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Just wondered what others do for Friday gigs.

 

My stance has been to discount Fridays by about 20% eg if I charge £260 on a Saturday, I would charge £200 on a friday as it's not as busy and more difficult to fill. This discount does not apply for December.

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Some years ago, I tried something similar for Mon-Thur weeknights in general, but it brought in a lot of bookings which i'd prefer not to have. The type held at known 'trouble' venues, when one of the guests cheerfully announced to me during one gig that he shouldn't really be there because he'd been released from prison earlier that day, and was under a curfew I knew things had to change.

 

I also found that if I booked far too in advance with 'cheapies' to make up the numbers, that sods law said that closer to the dates, I would be turning down the more lucrative and higher paying work, when things began rolling again.

 

Thats also the danger with a credit crunch, if you lower your prices for bookings now, which aren't until 2010 or even 2011, by then the economy could have recovered significantly and people may have far more to budget towards entertainment, so when the function finally rolls around you end up working at credit crunch prices during a boom period.

 

I agree with D.X - your labour and business costs are pretty much the same on any day of the week, and its not like petrol is cheaper and HMV have a CD sale every Friday, so if we lower our prices, its our profit margin that takes a hit.

 

How would you explain the £60 difference to MRS 'X' who saw and booked you at MRS 'Y's party, if her function happened to be at the same venue, but on a Saturday rather than a Friday?. Not sure whether the public would be too understanding.

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How would you explain the £60 difference to MRS 'X' who saw and booked you at MRS 'Y's party, if her function happened to be at the same venue, but on a Saturday rather than a Friday?. Not sure whether the public would be too understanding.

 

Easy. Saturday is a premium night, Friday isn't therefore less money.

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Those who quote more for a 'premium' night - so if you was available for work on a premium Saturday night, would you accept the booking based on the previously quoted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday nights if asked?

 

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Maybe i'm just lucky that when work does come in, its usually just as likely to be for a Friday as for a Saturday. Then again, I mainly specialise in Weddings and although Saturday is pretty much still the prefered day for getting married, the waiting list for the few Churches and Registry offices around here are fairly long, making Friday the 2nd popular second choice for marriages in this area.

 

I've also done a few Weddings during the week in the earlier part of year, I had no problem getting the same fee as I would for either a Friday or a Saturday. The added bonus being that with it being a 'school night' these evening receptions were largely devoid of Children, and perhaps its just coincidence, but these were the Weddings were it seemed much easier to get a full dancefloor, without the 'wild bunch' monopolising the dancefloor and the odd toddler 'nightcrawler' breaking free and trying to climb my Ultimax :scared: .

 

Yes, I'm a full supporter of the midweek wedding as a result of my previous experiences!

 

easy. Saturday is a premium night, Friday isn't therefore less money

 

So from this, I guess that Fridays are normally just as quiet for you, as a Monday or a Wednesday for example?

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Yes, I'm a full supporter of the midweek wedding as a result of my previous experiences!

So from this, I guess that Fridays are normally just as quiet for you, as a Monday or a Wednesday for example?

 

Yes, Fridays are not that busy, apart from December. Quite happy to provide discounted rates for Fridays and indeed offer customers that option when equiring. The customers I have spoken to understand that their is a difference. Discos are not alone in offerig discounts for Fridays. A number of hotels offer large discounts for wedding receptions taking place on fridays as opposed to saturdays.

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I charge the same for the weekend as i do for the week. I don't see why i should charge more i only ask for more on new year night . I have done a gig and one of the guest was at the week night show and he was allso at the wedding at the weekend. So i did not have to hide or explain my self to anyone.

 

 

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So i did not have to hide or explain my self to anyone.

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No need to explain and no one has ever queried it. In fact it is a nice sellig point for Fridays to advise the client that they are entitled to a discount. Works well

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So i did not have to hide or explain my self to anyone.

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I don't feel the need to explain myself to anyone regarding pricing, every gig is individual and priced accordingly. When I go shopping I don't expect the supermarket manager to explain to me why he's now charging £1.50 for a bottle of Coke, yet last week I could have had two bottles for the price of one.

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I don't feel the need to explain myself to anyone regarding pricing, every gig is individual and priced accordingly. When I go shopping I don't expect the supermarket manager to explain to me why he's now charging £1.50 for a bottle of Coke, yet last week I could have had two bottles for the price of one.

 

hear hear. The only time I could see there sensibly see a query would be where the prices were fixed on a website, then there might be an expectation, otherwise it's a free market.

