When it comes to consulting a psychic, medium, tarot card reader, fortune teller (or what ever else you want to call us), it is undeniable that we want to seek out the services of someone who is good at what they do. No one wants to pay for a reading from an idiot that is constantly referring to a book of interpretations (and yes, I have seen it done!). You want one who you feel comfortable with, someone who you connect with, and someone who is popular…
So it would seem that one way to choose the person to read your tarot cards would be to go with one that is regularly busy, right?
I’m seeing more and more fortune tellers advertise that they are “so busy that there is a waiting lost for readings”. That is fair enough. That is, until they are claiming that it will take up to 4 weeks to deliver your reading!
Four weeks? That’s 28 days! A month! By the time they get round to reading your future, it may as well be a reading about your past! I know that when I want particular answers from the tarot cards, I want the cards to give me something contemporary. Paying someone at the beginning of the month for answers about something that is happening right now is pointless if you aren’t going to get a reading until the end of the month. By then it might be too late. And meanwhile, the reader has probably already spent the money paid for the reading!
The marketing experts (or more likely the authors of self published books on marketing) have probably advised that advertising a 4 week waiting list indicates that you are extremely popular, with a huge backlog of readings from previously satisfied clients. In certain industries, that may be a valid marketing ploy. And I suspect it is only a marketing ploy for the vast majority of those who display that on their sites.
If you wanted a family portrait taken at a photography studio, then a wait of a month isn’t unreasonable, and would suggest that the photographer is very busy, because they are very good and sought after. But if you urgently needed an appointment with a chiropodist to deal with an ingrowing toenail that was almost crippling you, and they told you to cope with the pain for a month, you would probably start shopping around for someone who could see you earlier and provide the relief you wanted.
It is a similar concept when someone wants to consult the cards about something.
I’d consider myself to be busy with tarot card readings. A typical reading will probably last about 25-30 minutes on average. On a busy day, I will happily spend up to 12 hours recording readings if required. That is a maximum of 25 readings in a day. And I will read 7 days a week if needed. So if you do the maths, that works out at a potential maximum of 175 readings a week that I can manage if I work really hard. But lets be more realistic with the numbers. I like to take at least one full day off each week, and on occasions 2 days off a week (but never consecutively!). As I promise to deliver readings within a 24 hour time slot, that is still quite possible, as long as I put in the hours when I am working. So I can still record 100-125 readings a week.
These readers who claim to have a 4 week waiting list are either a) reading 40+ hours a week and so popular that they still can’t cope with the demand, b) listening to the so-called marketing experts and lying on their site to make it seem they have 400-500 clients waiting for readings for 4 weeks, or c) not actually putting in the hours that their clients deserve, possibly because they are only reading part-time, and have another source of income.
Let’s briefly analyse those three scenarios… essentially we have Fortune Tellers that are a) unable to tell how busy they are in the future, b) lying to potential new clients or c) either very lazy or so unsuccessful at what they do that they have to earn money elsewhere! None of these is a trait I want in my fortune teller, and they are certainly not strategies I would encourage my students to employ!
It is essential that clients who are paying for readings receive their readings at the earliest possible opportunity. If you are genuinely unable to cope with the number of enquiries and bookings coming through for readings, and you are reading full time, then either bring in staff to help you out with the admin, uploading of videos etc, or stop taking people’s money whilst you clear the backlog. If you are unable to do either of these things, perhaps the business of fortune telling isn’t for you.
A four week queue of readings isn’t a sign of success, it is a sign of failure. As a reader you have failed to deliver readings to your clients until it is potentially too late. You have taken their money but left them without the answers they want.
If as a fortune teller you genuinely are working 40+ hours a week and have a 4 week backlog of readings, do yourself and your clients a favour; work harder, and refund some of your clients. If you aren’t working 40 hours a week reading cards, but do have a 4 week queue, then put in the extra hours, and temporarily shut down your payment and booking system whilst you catch up. And if you are claiming to have a 4 week queue for readings but are sat on your backside eating ice cream paid for by your clients, instead of giving them what they have paid you for, then do everyone a favour and find something more suitable as a career!
