What’s the difference in a pro and a hobbyist?

Posted on 09. Aug, 2015 by in Uncategorized

When deciding on hiring  entertainment for your event, it is important to consider the difference in hiring a seasoned professional verses a hobbyist. Sometimes it is difficult to ascertain what companies are true professional companies verses a business that is run for fun by a person just trying to make extra money “on the side”.

First, let me say that there is nothing wrong with trying make extra income. In fact, I think it’s wonderful that people want to work extra to help out their situations. However, there are some big distinctions between a professional and a hobbyists. When it comes to creating magical memories for a special event such as a birthday, graduation, wedding, or other social event or celebration then it’s essential to know the differences. These are not events that you want to risk failing at the hands of an amateur.

The first difference is price, and often what causes some people to go with a non professional company. The fact is that we all want to save money, but a real professional is actually running a business, and will charge a price that is congruent with the costs of their products, materials, and insurances. If you find someone charging a way lessor price then that’s your first clue that either they lack industry experience, or they are not a licensed professional. So, when checking prices always use a really low figure as a general indicator that the entertainer is not a professional. A professional will cost more because they work on their business, providing top quality and services, therefore a higher price will be well worth the cost.

Professional entertainers will be licensed and insured. If you are requesting information and your entertainer doesn’t have both of these items then that means they do not care about protecting themselves or you and your guests if there is an unlikely issue. Also, if a person isn’t licensed then they aren’t registered with your city to be operating as a business at all. This means that even if they have a Facebook page, and even if they have a business card that those things are not a license. A true professional has both a license and insurance.

Presentation, products, and demeanor are all the traits of a professional. They will have a professional set up of equipment and clothing. Some professionals have costumes or uniforms, and they should have pictures available upon request. Professionals use only top quality, brand industry products. They use the best materials to ensure that they deliver the best quality and service to you and your guests at your very special event. Also, one of the biggest differences in a professional or an amateur, is their demeanour, or the way that they interact with and entertain your guests.

Here are a few important questions to ask when seeking an entertainer.

Are you licensed and insured?

How much experience do you have in this industry?

How many events or parties do you work each year? (This will tell you how often they ate actually hired out. A professional will stay very busy).

What do you wear to events?

What types of products do you use?

Can you offer a list of customer referrals or testimonies for your business?

These are just a few sample questions to keep in mind. Remember, if you want the best event then hire the best!

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