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Tarot Reading At Events

Tarot Reading At Events

Before I begin, I encourage everyone to please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this post. Being a Tarot reader who does a significant amount of reading events at festivals, conventions, fairs, and private parties, I thought I would share some insight on things I wish I knew when I first started reading Tarot at events.

Before The Event 

Because each event and situation is different, the preparation can vary but here are some things that I take into account before an event.

Legal:
Some events require a business license, proof of tax id, a merchant’s license and or an entertainers license. Some do not.

Event and Vendor Contracts:
It is important to always look over everything before signing. If there is something that is confusing or you need anything clarified, ask up to two reputable people to explain it just to be sure. If you are providing your own contract for a private event it is always good to include things like payment, cancellation policies, allotted space provided, if you need to provide your own furniture, force majeure, parking policy, etc. I always like to ask about alcohol being served to be able to prepare myself for people who may be under the influence. I ask about smoking and loud noise to help determine if those are conditions I’d be able to do readings under.

  • Is alcohol being served at this event?
  • Will smoking be permitted on the premises?
  • Will there be a smoking designated areas?
  • Will my table or space be located near the designated smoking area?
  • Will my table or space be located near speaker systems, live entertainment, etc?

Travel Expenses:
Something that I didn’t take into account when I first started reading for events are travel, gas and lodging expenses. For private events, I like to include this expense in the contract. For public conventions and festivals, I like to keep this in mind in my event budget.

Getting Paid:

It is always good to know before committing to an event how you will be paid. Some of the more common practices that I have experienced are:

  • The event holder prepays a deposit (usually half the agreed upon rate) for X amount of hours or X amount of readings. The remaining rate is paid for once the event is completed.
  • Paid per reading. The event holder takes a percentage of the amount of money made for each reading and other misc services.
  • You keep all revenue made but prepay for your space or table fee beforehand.

Fees:
For events like conventions and fairs, there are usually booth, space and table fees. You may also have to pay an event ticket fee.  There are also usually premium spaces, premium corner spaces and multiple space rentals for higher rates that receive significantly more foot traffic. If you are reading at a private venue like a corporate event hall, bridal shower or private celebration, depending on the event holder, there aren’t usually table or space rental fees but sometimes there are so it is always best to ask beforehand.

Accepting Payment:
Knowing how and what ways you are going to accept payment for your readings is important to track not only your earnings but makes it easy to pay for any fees accumulated as mentioned before. Cash is usually always ideal but having the ability to accept credit card and even electronic payments is a fabulous addition to your public reading arsenal. Some of the common services that I have used to be paid at events are SquareUp, Google Wallet, ApplePay, Paypal, Venmo, etc. One thing to keep in mind when accepting payments is to take account your local tax laws. Some of these mobile payment applications allow you to apply taxes before checkout. If you are only accepting cash, having a calculator handy would prove beneficial.

What To Bring With You

Deciding What To Bring:
Because events vary significantly depending on venue, event holder and local laws it is important to make sure that you are aware of what you can and can’t bring. Referring back to your contract, you should be able to get an idea of what is allowed.
Some venues provide a set of table and chairs, while others do not. Certain venues allow candles and incense, others do not. If your venue does allow candles and incense to be burned it is always good to be mindful of those with scent sensitivities.

Bringing A Helper:
I always like to bring one friend to help me during events. Having a friend who can help you set up,  watch your booth or table during your breaks or set up the list of names for the reading sign up sheet is an invaluable asset to have.

Decks And Tools To Bring:
This is completely up to you and dependent on your preferences, reading style and the type of readings you are going to offer. I know of some readers who prefer to only use one deck. It is all up to you. Something that I have found to help me especially when reading outdoors is to keep small polished stones near me to place on top of cards so that they do not fly away before or in the middle of a reading.

Common Things To Bring With You:
This is not an exhaustive list by far nor is it something you must follow exactly. These are just some things I like to bring with me that you might want to consider as well. It is important to factor in the cost of these things before an event.

