Kudos, Goodnightdj! I just want to say that I do agree with you...and very eloquently written.Goodknightdj said:Man, you up and changed tactics on me. Here I was ready to come in with fire and brimstone.
Drax, this is where you and I differ.
I honestly believe that telling a prospective client to cut items top afford their entertainment is overly presumptive for an entertainment service. I just can't see me doing that.
Now, the ones that pay full price do not get hosed. They are just paying full price because they saw the value and could afford it.
And I as well but sometimes they might have the right value but the wrong funding. If the funding they have is above my cost of production, then I am willing to work with them and not cut the basic service offered. If they can’t get above the cost of production, then I simply don’t have the ability to work with them; I am not going to loose money.DJ Dr. Drax said:I am looking for the client that places an appropriate value upon entertainment.
You see it as leaving money on the table and I see it as working with the client to make their dream happen.
I guess the other difference between us is that you look at it with only the eyes of a business person. To me it is much more than a business.
Yes, I am going to do the things to make it sustainable; that is, expenses met. Yes, I am going to make sure that each event meets the profit margin I have defined. And, yes, I am even going to add in fluff on top of that so that I can actually be among the higher priced DJs in the area. But, this is also a thing I do for enjoyment, not a hobby, enjoyment. I enjoy DJing. I enjoy helping folks begin a new life together with a, well, bang is the only word I can think of. With that in mind, if they can't afford the price but can afford something over the cost of production, I'll work with them.