We all get a lot of these calls, or emails, inquiring about our services, which end with the common, "we are on a really tight budget, and only and $peanuts to spend on a DJ. Can you help us out??"
If that number is below the amount you have hopefully predetermined to be below a reasonable profittable amount for your services, the answer should always be NO.
Okay, that's said a lot, but I want to put a light on it that I thought of recently.
Here's the exceptions:
1. If it is for a charity event, where you actually might be helping to save actually lives by helping them raise money for a cause, like actual starving children, or cancer, or Juvenile Diabetes, etc... I am doing a benefit for free next month. I only do a certain number a year, because I need to make a profit, so I choose one or two I believe in, under direction of organizers who I really believe in.
Ever other event, period, is a WANT, not a NEED. And that is important to remember, and to put into perspective. You are not going to be personally responsible for so and so complete stranger having their reception ruined because you wouldn't do it for them, for $150. There are plenty of receptions that go on every year with NO DJ at all, just fine. They are a lot more fun with a Good DJ, but they are not ruined. Even if they get a cheap DJ for $150, and that guy does ruin it... that is their choice, and no children died of starvation, no one died of cancer because you were not there. If either of those was the case, then you'd have a reason to rescue, but that is not the case.
DJ service is a complete WANT, not a NEED. When something is a WANT, there is no need for charity, or for providing the WANT for less than what is profitable for you, or worth your time.
Whatever that amount is, that is profitable and worth your time, that is your business, so I will put no number on it. I am someone who believes that economies are different for different areas, even within the same country... but just make sure you reason it out, and get what you are worth
Happy Friday, my friends