Last Saturday was the third show I did this year where the client handed me more money than I asked for. Also got 4 calls this week that were referrals from previous clients and two were large multi band events. One offered me twice what I would have quoted before I even got a chance to quote it. Time to raise my prices? I think so.
Bands in my area are only willing to spend about $200-250 max for sound
That strategy is very difficult to make work. Once you establish your reputation of low prices, it's pretty tough to shake that. If you can do a job for a client this year for a low price, they aren't going to be happy if you double it next year. You'll end up losing that client, and be no better off than if you had started with your pricing where it needs to be.Now, working up the ladder on the type of events you can do is a strategy that can work. Simple bar jobs are a starting point, and the pay matches that. But once you move up and beyond that, you can forget about continuing to do those jobs, because the $$ don't work out long term.When setting pricing, using the formula equipment + transportation + Labor is an important formula. Don't let the customer dictate the price. If they won't pay what it COSTS for you to do the job, don't take it. This is a business. Make some $$ at it, or get out of the way.
Is it normal for bands to arrange and pay for the sound hire in the US? Over here (England) the venue or promoter usually deals with it.Steve.
Last Saturday was the third show I did this year where the client handed me more money than I asked for. Also got 4 calls this week that were referrals from previous clients and two were large multi band events. One offered me twice what I would have quoted before I even got a chance to quote it. Time to raise my prices? I think so.I should mention I am in a very low priced market, and most of you would call me a "bottom feeder" based on my prices but I was trying to establish a reputation for quality work with the intention of getting referrals because of it.
How cheap have you been working? I'm up in Harrisburg and trying to figure out what the hell happened to our market?
Last 3 shows I did were $250, $200 and $300. Last 3 I bid and got were $285, $400 and $700. I price based on a 15 mile radius of York and shows are always outside that so I'm always tacking on additional travel at $25/hr. I never get any calls from Harrisburg area. I mean 1 so far. That was my second show and I did it for $100. Band has rehired me for more since then and then broke up. Everything currently being booked is west of me.
if you dont have a local embbroiderer $20 from vistaprint and it arrives in your mail 10 days later.
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