  • Portable Canopy or Pop up tent (If it is permitted and you have the adequate space)
  • Table and Chairs (If not provided)
  • I like to bring a set of four chairs. Three for clients and one for myself.
  • Seat cushions and or back cushion.
  • Table cloth and weights to keep cloth down. I like to use crystals.
  • Rain cover for tent or canopy
  • Small first aid kit 
  • Crystals or polished stones to act as small weights so cards don’t fly away if reading outdoors
  • Tip Jar
  • A few portable light sources if reading through the evening hours at an outside venue
  • Medicine that you need to take.
  • Scent free hand sanitizer.
  • Scent Free bug spray (If outdoors).
  • Sunscreen (If outdoors)
  • Tissues
  • Mints
  • Promotional signs for around event space.
  • Cooler of water bottles with ice packs
  • Cashbox
  • Portable fan
  • Phone battery backup
  • Mobile Tablet and battery backup (I utilize it as a portable point of sales device)
  • A copy of your code of ethics
  • A reading waiting list

Customizing Your Event Space:
Because each event and Tarot reader is different, customizing your event space is entirely up you, as long as it abides by the venue or event holders rules. I’ve created luxurious spaces filled with twinkle lights and scarves and other times I’ve kept my space minimalistic and simple with just a table, a set of chairs and a few signs. It is all up to you to decide what look you are going for. There is no right or wrong way to set up your event space.

Some Easy Ways To Customize Your Space:

  • Tent banner and table banner with logo and website URL
  • Crystal/Salt Lamps (electric or candle holder based)
  • Candles (electric or wax based)
  • Scarves
  • Tapestries
  • Twinkle Lights
  • Flags
  • Wind Chimes
  • Bells
  • Fabric Pannels
  • Pillows
  • Baskets
  • Lanterns
  • Faux walls with art

Promotional And Marketing Tools:
Events are a fabulous way to showcase your reading services, website and social media accounts to prospective clients. Some of the common ways that you could market yourself would be:

  • Business card holder and supplying business cards before or after readings.
  • Raffles for a paid reading or service
  • Promotional brochures about you and your readings.
  • Stickers with your logo
  • Table Tents
  • Buttons or pins
  • Flyers to your website or online shop.
  • Promotional post cards with coupon codes for new clients
  • E-mail list sign up form
  • Digital Light Box or Marquee Sign
  • Sale sheets

The Day Of The Event

Being Mindful Of Your Health:
It is important to listen to your body. Do not overwork yourself. Stay hydrated and fed. I use up a lot of spoons (energy) during reading marathon sessions. I like to have a plan of action if I have depleted my energy reserves drastically before the event. Ensure that you take breaks, walk around for a bit, use the restroom and take any medicine that you may need. If you are working outdoors, periodically applying on sunscreen and bug spray is also beneficial. Another thing that I like to do is keep a misting fan with cold water to mist myself during, especially hot and humid events. For events during cooler months, I like to keep a large comfy sweater or jacket and a scarf in my possession. For those who subscribe to the belief in creating sacred spaces, grounding and centering, and shielding your energy, these things might be beneficial for you to do before you start reading at the event.

Be Mindful Of Mean-Spirited And Unsafe People:
Sometimes you will encounter people who are skeptics or other readers who may want to show you their level of expertise and importance by making you feel less than. Remember that you are awesome and that you are worth all the hard work and dedication it took you to book this event. You are talented and do not deserve to be mistreated. Another thing to be mindful of is if your event is serving alcohol. If you are ever in a situation where someone can possibly be violent or harmful to you, themselves or others around them, knowing who to call or where the nearest authority is located is strongly beneficial before the event.

