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How would you handle this?

Post by Bec on Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:29 pm

I've worked 4 or so times for a farmer's market this summer. I am charging them 1/2 of my normal rate because I wanted the exposure early this summer when I was short on gigs.

She texted me today and asked me to come to the market a few more times before the end of the season. She wants to pay me $15 less than what i was charging before ($100 for 3 hours). And she says she'll "feed me" which i guess she means buy me some bbq from the guy at the market.

I love bbq, but i love money more. She already knows she's getting a decent discount from my normal prices. I told her I would come to the market a few more times before she told me about the price change. I don't want to come off like a bitch but I don't know what to say. Also, this isn't a close gig, its about a 30 minute drive from my house on a weeknight. WWYD??
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Re: How would you handle this?

Post by Guest on Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:42 pm

I wouldn;t do it. Don;t sell yourself short. By the time you pay for fuel, you are barely making minimum wage.
Unless....you need the money and you explain to her that you would prefer the cash instead of the lunch.
It's only $15 out of their pockets.

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Post by CreateFaces on Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:57 pm

Don't do it! You've already given a great discount and customers hold you to the last price they paid, so you're basically setting up next year's pricing for her.
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Re: How would you handle this?

Post by Bec on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:11 pm

thanks guys. I texted her back and said

"I hate to be like this but $100 is already way less than I normally charge. Its a long drive and I also have to get someone to watch my kids."

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Re: How would you handle this?

Post by JBax on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:15 pm

Good job!
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Re: How would you handle this?

Post by Tash on Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:04 pm

What is with people???
"oh I found this awesome face painter and now I'm going to try and get her on the cheap!"
Seriously?? sheesh!
Your text was perfect - not much she can say to that - and it's true!
In your next msg you should put -
Cheap face painting is not good - Good face painting is not cheap.

I'm getting a sign made up saying this for the big festival I've got coming up.
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Re: How would you handle this?

Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:29 pm

Well said! I will remember that line! And I totally agree, that is WAY too cheap! You do great work and shouldn't sell yourself short like that.
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Re: How would you handle this?

Post by Gretchen on Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:37 pm

Good reply! If you de-value your work, so will your clients. Better to stick to your pricing and remind her she's already getting a special deal, and as a courtesy to her, you decided not to RAISE your prices this year! You also could remind her that you are turning down full-paying gigs in order to attend the farmer's market.
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Re: How would you handle this?

Post by Psalmbook on Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:53 pm

Good for you!
Tash, I love your sign & will use it!
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