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Hi all

I charge the same for the weekend as i do for the week. I don't see why i should charge more i only ask for more on new year night . I have done a gig and one of the guest was at the week night show and he was allso at the wedding at the weekend. So i did not have to hide or explain my self to anyone.

dj shyboy

 

Ah a common mistake my friend... We dont charge more for a Sat night gig, we charge less for a Friday gig so the customer wins..... I had some one ask me about doing a gig Friday just gone. Local Sports and Soc club 40th Birthday party I said what night he said might be a Sat I said no problem it will be between £250 and £300 but I can give you a discount if it is a Friday or mid week (I must add he would not of paid me £250+ for a WMC family party till 11pm). He liked the idea of that. It would save him some money and keep one of my 52 sat's open for a more lucrative booking so he wins ie pays me less dosh and I win as I have filled a Fri that I was not booked but keep the sat available for a wedding.

 

Makes sence to me :shrug:

 

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With my residency work i actually get paid more on a friday than my sat and Thursday nights..the way its panned out the worst paid night for me is a Saturday night !

 

I will be giving up my Saturday residency to one of my DJ friends so i can get better paid work from November.

 

 

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I get asked to do a lot of 13th Birthdays. 2.5 hours. I can't charge the same for these as a Saturday night, so i have restricted these booking now to a Friday night.

 

This way I can work both Friday and Saturday (better rates) and if I don't get the Saturday i can have a few beers etc anyhow.

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I also view Saturday as a premium night and if people do not want to pay what I quote, then I'm sure there will be some less professional outfit willing to do it. With regards to Fridays, I do tend to offer a lower price, but stating it as a 20% or whatever is a good idea and a selling point.

 

I also charge a lower rate for a residency.

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I dont charge any less for a Friday night than a Saturday... It depends on the usual distance/duration/cost rules...

 

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I agree that by charging less for say a Friday does not mean you are not professional. There is a guy around this way for charges £300 for a Saturday. However he does it full time and goes out on a Friday night for as little as £150. He is a true old pro. Why? Because he needs to work to pay the bills. Saturday is a premium night.

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if people do not want to pay what I quote, then I'm sure there will be some less professional outfit willing to do it.

 

Agreed. I'm in the higher price bracket in this area, but would be the first to admit that there are DJ's around here who charge less and do just as good a job. I just pitch to a different market.

 

Some DJ's are happy to charge a lower fee, and some do it just because they are in a comfort zone and don't want the hassle and effort of marketing themselves.

 

You can never gauge anything on its price alone. If this was the case then why is nearly every other thread here in relation to members wanting to find the 'cheapest' all of the time, whether its pli or equipment?

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Just wondered what others do for Friday gigs.

 

My stance has been to discount Fridays by about 20% eg if I charge £260 on a Saturday, I would charge £200 on a friday as it's not as busy and more difficult to fill. This discount does not apply for December.

 

Being that we are in a recession and my enquiries has declined significantly on last year, prices are more flexible & i was amazed to find out on Sat (When i was double booked and lost the gig) from another established DJ that he only charges £120 a gig regardless of date or function! (The gig was a wedding party) My agent had charged £160 which they accepted, booked another Dj and didnt bother telling us, wasting me 3 hours!

Personally i would certainly charge less on a friday, say 30-40 quid less. My Saturday rate for a party was £150 but unfortunately being in Cornwall, so many people want something for nothing and there seem to be a lot of Djs around who will do a gig for £50 -100... No joke!

Hence i get called, "How much for a party on ...... date... i give them a sensible price between £120-150 for a party or £200-250 for a wedding and i dont hear back from them!

Looks like its time for some more compatetive pricing or just short term suffering until i get some better clientelle....

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The general theme is that Saturday is a premium night. That makes all the other nights (except Sunday) normal nights. Mon-Fri is your normal rate and Saturday is premium rate. So you're charging more for a Saturday as opposed to less for a Friday.

 

I look forward to your responses :D

 

i give them a sensible price between £120-150 for a party or £200-250 for a wedding

 

OK. I'm a customer and I ring you up. I was a guest at a party you did last week and I know how much you paid. I want you to do my wedding. How would you explain the 2/3 increase in price ?

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OK. I'm a customer and I ring you up. I was a guest at a party you did last week and I know how much you paid. I want you to do my wedding. How would you explain the 2/3 increase in price ?

 

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To me doing a wedding will invlve a pre party consultation, usually a request list with songs i will need to source, along with the fact that i will be making sure everything is perfect, ie bringing backup copy of the 1st dance. All of that adds to the workload and of course, doing a wedding requires a higher level of concentration and endurance (Its harder!!)

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