Re: Could use some ideas on offering services to stoes or coffee shops...

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Posted by Kenzi on May 17, 2002 at 17:03:46:

In reply to: Could use some ideas on offering services to stoes or coffee shops... posted by Erika on May 17, 2002 at 16:16:13:

I think there is definitely a market for such services so I think it
would be worth your while. Many places can easily see how
having you there would enhance their business but others may
need a little more convincing. Most places want a % of your
sales (anywhere from 10-50% but I would insist on giving them
10-30%). That is one incentive to them. Another is that your
presence doing something interesting will attract people to their
store/cafe and keep them around, hopefully

As for pricing, I suggest setting a minimum price; I have a $10
minimum because it keeps the littlest kids out of the game (tho I
give in to doing $5 designs for kids if they are really can be a tough game because they smudge their
designs more than anyone else so you end up spending more
time on one of these $5 designs than a $20 design for an adult).
Once you have your base price set look through your books and
start thinking about how much you would charge for each. You
don't have to label each design with a price but it helps to have a
general idea. Also, you might want to incorporate your
commission into your prices so that you are getting what you
deserve for your work. So a design that is $20 on the street
might be $25 in a store/cafe.

Another important thing to set up is to have a friend who sits with
you, at least for the first hour, and gets hennaed; this attracts
other people and you will soon have a line! I did a gig with Anne
last night and we got things going with her hennaing me and
before she could really get going with the design we had a line of
people bugging us for henna!

Good luck and let us know how it goes. I would love to hear
about your experiences and what you have learned that might be
useful for the rest of us.


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