Henna-ing in people's homes?

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Posted by Alissa on July 2, 2001 at 23:37:15:

I would love some feedback about the practice of going to people's
home to work on them. I've just started doing this for clients for
the past few months, and so far if I don't know them or the person
who referred them to me very well, I don't meet them in my home. I
also live very out of the way in the mountains outside town, so not
everyone wants to take the drive out here. However, I will agree to
meet them at a local coffee shop in town who are cool with me
painting on folks there (great exposure and I keep the good karma
flowing by always donating a percentage of what I make to their tip
jar before leaving!)

However, I have also gone to people's homes to work on them. Granted,
I've been biased and only done this for female clients (I know,
that's not a good "safety" indicator) but I've also had very good
results by trusting my intuition about the situation and if I get the
bad vibe, insisting on the coffee shop or some other public place to
work instead.

I don't want, nor am ready, to take the personal salon route for
myself, not even a booth at a beauty parlour. Appointments for
individual clients (in my home or sometimes theirs, or the shop),
doing festivals, and lecturing/painting for teen programs has pretty
much incorporated all of my personal experience so far. Have I been
naive agreeing to go to homes and do parties and such? The previous
post touching on the issue got me to thinking and I would love some
feedback about others' experiences and solutions. (And yes, I've read
Catherine's "Professional Artist" page also, very full of good advice
I might add.)

What do you guys think?


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