Whoopie Cushions don't grow on trees
When I first started my business oh sooooooo long ago, my best friend had also started her career as a teacher.
We had met up one day and were talking about our new careers and she disdainfully asked me how I could “dare charge so much for only one hour of work?” At this point we switched roles and I became the teacher. You see she had only ever worked for other people or companies in her previously employed years and had no understanding of what it costs to run a business. To her I was just a person dressed in a costume for Halloween. Here is the skeletal outline I gave her of some of the considerations for time and cost that go into running my business.
Costume & make up. To be CLaroL costs $2500.00 head to toe. I have 6 costumes & three pair of shoes and wigs because I work that much.
Gas, car and insurance to & from the venue.
Advertising and promotion, phone book, print and online etc.
General office supplies, computer, paper, stamps, etc.
Supplies; balloons, face paint, magic tricks, music, sound systems, pumps, etc.
Professional development: classes and updating of my skills and talent. Check out my resume and biography for my educational background.
Talent: Hey not everyone can do what I do.
Time: For every one hour birthday party I do I actually work 3hours –not including office time sending out confirmations/invoices etc.
Office Time: Book keeping, selling and gathering work, writing blogs etc.
One year later I performed at that same friend’s son’s 5th birthday party – she the teacher who dealt with 20 kids a day for an entire school year was flabbergasted. For it was I “the clown” not the teacher who kept sixteen 5 year olds entertained and occupied, I got them to listen, have fun, open the presents in a calm manner, and got everyone one to the table without a mad race to the cake. Her response “I could never do what you do! You are worth every cent”. My response to her "I could never be a teacher – they are worth every cent too".
PS She’s probably correcting the grammar on this blog right now!