After a long hard debate and a little bit of internal struggle, I have decided to quit my job grooming and instead move back home to work a ‘regular’ job with normal hours in an effort to get my life back.
There is a small horsey community back home and I was thinking that I would offer freelance clipping to make some extra cash and get my horsey fix. I have my own clippers and equipment but I am just not sure how to go about it. Some things that have been concerning me are:
- how to ensure payment? (because horsey people can be… uh… unreliable? cheap? at times. I don’t want to be taken advantage of.) I will probably leave an invoice of sorts behind but I’m not sure what I would do if someone refused to pay me
- what to do with a difficult/dangerous horse? at my job it is not a problem if we school/twitch/drug horses to get them clipped, but I know some private owners are very particular about how their horses are handled and would be opposed to this. This also brings me to…
- should I get my own insurance? for y’know, safety reasons, medical coverage, and all that jazz
I’m also debating how much to charge. Around here full body clipping can cost $125-$200. I was thinking of charging $125 plus the cost of gas, since the nearest barn is ~30 minutes away from where I would be living.
I do have my own transportation and connections within the horse community there, so advertising myself and getting to different barns is not a problem!
(and just to be clear, I’m an experienced groom working in a very busy and successful international show jumping barn who is used to handling a variety of horses everyday, and I clip multiple horses a week. I’m no n00b when it comes to clipping, just the business side of things!)
Any other suggestions and tips would be helpful as well :yes: