There is a reason I pay plumbers, electricians and car mechanics to work on my stuff. They're not hacks(usually) like me.
That's called an Expensive Lesson in most businesses.
It's like someone doing their own plumbing work to "save a few bucks." They botch the job and end up having to call in a pro. It would've been cheaper to call 'em in the first place. If you think plumbers, electricians, mechanics, etc., are overpaid, you should try doing that work for a week. Your opinion will change.
I am an audio professional primarily. But overseeing the networks & AV installations in a small convention ctr. is what pays the bills these days. My tour days are long over, but would consider another one for an unreasonably high fee and a very well-known artist.i don't think you actually said what service you provide...
The professionals here know where they want the market price of their work to be because they don't do it for free and nobody wants to just break even. I get that; I charge a high price for my experience for the same reason.
This thread is the opposite side of the amp/MFX/whatever threads where a half-dozen people make pronouncements that the product shouldn't be priced a nickel above what is, essentially, the cost of the parts. Never mind that getting the product onto the shelves took the work of professionals who did everything from painting the enclosure to developing the software running inside and the hardware it runs on. Those people want to be paid for their experience, too.
Hope you don’t get punished too badly. But yeah my luck runs about the same.I've just finished a job where the client was very appreciative of my experience and input, and our respective roles were clear. They also paid promptly. I'll probably get punished for it somehow with the next job
I’m SO GLAD you were still on the email chain. How incredibly gratifying. I deal with a lot of this as an experienced graphic designer. My prices are often ‘too high.’ It would be so wonderful to have that experience of vindication after the fact.I was actually told by a prospective client for an a Cappella festival that I am too expensive & rentals are cheaper. I would agree that rentals are indeed cheaper, but that's where it ends.
Maybe you can. But...does it come with an operator with 40+ years experience in the craft or will you just find whoever to trust your show to? Can your guy even set it up per Barbershop Harmony Society standards & still get sound to the back of the room? And do monitors? And do a webcast off a 3rd mix? Will your guy travel the 3 hours to the venue & pay for his own room?
You're not paying me for the time I am there. You are paying me for the success of your show, backed by decades of experience and my professional reputation.
So the show went on without me. The client forgot to remove me from the email group & I was able to find out they had a bad experience with the $500 guy and a music store no-name rental system, and that they should have hired the $1500 guy (me) that has a suitable system and understands what's going on.
Thanks for listening. Spoiler Alert: the next quote they get from me will be for even more $$.