getting paid for your work

getting paid

Something I talk with my course participants about is the importance of charging for your dreadlock services – even with friends.

If you are new to having a dreadlock business, or currently wondering what to charge friends, read on………
Being a good loctician involves a lot of skill, speed and practice. I personally have been practicing this art for over 20 years and it is thru trial and error that i am where I am today – happy and content with my business.
Some of my friends have dreads and some of my clients have become friends (the boundaries often get blurred with me….)

But the one thing that IS a constant is that dreadlocking is my job. It is my money maker. It is how I live. Given that we live in a society that trades with money, I need money to live. Therefore – I need to charge for my services. Plus I know I deserve to charge for my services. I am fast and good at what i do and I deserve payment.

If I have a friend who is, for example, a massage therapist, I would not expect her/him to give me a free massage just because we are friends. I would recognise that this person does this for a living and I would schedule myself in for an appointment as would any of their clients.
Work is work – and no matter what you do, you deserve to be paid accordingly.
If you start giving ‘freebies’ or ‘mates-rates’ to friends you will eventually start to wonder where to draw the line. Who are your friends and who are your clients…..?

Have one price that is the same for everyone, that way there is no confusion or expectation from anyone.

If you want to exchange services – then that is of course up to you to negotiate. If I am charging $60 per hour for my maintenance and my massage therapist friend is charging $100 per hour – then I could get a massage in exchange for one hour and 40 mins of maintenance. I have done that and it has worked out fine.

Sam x

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7 Responses to “getting paid for your work”

  1. bosai.org July 9, 2013 7:09 am
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    This amazing article, “getting paid for your work | the dread shed” displays that you
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  2. sam July 9, 2013 10:19 am
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    Thanks Philomena :)

  3. Karen July 31, 2013 4:53 pm
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    Sam, should you collect your money before starting a persons dreads? I can just see standing and working for hours then when done they say ” oh I have half the money and will bring the other half this Friday when I get paid,then you never get paid. I done things before and got this kind of response. Some try anything to get something free.
    How do you make sure you get paid?

    • Andrea September 22, 2013 1:12 pm
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      that’s what she most often associated with drdaes- the fact that they were never very clean and often smelled. I don’t think the LOOK of them is weird or anything! Just not for me though!

      • sam September 22, 2013 6:54 pm
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        They’re not for everyone :)

  4. sam July 31, 2013 5:04 pm
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    Karen, thats a really good question.
    Personally I have NEVER (touch wood) had that happen, though it would be really awful indeed!
    I have been making dreads for a very long long time and honestly I’ve never had this issue. I wonder if there is a reason you have this thought and if it has happened to you?
    Maybe if you having an issue with this you could ask for a deposit prior to the appointment and be clear that the remainder is due on the day of the appointment.
    I offer a professional service and I work in an environment that also looks professional (to a point) – so I think that gives a clear message that this service that I provide is my business, like any other business. And like any other business, I do not give credit.
    If you were working at a market or something you can tell your client the price per hour (or however you charge) and let them know that you do (or dont) have EFTPOS facilities and, “Will that be a problem?”
    I hope this helps.
    Sam :)

    • Jolanta September 22, 2013 8:03 am
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      I’m with you. I have no issues whveostaer letting my kids do anything they want to their hair. It’s just hair! Especially for boys, if it doesn’t work out or they hate it, you can shave it all and start over and guess what…it will grow back, haha! I had dredlocks when I was a teenager and I had very bright red hair for a long time. My husband had every color of the rainbow, he had his very curly hair professionally straightened (NOT a good look, haha), and had a very big afro for a while. Who cares? If our oldest asks for blue hair or a mohawk (which he has had) or hair down to his butt (which he is working on), I won’t say no. It’s just hair!