Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Hobbies into Cash Part Three

If you haven't done so already it might be an idea to read Hobbies Part One and Hobbies Part Two.

So you have come up with the perfect idea to turn your hobby into an extra few quid a week and you have spread the word and already have some interest from friends and family. What do you need to do next?

Preparing
  • First thing is first, get all the equipment you need to carry out the service. Or alternatively you probably have all the equipment, you need it to sparkle like new for someone to be paying you to use them.
  • Get the space ready, if it is a service and it is being done in your house, get the room ready, give it a clean put some nibbles out if you like.
  • Make sure you have tea and coffee, and put out a spare magazine if you are cutting hair or something similar.
  • practice! If you are doing a service, e.g. cutting hair, doing make-up or even baking cakes, practice a few times and get into the mood, decide what you are going to do before you carry out the service.

Watch the news channel

  • You need to be chatty, this probably won't be a problem if it is a friend or family member but if it is a friend of a friend you need to have something to talk about!

Carry out the service

  • Always be nice, carry out the service with a smile.
  • Offer them a tea or coffee, if you decided to put out nibbles, tell them to help themselves.
  • Don't rush, do a good job and ask them if they are happy with it.

Remember to keep your customer happy at all times, remember, the best method of marketing is viral marketing. If your customer is happy, they will tell their friends and family, the word will spread and you will get more business.

Finally, as they leave, give them a leaflet or business card and thank them for coming.

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