Reading Rates
There are various ways to price your services for an event. If you aren’t being prepaid or have made prior payment arrangements by the event coordinator or a private company beforehand.  Your rates are completely up to you. Some common ways to determine your reading rate are:

  • Setting a base reading rate depending on divination type. (Tarot Vs Pendulum)
  • Setting a base reading rate by tarot spread.
  • Setting a base reading rate by amount of cards pulled.
  • Setting a base reading rate by designated time breakdown.
  • Setting a base reading rate by the energy needed to perform the different type of reading. (Tarot Reading Vs Mediumship Session)

Before Reading For Others:
I think it is important to keep an open mind when reading for others and to set safe boundaries for yourself. I also think its important for readings to be done in a respectful and comfortable way for both parties involved. Before I begin any reading I like to designate a few moments to either share a copy of my ethics of my prospective client or give them a short rundown of my ethics, ask for their preferred pronouns and provide my preferred pronouns to them as well. I also listen attentively to any questions or concerns the client may have before the reading. I also make an effort to ensure that my readings are accessible to everyone so I also ask if there is any way they would prefer the reading performed that is nonverbal. I do my very best to accommodate this.

Calming Nervousness:
It can be intimidating reading for others in person. Something that I like to do is introduce myself casually to prospective clients walking by. I like to smile, start a little small talk and talk a little bit about the event and who I am. This gets the good vibes going for me and helps to ease my nervousness. Before reading I like to shuffle my cards a few times to “shuffle out” any of my nervousness.

After Reading For Others:
After the allotted time for the reading has passed or you have wrapped up the reading in its entirety, it is important to thank the client and let them know that the reading session has now ended. Being kind and firm will allow you to be accountable of your timing and also keep your reading wait list from becoming too much to handle.

After The Event:
Something that I like to do before packing up and leaving is thank the event coordinator and offer a complimentary reading if they have not received one already. I clean up my space and leave. For the next week after the event, I practice lots of self-care and do what I can to help replenish my energy levels. If you subscribe to the belief of cleansing and recharging your tarot decks and or energy this week would possibly be a good time do so. I also like to take the time to write down the things I believe I could improve for next time or the next events and the things I was proud of achieving.

Misc Tips:
These tips which were graciously added with the permission of @tarotwithjeff and @corvinnia. Thank you so much!

  • Having a small clock that can be placed where both you and the client can see it.
  • A small toolkit. At the very least I take a multi-tool, a flashlight, scissors, and duct tape.
  • If you’re at a venue with access to electricity, plan accordingly. Is there a wall outlet near your space, or do you have one of those outlet boxes used at large event venues such as convention centers? Do you need to bring an extension cord and/or power strip/surge suppressor?
  • Healthy snacks!!! Especially for long events.
  • If it’s an outdoor event, take a wide-brimmed hat in addition to sunscreen.
  • Some sort of rolling crate, cart, etc. to help with schlepping stuff from your vehicle to your space at the event. This can be even more important when you’re dependent on public transportation.
  • Keep a checklist so you know what should be packed before you leave for the event, and to make sure you don’t leave anything behind after the event.
  • Have a fast pack battle plan ready for weather related situations. (Think if I need to be moved quickly how would I do that.) 
  • Rubbermaid type tubs with lids and folding dolly or hand cart can be life savers. 

The End:
I know. I know. FINALLY. This post was SO LONG. After all is said and done, being a Tarot reader at an event can be a lucrative way to market yourself, meet new and like-minded people and make great income. It is lots of hard work and dedication but it is one of the most worthwhile experiences I’ve ever done as a Tarot reader. It is my greatest hope that this article has helped you in some way.


Post Notes:
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Title: Tarot Reading At Events
Copyright:  © Ivan Ambrose 2017
Disclaimer: This post in no way, shape, or form is intended to tell you how you must go about being a Tarot reader at an event or to police you on what to bring to such events. The intention of this post is to share my experiences with reading Tarot at events. This isn’t the only way, the absolute right way or the way that you “should” approach this topic. No event, venue or two tarot readers are alike. This is the way that I choose to do things and how events and reading venues are in my area. Your local events and venues may do things differently.  I can only speak from personal experience and what has worked for me for countless years. I encourage you to do your own research, to do what you are comfortable with and to tailor any advice provided henceforth to your specific needs and individual situation. Also please keep in mind that there are various different rules, regulations, and laws that precede your location, state, country and the event and tarot reading guidelines in your area that can and will differ from those in my location. I encourage and open up this conversation to respectful debate and added commentary to supplement this post of any kind. 
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PSA from a retail worker

If you are wanting to pay for something with your phone instead of cash or your card PLEASE ASK IF THE SHOP ACCEPTS APPLE PAY/ANDROID PAY.

