Taking a leap

So! I’ve finally decided to start doing paid-for readings. Having been getting such lovely, positive feedback on my readings for some time now, and actually struggling to fit them all in, I’ve thought yes, I’ve thought no, and I’ve been through the struggle that every professional tarot reader must surely experience. As in, ‘that’s ridiculous! I can’t, like, charge for this!!’

Much has been written on the subject of taking that leap, and overcoming the mental block that surrounds the concept of charging for something like tarot, so I won’t try to re-articulate it all here. For some sound words on this matter, try Christine Jette’s revered tome Professional Tarot. What I want to write about it the rest of the strange soup of feelings I’m currently digesting.

One – sort of embarrassed! Maybe it’s my British self-deprecating tendencies, or a fear of what people will think of me, but the thought of self-promotion just fills me with…ickyness. Strange, because when I see others marketing themselves well, I feel nothing but admiration.

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Two – nervous. Not that I don’t put heart and soul into my free readings and abide by a strict code of ethics, but there’s something about reading for free that takes the pressure off a little. I believe my readings are good enough to charge for, but what if others don’t agree? What if put myself out there and then everyone just thinks I’m a load of crap?!

Three – excited! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and now seems like a great time. I’m trying to wind down my day job and focus on the things in my life that make me happy and to which I can give my energy and passion. The idea of tarot reading forming a part of that fils me with excitement.

Four – confused. I mean…I’ve never run my own business before. I think I have the nouse to keep my records straight and my schedule organised, but there must be so much I don’t know about yet…

Overall, though, I feel proud. Feelings of nervousness and confusion are surely quite normal, and I’m sure I’ll overcome the embarrassment soon enough. I’m pleased that my tarot practice has reached a point where I feel my readings are worthy of someone’s hard-earned cash, and I’m looking forward to giving them guidance that’s worth every penny.

One comment

  1. Chloe says:

    Hi LR,I went pro in 2006, but I haven’t always done much on this front. I started off working face-to-face at weekend retreats and parties, which was great. Then my son was born, and I was more housebound, so between 2008 and 2010 I worked a "psychic" phoneline. Now I just take readings through my website – not a lot comes in, but then I don’t have much time anyway :)There are some useful resources in the TABI forums, with suggestions of where/how to advertise etc. Some people like going to fayres, too, but there can be additional costs in terms of stall set up and so on. I really enjoyed the phone line work, but I think if I had more time I’d probably try for face-to-face clients, as the phoneline clients’ expectations are sometimes hard to manage.Wishing you much success,Chloë

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