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How to Start the Conversation on Pricing and Invoicing

Show Grooms International Ltd. founder Alison McIvor returns with her third article for “The HorseGrooms’ Guide to Freelancing.” After discussing in her previous articles how to determine where to work, researching new employers and the best attitude for success in the industry, she now tackles how to best handle the difficult – and sometimes awkward – topic of money as a freelance groom.

Do not deal with people who try to knock your prices down. In my experience, these people always end up being difficult to get paid from, and no one wants that. So, if they start knocking you down, walk away. 

Of course, you should be charging a reasonable amount and nothing extortionate. I myself charge a very reasonable fee considering my extensive experience. But I expect to be fully fed, accommodated and transported on top of my fee, so my grooming fee does not include all these things; they are extra.

Put In It Writing 

When you discuss your costs with a new employer, put his conversation in writing by text or email. But be sure to include extras that you expect and quantify everything.  

Also specify when you want to get paid: at the end or halfway through if you are arriving with little money. Be transparent that you need pocket money to keep you afloat. 

Dealing with transportation costs and invoicing lessons learned the hard way

Alison McIvor continues her third installment in the HorseGrooms’ Guide to Freelancing with advice about dealing with transportation costs and invoicing as well as lessons learned the hard way.

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November 8, 2023

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