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Raising my rates for tax season chair massage

Discussion in 'Chair Massage' started by Ebo, Jan 30, 2012.

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  1. Ebo

    Ebo Member

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    Mar 27, 2010
    Hey there fellow chair massagers,
    I want to raise my rates for the two CPA firms that I see during tax season. I used to have three but one fired me for raising my fees. I later found out that they got someone cheaper, who wasn't good and now have nobody. :roll:
    My one sticky is that one firm has moved way across time and more than doubled the commute time. There are only 2-3 workers there and sometimes I'm done after 40-45 minutes. So...I'm feeling the need to be delicate here, maybe. :?
    I have heard stories from CPAs that during tax season there's very little $ for outside services, so I don't want to cut off my nose to spite my face. However, the price of gas has gone up over $1.25 since last year and my rent is going up soon. I'll be raising fee up $5.00/hour.
    Got any feedback?
    Thanks,
    Rubmyster
     
  2. ///

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    Oct 2, 2009
    Raising my rates for tax season chair massage

    You should raise them for everyone, not just CPAs at tax time.

    You should revisit this client. They will probably be happy to hear from you but feel a little awkward reaching out.

    Let this one go. I would not even discuss a price increase. We have a 2 hour minimum for chair events, sounds like this is a 2 hour gig including travel time for less than an hour of revenue. No price increase can make up for that.

    BS, but another good reason to market to this segment now (our mailers go out next week) so they can budget for it.

    What are your current rates? $5 may be too low a raise.

    Don't try justifying a price increase - you will rarely win, and certainly won't convince CPAs. Gas is higher? All the more reason to hire someone closer who does not have that expense. Rent going up? Too bad, they will hire us -- or someone else who opearates 100% mobile and don't pay rent.
     
  3. Spicy Chicken Sandwich

    Spicy Chicken Sandwich Member

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    Jul 14, 2010


    Rubmyster, if you're done after 40-45 minutes, I'd let it go too. What's the commute time on this one? I'll bet you're traveling almost as long as you're working. Unless you live 5 minutes away and have nothing else to do......bag it. It'll give you time to look for more profitable work......and go for a 2 hour minimum.

    If you're not happy with what you're making now, or you're not happy with the working arrangements at any event, do what you have to do to change it. Raise your rates.........with no explanation. Ask for 2 hour minimum........if they can't do it, say "I'm sorry." You have to make a living too. If you don't change things, you'll start to resent your clients and dreading going to work. (been there done that)
     

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