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Mobile Manicure

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What do you do when a client asks you to sponsor them for a charity race etc?

I hate it. I feel put upon and feel I can't say no as they've given me so much money over time for treatments. Then I never know how much to give. I live and work in an affluent area and one of my clients had set up a "just giving" page. The minimum her friends were donating was £50. She's loaded in a big house so I suppose her friends must be of the same ilk. Im certainly not! I didn't give at all because a) I can't afford to give £50 and b) to give what I could afford would have looked stingy.

How do you politely decline when put on the spot.

Yes, I know, it's a tricky one!
 

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What do you do when a client asks you to sponsor them for a charity race etc?

I hate it. I feel put upon and feel I can't say no as they've given me so much money over time for treatments. Then I never know how much to give. I live and work in an affluent area and one of my clients had set up a "just giving" page. The minimum her friends were donating was £50. She's loaded in a big house so I suppose her friends must be of the same ilk. Im certainly not! I didn't give at all because a) I can't afford to give £50 and b) to give what I could afford would have looked stingy.

How do you politely decline when put on the spot.

Yes, I know, it's a tricky one!
How about:


I have 3 charities that I sponsor on a monthly basis but I will support you emotionally.


Then ask her a question about her nails.
 

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I wouldn't decline if she's a regular, I know I would have probably sponsored her for the same amount as the treatment I was carrying out (maybe minus product costs), but that's me a soft touch! X
 

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I wouldn't decline if she's a regular, I know I would have probably sponsored her for the same amount as the treatment I was carrying out (maybe minus product costs), but that's me a soft touch! X
I just can't financially afford to do that. I can't give away free treatments cos someone is running a race. I'm running a business, this is my bread and butter. I feel awful but I just couldnt manage it. My daughter's next school trip is £190! Maybe I should ask my clients for sponsorship for that...:D
 

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I always tell clients that I have so many requests for sponsorship that I give £1.00 to each one and that way I can support everyone. I actually have a little box in my clinic that has a few £1 in and as I open it I say 'oh, must remember to replenish that soon, you can tell it's race for life/midnight walk/sponsored walk season - and how are your nails/feet/back this week'. Give the £1 and quickly move on!

Hope that helps x
 

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I always said that I wouldn't donate, unless it was for an animal charity. Always worked because it was true and they can't argue with it. Sometimes I think all the requests for donations can get too much and people feel obliged when they really,genuinely cannot afford it. Old cliche but true - Charity begins at home.
 

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Something tells me donations to charity can be tax deductable? If so, this may make it easier for you to donate more than you would normally even think of.
 

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