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  • #16
    the ones that insist i "cut them a break" (unfortunately for them) make me more steadfast in my quest to charge the normal price.

    i love the friends that insist on paying full price under the premise of "...you have to earn a living too..." hearing that rationale helps to snap me back into reality.

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    • #17
      I do give a discount:

      I am mobile and I do give friends and family a discount of 25%. There are a couple of agreements though:

      1. They have to be willing to be on 'standby' sort of like on the airlines. If I get a regular customer who needs that time spot, my friends/fam need to be willing to wait. No problems.

      2. They also are at the mercy of my schedule...I do them when I am already in the area. This has never been a problem, either!

      3. They help advertise for me. This is something they would do anyway...but this agreement helps them feel like they are giving back. :-)

      And some of my friends end up leaving nice tips b/c they got the discount. The ones who don't, it's no big deal. The 75% they did pay is still money for the business and pays for the resources. I've found that grooming my friends and family dogs is great b/c I still get money for it and while I groom I can catch up with them, chat, whatever which is really nice.

      The only person I groom for free is my mom, who has offered endless advice and emotional support LOL since I started grooming. She insists on at least paying for gas, which is nice of her. I figure if anyone has someone they offer to groom for free you should at least request the $$$ for fuel.

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      • #18
        sorry

        This is business folks.

        Even my dad who put in my windows, charged me labor.
        I would have it no other way.
        This is how he pays his bills and how we pay ours.
        The only people I give discounts to are very elderly, or familys with despertly sick members who basicly have NOTHING, and are drowning in medical bills.
        THAT I can understand.
        If you can walk around on your own power and get a job. YOU PAY.

        I do both my sister in laws three dogs.
        They actually pays me MORE than I would normally charge.
        Respect is like that.
        Even my best friend pays me to do her Beagle.
        Respect is like that.

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        • #19
          I would never ever charge my parents, grandparents, in laws or siblings.anyone else I would discount depending on how much I like them and the dog and have them come to me.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by tuttle6 View Post
            I am mobile and I do give friends and family a discount of 25%. There are a couple of agreements though:

            1. They have to be willing to be on 'standby' sort of like on the airlines. If I get a regular customer who needs that time spot, my friends/fam need to be willing to wait. No problems.

            2. They also are at the mercy of my schedule...I do them when I am already in the area. This has never been a problem, either!

            3. They help advertise for me. This is something they would do anyway...but this agreement helps them feel like they are giving back. :-)

            And some of my friends end up leaving nice tips b/c they got the discount. The ones who don't, it's no big deal. The 75% they did pay is still money for the business and pays for the resources. I've found that grooming my friends and family dogs is great b/c I still get money for it and while I groom I can catch up with them, chat, whatever which is really nice.

            The only person I groom for free is my mom, who has offered endless advice and emotional support LOL since I started grooming. She insists on at least paying for gas, which is nice of her. I figure if anyone has someone they offer to groom for free you should at least request the $$$ for fuel.
            This is brilliant.
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            • #21
              Discount but not free unless it's very close immediate family. They can't blame you. You are using your equipment and your products on these animals and you have to make up the cost for that AND your time!

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              • #22
                family & friend discount

                I'm a hard*** about discounts. I learned the hard way that one you start handing them out, it's almost impossible to stop. Plus, the more you discount a groom, the less people appreciate your services. I don't know why that's true, but it almost always is.

                If my mom lived here I'd groom her dog for free. She gave birth to me, she gets that right. Everybody else pays for grooming. I only give discounts if the person has money trouble AND if I still feel it's worth my time to groom their dog at the discounted price. Sometimes word of mouth is quite valuable; if the person is someone who's likely to talk you up to everyone they know then it's absolutely worth grooming their dog on the cheap. As long as they know not to mention their discount to anybody!

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                • #23
                  family & friend discount

                  I only do my parents dogs for free, usually in exchange for letting me and my dogs crash at their house when I am in town for a show. But everyone else pays, even my brother (even though I offer him a discount he refuses it)

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                  • #24
                    family & friend discount

                    I only do 2 people's pets for free. Mine and the vet at my second job. That is only because he takes care of me. ($65 for emergency surgery on my dobe). My friends get $5 off and ill put a fancy now in. Oh I also trade grooming with my tattoo artist but he has a bulldog so I'm the one getting the deal.

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                    • #25
                      I do my dad's shih tzu as a freebie and don't mind at all. My sister's cat was also no-charge, he was a lovely, friendly kitty though, no trouble at all. Everyone else pays, though my step-sister is discounted (a lot) for her 2 cats, but she holds them while I clip and it makes for a nice visit, since my family is long-distance from me.

                      I've given discounts to friends in the past, but it's not always been appreciated, so I've stopped. No discounts for neighbors.

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                      • #26
                        Re: family & friend discount

                        My mom does my weekly towels and I bathe her tyrannical cat once or twice a month.

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                        • #27
                          I do my parent's dogs for free because they're my retired show dogs and I co-own them with my dad. I'm prepping one for grooming competitions, and they have no say in what haircuts or styles I do. They live with him to hunt and downtown Chicago where I'm currently living is no place for 4 English Setters and my Shepherd. I also pay for their feed and occasional toys, bed, etc. My dad covers vet costs.

                          I do one friend for a discount. Her 3 dogs are my practice dogs going back to when I was in grooming school. She lets me try different patterns on the poodle and the other 2 take about 20 minutes to do. She's a vet tech at the clinic I used to work at, so they could get done by the groomer there for half off (with employee discount). She also bathes and does their nails before I get there, so it ends up being the same hourly rate I normally get after everything's prepped.

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