I work somewhere that does accept contactless bank card payments but we can’t accept phone payment because they crash our system, that till goes offline and we have to reboot the entire system which can take up to 20 minutes on a bad day. If it’s busy it means we only have one place where people can pay for ages, it holds the queues up and we have to constantly explain why the tills are offline. I do try to tell people this when I do see them getting their phones out to pay but for some reason mobile phones are more sensitive to the card readers than bank cards and it will often detect it before I have the chance to say otherwise or notice the phone. At least in the UK there will be an apple pay/android pay sign on the door as you come into the shop if the accept it. If not than they most likely won’t. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ASK IF THE SHOP ACCEPTS MOBILE PAYMENTS IF YOU ARE UNSURE.

How Africa is embracing “the cloud” on its own terms. Landline, Internet and electricity challenges make Africa an increasingly attractive proving ground for cloud computing. Out of the one billion people in Africa, only an estimated 140 million use the Internet, but over 600 million use mobile phones. And given the lack of reliable power grids, rechargeable mobile devices are a more practical way of accessing Internet-based applications than PCs. Broad use of mobile application services in Africa is already the norm, and adoption of some types of mobile applications already dwarfs their usage in the US.

For example, Safaricom’s M-PESA mobile payment system, which allows customers to transfer money to each other via mobile phones, has largely replaced cash transactions in Kenya. Users are sticking to content within apps without realizing they’re Web-based at all. Technology development is now focused on this mobile market and serving the “un-webbed,” including ways to get applications distributed to customers using their non-Web, real-world social networks. Via  Ars Technica

Chris Ziegler on Mobile payments aren’t ready for primetime, and technology is to blame

“Would you like to put that on your Bloomingdale’s card today?”

“No, let me try something high-tech here,” I replied. It’s the stock statement I make to sales clerks right before I try to pay with Google Wallet so they don’t get concerned or confused when I wave my phone instead of pulling out my wallet.

As usual, I turned the Galaxy Nexus’s screen on and held it flat against the contact pad right above the signature capture device, the one you use when you pay with a normal credit card. The Google Wallet logo appeared, the phone briefly vibrated (usually a good sign). The display on the kiosk changed from “Swipe Card” to “Processing…,” and I assumed we were off to the races.

But I waited. And I waited. And I waited. The clerk, obviously a bit annoyed with my antics, held an icy stare on me while we both twiddled our thumbs, waiting for his point-of-sale system to do something.

The next big thing von Samsung...

Nachdem man das iPhone5 auf das Jahr 2015 verschoben hat (sorry, meine Quellen darf ich auch hier nicht nennen) ist, wohl nicht nur meiner Meinung nach, Samsung weiterhin der Technologieführer. Diesen Vorsprung baut man lt. TechCrunch noch weiter aus, in dem man zur Olympiade nächstes Jahr in London ein Olympia Phone einführt.

Das wäre mir keine Meldung wert. Nur der Hintergedanke und die Kooperation mit VISA machen das ganze interessant. Das Solympia (Scheiss Name, aber es ist kurz vor 22.00Uhr und ich werde nicht bezahlt mir für koreanische Firmen den Kopf zu zerbrechen) bekommt nämlich einen NFC Chip.

Wat für ein Ding?
Near Field Communication. Ich bin kein Techi aber meinem Verständnis nach ist es eine Möglichkeit kontaktlos und vor allem schnell zu bezahlen. Irgendwas Richtung RFID oder ne Nummer besser. 

Warum aber die Meldung? Nur wegen diesem Dingsbums das hier niemand kennt?
Sicherlich nicht. Samsung überlegt nämlich wohl, da selbst mein Galaxy SII in der Variante die man in Deutschland kaufen kann kein NFC unterstützt, Micro SD Karten, also Speicherchips mit der Technologie herauszubringen. Das würde bedeuten, dass Samsung fast alle (genauer gesagt alle bis auf die mit dem “i” vorne dran) Telefone zu mobilen Geldbörsen umwandeln könnte. Das ist der Grund warum ich mir die Mühe mache noch einen Post zu schreiben.

