11 Things You Should Know BEFORE You Become the Resident Reader at your Local Metaphysical Shop
Hey ho Palmistry Pro! If you’ve done your homework and decided to start your own business (see my post on 14 Things You Should Know before starting your biz here) you may be itching to get a gig as the “resident reader” at your local metaphysical shop.
If you’re lucky enough to have a metaphysical shop in your area, being a resident reader can be a wonderful way to build a clientele, fine-tune your readings and even network with others in complementary professions. Every shop has its own vibe and quirks so it’s a good idea to do your homework before you settle in to the comfy back reading room. To make it easier for you to decide if the shop is a fit for you, here are 11 questions to answer before you commit.
- What’s the pay structure? It’s not awkward to have the money talk up front. The person who owns the shop is a business owner and you are a business owner too. Presumably you both want to deliver outstanding service to clients but if you don’t both want to make money, you’ll be back working for someone else in short order. The most common pay structure I’ve seen on the East Coast of the US include a 60/40 breakdown and a shop standard for reading rates. (you get the 60%, the shop gets 40%).
- What kind of insurance, if any, does the shop require? This is not a universal request but some shops will ask you to prove that you cover liability insurance that covers you in case an angry customer comes back blaming you and the shop for her bad financial investment or something similar. I’m not an insurance agent but we do have several recommendations about insurance coverage in the Profitable Palmist Private Group on Facebook.
- What special events will you be required to attend? Often shops have anniversary parties, holiday events and psychic fairs that are part of their marketing effort to build their customer base and show customer appreciation and they like their readers to be present. Find out before you sign on what those events are and if they conflict with any of your family traditions or trips.
- What’s the pay scale for special events? Many shops pay a lower fee for your readings at psychic fairs and events because they are charging special pricing for their customers. Usually your readings will be 10-15 minutes in length and you will be given a flat fee for the number of readings done at the event. Make sure this is a fit for you financially, especially if you’ll be missing out on New Year’s Eve with your honey to be there!
- How will they market your readings and what are you expected to do to bring in customers? Will you be writing a column for their website or newsletter? Does the shop do reader introductions to their loyal customers? What’s your responsibility for bringing people into the shop during your reading hours.
- Will you have a set schedule or by appointment only? Some shops want you to come in every third Tuesday regardless if they have bookings or not. Make sure you are cool with sitting in the shop when it’s slow and do your best to build up word of mouth to avoid feeling bored and underutilized! If you work by appointment only find out how far in advance they require appointments to be made and
- What’s their policy on no-shows? If the shop collects a deposit at the time an appointment is made, there is less likelihood of no-shows! If they have a deposit and the client doesn’t show, what percentage of the deposit do you get?
- Is the shop the kind of place your favorite type of clients would hang out? Spend some time looking around at the shop and getting to know their products and other services. Is what you see a match to your general way of working in the world? We all have a personal style or “vibe” and making sure that yours gels with the shop is an important factor.
- Do you feel like you want to tell the shop owner how to run his/her place? Sometimes you can tell that a shop has a ton of potential and your little helper heart just wants to jump in and assist in marketing, recommending products or other services. While it’s really nice of you to genuinely want to help, it’s important to remember that it’s not your shop. If you’re not asked, don’t meddle.
- Is this shop in a neighborhood or location that feels good to you and your perfect people? If you have to drive 40 miles each way to get to the shop, it may or may not be the best fit for you. Same goes if it’s in a strip mall surrounded by hamburger joints if you’re a vegetarian. Just make sure you and your perfect people find it worth your while to head out there!
- Is this shop going to be in business for the long haul? I know, you’re a palm-reader, not a psychic! Still, use your best judgment to decide if this shop owner is in the business for quick cash or to build a sustainable community mainstay.
Alright! Now you’re ready to decide whether or not being the resident reader at your local metaphysical shop is a perfect fit for you!