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Charging for class at retirement center?

Sue Erickson

I am going to meet the activities director of a retirement center here in Mount Vernon. We are planning a stamping class where they would make probably just one card and get an envelope to go with it. The director says 1 hour is the maximum attention some of the residents would have so I think only one project would be about right. She wants to know how much the class charge for 15 and 20 attendees would be. I think a charge of $5 per person would be a better way to do it. For those who do hold classes in retirement homes, how much to you charge and how much do you provide? I'm hoping this will bring in more customers.
 
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Re: SU!: Charging for class at retirement center?

Antinonem

I charge $5 for my senior class.
Micki Antinone


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I am going to meet the activities director of a retirement center here in Mount Vernon. We are planning a stamping class where they would make probably just one card and get an envelope to go with it. The director says 1 hour is the maximum attention some of the residents would have so I think only one project would be about right. She wants to know how much the class charge for 15 and 20 attendees would be. I think a charge of $5 per person would be a better way to do it. For those who do hold classes in retirement homes, how much to you charge and how much do you provide? I'm hoping this will bring in more customers.
 
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Re: SU!: Charging for class at retirement center?

Diane Lethbridge

Congrats on this new opportunity!  I live in south central FL -- lots or retirees!  A lot of my events are at retirement centers, senior church groups, etc.  Retirees living at retirement centers are potential customers, but many are downsizing and have limited storage.  I have sometimes found contacts among the staff and families of the seniors, so just be open to the possibilities.

The fee that you charge depends on several things.  First, is the "activity fee" already included in their residency fee?  If so, the Activities Director has a budget and $5 pp might be too high to make one card at a one-hour event for 15-20 people.  Try to find out what the typical event charges.

If the residents are each paying at the door, so to speak, then $5 sounds appropriate, although I think 2 cards (or a card and a simple 3-D item or bookmark) would be better.  I would use retired paper, etc. to keep my cost low.  If your goal is to get customers, you want them leaving with more than one card in their hand.  Will you be able to "sell" or promote your business at the event?  Many places do not allow it during the class, but people can see you after.

The 2-way glue pen is easier for them to use than snail or the glue stick.  Use wood stamps if you have them OR tell them not to remove the stamps from the acrylic blocks.  Have them on the blocks before the class starts.  I usually bring a helper who cleans the stamps when necessary.

Have you ever done a group of 20 people?  You need at least 2 and perhaps 3 groups and stamp sets.  Plan a project where the layout is similar but the image is different.  This gives you more flexibility.  Only about 5-6 people can effectively "share" one stamp and ink.  Will you have helpers?  What will the others do while you are helping one group? 

Kits (either SU or ones you put together) are good selling products.  For example build your class around Cottage Greetings Card Kit -- they each make two cards, then show the kit and take orders.  Many people in retirement centers have minimum storage and aren't looking to buy a lot of tools. 

Best wishes for your venture!
Diane Lethbridge 




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I charge $5 for my senior class.
Micki Antinone


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I am going to meet the activities director of a retirement center here in Mount Vernon. We are planning a stamping class where they would make probably just one card and get an envelope to go with it. The director says 1 hour is the maximum attention some of the residents would have so I think only one project would be about right. She wants to know how much the class charge for 15 and 20 attendees would be. I think a charge of $5 per person would be a better way to do it. For those who do hold classes in retirement homes, how much to you charge and how much do you provide? I'm hoping this will bring in more customers.
 
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Selene Kempton
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Sue! 

I would bring paper pumpkin. Charge $5 per person or make it free if the subscribe. No prep for you and the can see the kits themselves. 

Selene

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I charge $5 for my senior class.
Micki Antinone


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I am going to meet the activities director of a retirement center here in Mount Vernon. We are planning a stamping class where they would make probably just one card and get an envelope to go with it. The director says 1 hour is the maximum attention some of the residents would have so I think only one project would be about right. She wants to know how much the class charge for 15 and 20 attendees would be. I think a charge of $5 per person would be a better way to do it. For those who do hold classes in retirement homes, how much to you charge and how much do you provide? I'm hoping this will bring in more customers.
 
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Re: SU!: Charging for class at retirement center?

mackend
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I would start out with doing the one card - I think.  If their attention span is one hour, then I agree one card w/envelope and inside liner is necessary. 

If you do this again, then you will know what they can actually handle.  But, here's an idea, maybe two cards, and you do all the pre-cut, etc. work, and then all they need to do is put it together (keep it really simple), then charge $5, but if not and you do just the one card, then I would charge $2, and have almost everything done for them.

I live and teach in a retirement community, and they run loops around me LOL.  Never under estimate the new age of our youth/seniors. :-)

Hope this helps.  

Dottie :-)




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I am going to meet the activities director of a retirement center here in Mount Vernon. We are planning a stamping class where they would make probably just one card and get an envelope to go with it. The director says 1 hour is the maximum attention some of the residents would have so I think only one project would be about right. She wants to know how much the class charge for 15 and 20 attendees would be. I think a charge of $5 per person would be a better way to do it. For those who do hold classes in retirement homes, how much to you charge and how much do you provide? I'm hoping this will bring in more customers.
 
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