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SU!: Business question

Carole Fineberg

Hello SUDSOL!

I have a new customer who wants to "borrow" my Big shot and a couple of my
dies for a day to make something.

My first reaction was that I use my Big Shot every single day and cannot be
without it.

But my second reaction is to hold a little Open House, invite customers to
bring their paper and make use of my toys/machines/tools for a couple of
hours for a fee. Many of my customers have a Big Shot already, so maybe
they could bring theirs and use my dies with their paper.

Does anyone do this? What would be a fair fee?  This is really way out of
the box for me, and yet, I let class and workshop attendees use my stuff,
so why not?  I thought perhaps I could combine a day like this with the
introduction of the new Spring mini, closer to the end of December just
before it goes live.

Thanks for any advice you can provide,
Carole

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SU!: RE: Business question

Coleen Astalos

Check out this article on SUDSOL - it's got some great ideas along this
line:

http://www.sudsol.org/members/index.php?action=article
<http://www.sudsol.org/members/index.php?action=article&id=6796&relid=180>
&id=6796&relid=180

Coleen

 

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From: sudsol@ [mailto:sudsol@] On Behalf Of
Carole Fineberg
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:33 PM
To: Sudsol
Subject: SU!: Business question

 

 

Hello SUDSOL!

 

I have a new customer who wants to "borrow" my Big shot and a couple of my
dies for a day to make something.

 

My first reaction was that I use my Big Shot every single day and cannot be
without it.  

 

But my second reaction is to hold a little Open House, invite customers to
bring their paper and make use of my toys/machines/tools for a couple of
hours for a fee. Many of my customers have a Big Shot already, so maybe they
could bring theirs and use my dies with their paper.

 

Does anyone do this? What would be a fair fee?  This is really way out of
the box for me, and yet, I let class and workshop attendees use my stuff, so
why not?  I thought perhaps I could combine a day like this with the
introduction of the new Spring mini, closer to the end of December just
before it goes live.

 

Thanks for any advice you can provide,

Carole

 

--

Carole Fineberg

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Reno, NV

775-622-9811

 <http://cardsbycarole.stampinup.net/blog> http://CardmakingByCarole.com

 

Although it may not always be wrapped in a bow, life is always a gift.



Coleen Astalos
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Re: SU!: Business question

Debbie Dutchess
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I hold crops in my home, where attendees bring their own supplies and projects to work on. I have my Big Shot, dies, etc., punches and other tools out for them to use. The crops are usually on the weekend, from 10am to 10pm. I have light snacks for them in the morning, and fix something easy in the crock pot, like chili or some kind of soup for a meal late in the afternoon. Most everyone also brings something to share. I recommend they bring their favorite beverage, then I don't have to worry about having a lot of different things to drink. I do offer bottled water.


I have displays out, information about current promotions, my upcoming classes, and of course catalogs and order forms! My crops do generate some sales, but most importantly, they peek interest in my classes, and possibly booking workshops.


I charge $20. That more than covers the cost of food. When I send my email out, I tell my customers they can come play & eat for just $1.67 an hour!


By doing this in my home, I can keep an eye on my things, and make sure everyone knows how to use each tool properly. I have never had anything broken, or ruined.


Hope this helps, or gives you an idea on how to handle "sharing" your Big Shot.
Debbie Dutchess




-----Original Message-----
From: Carole Fineberg <simi4relo@>
To: Sudsol <sudsol@>
Sent: Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:34 pm
Subject: SU!: Business question



 
   
                 

Hello SUDSOL!


I have a new customer who wants to "borrow" my Big shot and a couple of my dies for a day to make something.


My first reaction was that I use my Big Shot every single day and cannot be without it.  


But my second reaction is to hold a little Open House, invite customers to bring their paper and make use of my toys/machines/tools for a couple of hours for a fee. Many of my customers have a Big Shot already, so maybe they could bring theirs and use my dies with their paper.


Does anyone do this? What would be a fair fee?  This is really way out of the box for me, and yet, I let class and workshop attendees use my stuff, so why not?  I thought perhaps I could combine a day like this with the introduction of the new Spring mini, closer to the end of December just before it goes live.


Thanks for any advice you can provide,
Carole


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Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
Reno, NV
775-622-9811
http://CardmakingByCarole.com
 
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SU!: RE: Business question

Brenda Crawshaw
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This is always sticky...  There should be a list of things that people have
recommended in the past on the SUDSOL site but here are some of the things I
know have been discussed.

 

First, as business owners, we really are not in the business of lending out
our business equipment to customers.  Would we ask a restaurant if we could
borrow a couple of knives to hack up our turkeys?  NO!  I would just explain
to her, very nicely but matter of factly, that your Big Shot is an integral
part of your business and that you really can't be without it for any length
of time.  If you have to, explain to her that if something were to happen to
it that she would have to replace it immediately and you would "hate to put
her in that position".  Let her know that she can come over and for your
"regular studio fee" of $whateveryoupayyourselfperhour she can use the
machine with her own cutting pads and paper.  Or you could charge her per
pass of the machine if she wants to do a ton ON TOP of your studio fee.

 

Now you do bring up a GREAT idea - having a Big Shot open house.  As it is
one of the most versatile and useful products that we offer, showing off all
the ways in which people can enhance their projects through using the Big
Shot is a great idea and I would do that ANYWAY.  In fact, I might just do
something like that during SAB and get people thinking outside their flat
paper paradigms!

 

But lending your supplies......ugh........big Pandora's box.....

