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purpleivy

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Hi

Got going with Bio Sculpture, Manis & Pedis etc...... Client came last week (she popped in for a repair) and wanted a little design in stones on her thumb. I'm not expert in these things, but can position a few gems into a daisy shape. What should I be charging her for this? She's only been once for a set, then for the repair, but she seems likely to be a regular. Rang this evening to ask if she could give my number to someone at work. I want to Be Prepared.

I'm still working on my leaflet/pricelist, which I was originally planning would be ready along with my 'home salon' later in the year, but am not about to turn people away!

Advice welcome.
 

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If you do a search there have been other posts about charging, I am not sure but I thnk some charge about 50pper gem but don't quote me on that have a search and you will come across it, good luck.
 

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I did a search.. found one charging 20p per nail for nail art... seemed a little on the errrmm, budget side to me LOL!
 

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I charge £5.00/£10.00 extra for nail art. Rather than 10 per gem and such. Its too much effort keeping count of all those rhinestones, stickers, glitter, etc that you have done!
 

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Fixed amount sounds good Nicky-Marie...... can scale down a little if it's only on one nail I guess. I haven't done a nail art course yet, but have done little designs with gems under the Bio Sculpture and nothing has dropped off! LOL!:lol: I bought some gems today, as the only ones I had were a few given to me by a friend. Not Swarowski crystals, but still pricy!
 

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I start my prices from £1 a nail for a simple design (ie flicks/dots and a stone) for something a little more (ie 2 colours, flowers, 2+ stones) 1.50
and so on .. I mad the mistake when I stared to charge to less for the added art work (50p anail!) so put them up xx
 

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Im a huge fan of the Swarovski Crystals, I find them so pretty and they catch the light beautifully. I would highly recommend them :) A little more expensive but they do add a touch of glamour to the nails.
 

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LOL Nicky! I was joking about the Swarowski thing... you can tell I'm a novice. I do have some Swarowski crystals, but they're too big... ones I use for card craft!
 

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I charge 50p a nail for something very simple, like a few flicks or dotted flower done with a nail art dotter, rhinestones I charge 50p each for.
 

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I have found over the years it better to charge by the time taken to do the nail art design So a 10 minute design £5 but an hour design £15-20
 

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Ive been meaning to ask! When you say flicks .. do you mean a simple flick design with an art pen or something else?
 

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Ive been meaning to ask! When you say flicks .. do you mean a simple flick design with an art pen or something else?
Flicks are when you simply get a stripper brush and flick it up the nail, Very effective and quick to do :)
 

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Thankyou :)

I thought thats what it was, although ive had a go several times and my flicks end up wonky. Free hand art isnt my strong point!
 

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I have found over the years it better to charge by the time taken to do the nail art design So a 10 minute design £5 but an hour design £15-20
I so agree with this!!

When I first got my rhinestones, my sister asked me to do some on her - she was going to see Snoop Dog and wanted some bling!

Anyway, she asked me how much for some rhinestones? I said I was planning on charging clients 10p each? Obviously I would charge her half price - 5p each.
Seemed reasonable really..... My god I really didnt have a clue!!

This is what she choose Image of March '07 - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting (Not great - but it was a long time ago!!)

It easily took her 20 minutes just to choose the colours - then she had to decide which order to have them laid down!! (This always takes ages!!)

Then I had to sort them out and get them in order.
Application wasn't easy as I had to worry about ruining the balance of the nail.

It took ages!!

5 rhinestones per nail at 10p each. I would have earned £5.00 with a client! So glad I didn't learn the hard way!!

Charge for your time.
 

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In the end I didn't charge her at all...... she had 3 nails that I was desperate to practise my sculpting skills on, so charged basic price for a set and she sat very patiently while I did them!

.. but at least I know for next time!
 

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Her nails looked much better in real life btw! Really not a good photo!

Glad you're sorted.
 

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I charge

Hand paint per nail .75 and full set £6.50
Metallic Wrap .60 and £5.00
Transfers .50 and £5.00

Not much call for nail art in isle of man
 

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