If you are looking for a tarot card / rune / crystal reading and are tempted by the idea of having your reading done by someone who is supposedly so successful that you will have to wait 4 weeks to hear back from them, have a look around and see who else is available. there are plenty of hard working very successful fortune tellers out there who won’t leave you waiting for the answers you want!
Are you looking for a Valentines Gift that will change their life?
With the day of celebration for lovers around the world coming up, we thought what better way to mark the occasion than with a special discount code.
Check out this Limited Time Special Offer – Show the person in your life that you love them, with a ticket to “The Secrets of Fortune Telling, for Fun & Profit” – and give them unique skills and a career for life!
And if you are single, why not treat yourself to a ticket… and learn what the cards say about your love-life in the future!
Save £17 between now and Valentines Day…
Earlybird Ticket sales for “The Secrets of Fortune Telling, for Fun & Profit” end on Monday 17th February. The current price is just £77, and will rise to £97 on Monday.
But for the next few days, you can save an additional £17 on the price of your ticket by using the discount code LOVERS17 taking the price down to just £60.
Simply book your ticket through Eventbrite (see link below), and enter the code LOVERS17 at checkout to receive your £17 discount.
This offer closes on Thursday 13th February at Midnight.
Everyone attending will receive a host of Bonus Items, including online access to video training files, Royle’s RAT System DVD-Rom and more!
For full information about the course, click here
We have recently discovered that luxury department store, Harvey Nichols in Manchester are charging over £60 for a half hour Tarot Card Reading…
A quick search on Eventbrite today has revealed that on 1st Feb you can have your Tarot Cards read at Harvey Nics for a whopping £60.64p, (including booking fees). Given that booking slots are every 30 minutes, I’m guessing that you’ll probably only be sat at the table for 25 minutes maximum.
The listing doesn’t suggest that you get a glass of champagne to enjoy with your reading, although at that price, you’d certainly expect it! Neither does it suggest that you are given a limited edition set of gilt edged Tarot Cards to keep afterwards.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying there is anything especially wrong with charging £60 for a half hour reading and not offering something such as a glass of bubbly or a memento. Renting a space in such a prestigeous location in Manchester City Centre probably comes at a price, that has to either be absorbed by the reader, or passed on to the client.
At the end of the day, the market dictates the price. If people are happy to pay £60 for a tarot card reading, that is fine – as long as they can genuinely afford it (but that is a question for the client and the reader to ask themselves). I have personally charged similar prices, and more, for readings, but only when I’m satisfied that it is ethically right to do so.
Give a man a fish… Teach a man to fish…
Paying £60 for a Tarot Reading is all well and good if that is what you want to do with your money. But what if, you could learn the art of Tarot Reading, and much more for £60?
You’d never have to pay £60 for a reading again… In fact you could be the one charging £60 per reading!
Imagine taking your £60 and investing it into learning the secrets of Tarot Cards, Cartomancy, Dendrographology, The Lazy Person’s Astrology System, Numerology, or how to develop your own unique reading system with other objects…
And for just an extra £15 more than a half hour reading at Harvey Nichols, you could not only have the skills to conduct readings, but also the tools!
- Learn all of the above plus lots more,
- Buy your own pack of Tarot Cards (for approximately £10)
- Have enough change left over for a great pint of real ale in one of the best venues in Greater Manchester,
- And have the skills for life to conduct your own readings for family, friends and paying clients… taught by someone who has read the fortunes of thousands of people and is one of only a small handful of professional readers to have an Honorary Doctorate in Divination!
Could you be charging £60+ per 30min reading in 2020? Yes you could. And as the link above proves, there are definitely people willing to pay for it!
But even being realistic and charging half that price when you start out, you could recoup your small investment in just two readings… that is just 1 hour!
Tickets for our 1 day course – The Secrets of Fortune Telling for Fun & Profit on Sunday 8th March, in Rochdale – are already selling fast. The full price tickets cost just £97, and Earlybird tickets on Eventbrite are only £77 until the end of January.
But if you book your place on the course directly via PayPal today, you can learn all the skills needed for a new career for just £60…
Full details of the course, along with testimonials from past students, your free bonus gifts, and tickets can be found at here
But to book your place on this unique, intensive, 1 day course for the ridiculously low price of only £60 you can buy your ticket directly from me via PayPal.me/psychic/60 – but hurry, because we genuinely only have a limited number of tickets left at this price!