When I first started doing restaurants, I ran into a problem with getting my asking price. Once they saw my performance and what I could do for their restaurant, that changed. My general fee is by the hour...with a 3 hour minimum. I will
negotiate my fee according to the size of the restaurant, and the type of restaurant...family dining, casual dining, fine dining, etc..
I once had a General Manager tell me he would pay me top dollar for my entertainment. He followed it up with "$15 an hour". I kind of laughed and told him that my normal fee was 8 1/2 times that amount (about $125 an hour), but I would cut him a deal at $95 an hour for a minimum of 3 hours. Of course, he scoffed at that, and told me that I was crazy for charging such an amount and said something about charging him more than his doctor would.
I gave him a copy of my DVD, as well as a list of client references, and 3 weeks later, I was booked for his restaurant at the rate I quoted him...$95.00 an hour.
My point to that story is....The reason why a doctor charges so much is because not everybody can do what they do. They have their specialty field. That's what they do. Servers in a restaurant all get the paid the same...they do the same job as everyone else in that place. YOU should command a MUCH higher wage...not everyone can do what YOU do...Provide quality entertainment to the guests of the restaurant, promote their business (while promoting yours
), increasing guest satisfaction, and increasing servers' incomes. In an way, you are working miracles in that restaurant by boosting sales, generating entertainment for the restaurant, boosting incomes and morale of the servers... Let's see someone ELSE do that for minimum wage. Not gonna happen. And I HAVE been known to tell the General Manager of a restaurant, "You get what you pay for."