 would really be 5.5 hours of your time or $36 per hour. And the customer feels like they got a good deal at $50/hour.
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Re: How do you stay firm on prices?

Post by Laura-Lou on Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:20 am

Don't do it! Stay firm!

I used to charge 30 an hour when I started and I had a lot of people turning me down for bookings. Put the prices up to 50 an hour and now I very rarely have people turn me down.

I find higher prices demand some respect and an expectation that you're a top professional.
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Re: How do you stay firm on prices?

Post by SugarLandArt on Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:07 pm

I agree with kris 60 is already a good rate dont sell yourself short

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