From: sudsol@ [mailto:sudsol@] On Behalf Of
Carole Fineberg
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:33 PM
To: Sudsol
Subject: SU!: Business question

 

 

Hello SUDSOL!

 

I have a new customer who wants to "borrow" my Big shot and a couple of my
dies for a day to make something.

 

My first reaction was that I use my Big Shot every single day and cannot be
without it.  

 

But my second reaction is to hold a little Open House, invite customers to
bring their paper and make use of my toys/machines/tools for a couple of
hours for a fee. Many of my customers have a Big Shot already, so maybe they
could bring theirs and use my dies with their paper.

 

Does anyone do this? What would be a fair fee?  This is really way out of
the box for me, and yet, I let class and workshop attendees use my stuff, so
why not?  I thought perhaps I could combine a day like this with the
introduction of the new Spring mini, closer to the end of December just
before it goes live.

 

Thanks for any advice you can provide,

Carole

 

--

Carole Fineberg

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Reno, NV

775-622-9811

 <http://cardsbycarole.stampinup.net/blog> http://CardmakingByCarole.com

 

Although it may not always be wrapped in a bow, life is always a gift.



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Re: SU!: RE: Business question

Ellen

I once had someone ask to borrow a punch to make 150 Cards!!  We all
know things can go wrong with punches and most of them are not bad in
price, but still.

So I told her she could, but it would cost her so much a punch. AND
yes, for 150 punches, she could buy the punch and have it for ever.
Kind of hard for the Big Shot.

Let her come to your house, and do what ever she wants. If it is SU
Paper, the cost is less per run than if it is not.

Ellen Williams
Stamping in North Dakota

On 11/21/13, Brenda Crawshaw <bhc62@> wrote:

> This is always sticky...  There should be a list of things that people have
> recommended in the past on the SUDSOL site but here are some of the things
> I
> know have been discussed.
>
>
>
> First, as business owners, we really are not in the business of lending out
> our business equipment to customers.  Would we ask a restaurant if we could
> borrow a couple of knives to hack up our turkeys?  NO!  I would just
> explain
> to her, very nicely but matter of factly, that your Big Shot is an integral
> part of your business and that you really can't be without it for any
> length
> of time.  If you have to, explain to her that if something were to happen
> to
> it that she would have to replace it immediately and you would "hate to put
> her in that position".  Let her know that she can come over and for your
> "regular studio fee" of $whateveryoupayyourselfperhour she can use the
> machine with her own cutting pads and paper.  Or you could charge her per
> pass of the machine if she wants to do a ton ON TOP of your studio fee.
>
>
>
> Now you do bring up a GREAT idea - having a Big Shot open house.  As it is
> one of the most versatile and useful products that we offer, showing off
> all
> the ways in which people can enhance their projects through using the Big
> Shot is a great idea and I would do that ANYWAY.  In fact, I might just do
> something like that during SAB and get people thinking outside their flat
> paper paradigms!
>
>
>
> But lending your supplies......ugh........big Pandora's box.....
>
> From: sudsol@ [mailto:sudsol@] On Behalf Of
> Carole Fineberg
> Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:33 PM
> To: Sudsol
> Subject: SU!: Business question
>
>
>
>
>
> Hello SUDSOL!
>
>
>
> I have a new customer who wants to "borrow" my Big shot and a couple of my
> dies for a day to make something.
>
>
>
> My first reaction was that I use my Big Shot every single day and cannot be
> without it.
>
>
>
> But my second reaction is to hold a little Open House, invite customers to
> bring their paper and make use of my toys/machines/tools for a couple of
> hours for a fee. Many of my customers have a Big Shot already, so maybe
> they
> could bring theirs and use my dies with their paper.
>
>
>
> Does anyone do this? What would be a fair fee?  This is really way out of
> the box for me, and yet, I let class and workshop attendees use my stuff,
> so
> why not?  I thought perhaps I could combine a day like this with the
> introduction of the new Spring mini, closer to the end of December just
> before it goes live.
>
>
>
> Thanks for any advice you can provide,
>
> Carole
>
>
>
> --
>
> Carole Fineberg
>
> Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
>
> Reno, NV
>
> 775-622-9811
>
>  <http://cardsbycarole.stampinup.net/blog> http://CardmakingByCarole.com
>
>
>
> Although it may not always be wrapped in a bow, life is always a gift.
>
>
>
> No virus found in this message.
> Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
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Rachel Fae Churchill
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My standard answer is "I only loan stamps & tools to my downline".  Then I
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From: sudsol@ [mailto:sudsol@] On Behalf Of
Carole Fineberg
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:33 PM
To: Sudsol
Subject: SU!: Business question

 

 

Hello SUDSOL!

 

I have a new customer who wants to "borrow" my Big shot and a couple of my
dies for a day to make something.

 

My first reaction was that I use my Big Shot every single day and cannot be
without it.  

 

But my second reaction is to hold a little Open House, invite customers to
bring their paper and make use of my toys/machines/tools for a couple of
hours for a fee. Many of my customers have a Big Shot already, so maybe they
could bring theirs and use my dies with their paper.

 

Does anyone do this? What would be a fair fee?  This is really way out of
the box for me, and yet, I let class and workshop attendees use my stuff, so
why not?  I thought perhaps I could combine a day like this with the
introduction of the new Spring mini, closer to the end of December just
before it goes live.

 

Thanks for any advice you can provide,

Carole

 

--

Carole Fineberg

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Reno, NV

775-622-9811

 <http://cardsbycarole.stampinup.net/blog> http://CardmakingByCarole.com

 

Although it may not always be wrapped in a bow, life is always a gift.

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