Man stelle sich vor das man nicht mehr den Kollegen anpumpen muss, weil man seinen Geldbeutel immer im Büro auf dem Tisch liegen hat lassen (nicht das ich hier von mir schreiben würde…). Kleingeld für die S-Bahn oder für Zigaretten? Kein Thema mehr! Unsägliche Aufladeorgien von Geldkarten die eh nirgends angenommen werden? Gehören der Vergangenheit an!

Bitte bitte liebe Samsung Leute, bringt diese Karte… Mein Telefon hat zwar schon genug Speicher, aber ich bin jetzt schon total von dem Gedanken überzeugt nicht mehr jedes mal 4€ Fremdabhebungsgebühren bezahlen zu müssen da ich in der Regel Cash zu bezahlen pflege.

Schönen Restabend,
Sven (Korn) 

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Can’t wait till the day when you don’t need carry around your wallet? That day has arrived.

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Google, Citigroup and Mastercard Team Up for Mobile Payments

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What’s a bigger surprise: these guys working on a mobile payment alternative, or these huge corporations secretly working on a plan over the weekend? Kidding aside, according the the WSJ, it seems like Google, Citigroup and Mastercard are looking to provide Android users – and maybe even everyone else – an alternative way to make mobile payments, bye bye plastic. The details are very light and it seems to include some type of advertisement (not transactional sales fee) incentive for Google, not surprisingly. As they are the kings in advertisement. As of right now, the programs seems to be in beta-testing mode but I’m sure it will find it’s way to Android phones with the next iteration of Android. If you don’t mind Google knowing one more thing about you than they already know, it sounds like a great mobile payment option to me. 

09.02.2015

Gefräßige Parkautomaten

Nachdem ich innerhalb von einer Woche von Parkautomaten um insgesamt 7 Euro beschupst wurde, wird mir so langsam klar, warum Mobile Payment und Kreditkartenzahlung sich für diesen Bereich in Deutschland noch nicht flächendeckend durchgesetzt haben: den Anbietern würden Einnahmen entgehen!

Fall 1: Ich soll 14 Euro bezahlen. Kartenzahlung kann der Automat nicht. Im Portemonnaie: 1x 50 €, 2x 5 €, viel Kleinvieh. Ich stopfe die zwei 5er in den Geldscheinschlitz und krame nach Kleingeld. Der Automat piepst, zeigt im Display das Wörtchen Abbruch und spuckt das Ticket sowie einen 5er wieder aus. Ich lerne anschließend, dass die Automaten ein Fehlerprotokoll führen, das behauptet aber, nur einen 5er entgegengenommen zu haben. Ich überlege kurz, wie viel Zeit mir 5 Euro wert sind und gebe auf.

Fall 2: Ich will einen Parkschein für 2 Stunden ziehen. Um Kleingeld loszuwerden, werfe ich 2 Euro in 20- und 50-Cent-Münzen ein, danach noch eine 1-Euro-Münze. Der Automat rattert seltsam, spuckt den Euro wieder aus und weist mich an, meine Münzen wieder zu entnehmen. Außer der einen ist da aber nichts. Mehrfaches Betätigen der Abbruchtaste führt auch zu keinem anderen Ergebnis. Mir ist kalt, ich werfe nochmal 3 Euro ein und erhalte endlich einen Parkschein.

Warum das mit mobile Payment oder (Kredit-)Karte nicht passiert wäre? Nachvollziehbarkeit. Der abgebuchte Betrag ist auf der Abrechnung ersichtlich. Doppelbuchungen und Fehlbuchungen können durch den Kunden nachgewiesen werden. Außerdem kann sich der Automat nicht mehr verschlucken, nur weil ich das Geld zu schnell einwerfe.

(Stefanie Otersen)

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