Maybe I'm out of line here, but it's midnight and I just received this email from 'Sue'...
Hey, I just got in, and figured it was way too late to call.
I was with my Mom today, who has Alzheimer's, at doctor's appointments.
I talked to my husband, Bill, and there was a mixup with who he was supposed to call (new contacts). But, I was also mixed up because I thought you meant $xx per hour, not $xx total.
Facepainters overhead is SO much that I really won't be making anything at all, considering gas and supplies. My labor will be almost free.
When you do parties, what's your rate? Mine's $ an hour, and I'm undercutting *everyone,* the usual is at least $ but can go as high as $! The reason I ask, is because $ an hour might be a good investment if I book parties out of it, but no one's going to want to book me if they can book a balloon wrangler for $/hr.
Is the traffic high at this restaurant? What's the flow?
Since you already set this up, and it was a communication snafu, there's no way I'm going to leave you hanging. I'll still do it, you can smooth your contact's ruffled feathers and tell him it was just a misunderstanding. If you would rather us call back, let me know.
But yeah, that's why Bill was so surprised--$/hour is what we'd charge a charity to just cover supplies and nothing else.
One pot of the paint I use is anywhere from 8.00-24.00 depending on the maker and type (metallic, regular, split cakes) and I have easily got 1500bucks in materials with me when I do a gig, always. That's why I'm sure to be insured--I can't afford not to.
The rate that I gave her is an EXTREMELY fair rate for restaurant work in this area (North of Cincinnati). It's NOT what I would charge to do a birthday party, but I wouldn't be accepting tips for a birthday party. I had begun to respond to the email, but became so angry with the 'balloon wrangler' comment and then the idea that she assumes balloons are FREE... well, let's just say that I was as angry and confused as Evander Holyfield when Mike Tyson bit his ear off. Yeah, that bad... So I'm going to be an adult- breathe - and wait until the morning or tomorrow evening to respond.