A portion of a phone conversation with a potential new client a little while ago.
New Person: How come you charge $150 an hour for your tarot consultations? Isn’t that a bit much?
Me: Not if you take my 33 years of experience into account.
New Person: OK, I get that, but $160?
Me: Let me ask you something. Do you get paid holidays and sick days?
New Person: Yes.
Me: I don’t. I’m self-employed. Do you get a regular salary?
New Person: Yes?
Me: I don’t. I’m self-employed. The hours vary. What does your job consist of?
New Person: I take bookings at [Name of Company].
Me: Anything else?
New Person: Not really.
Me: I do tarot consultations for people, prepare for each session by looking over my notes about their topics and questions, create the map or layout for their consultations, do my own administration, make sure the place is clean when clients arrive, brew the tea, attend conferences, and buy books and decks related to my field of work.
New Person: Oh. That’s a lot.
Me: I don’t begrudge any of it. It’s all part of doing what I love to do and offering to the world what I’m called to offer. It’s not just about the money, it’s a part of who I am. $150 per hour ensures that I get fair compensation for it.
I’ll let this conversation speak for itself.
Image: The Ten of Earth from the Tarot of the Spirit by Joyce Eakins and Pamela Eakins.