1. Decide how much to charge
No matter how good of a DJ you are, if your price is much higher than comparable artists in your city, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on bookings.
There are a few factors that can help you set a price:
Add your experience
Your DJing experience is one of your selling point on your profile, add your best photos from gigs, adding some reviews, and uploading your mixes. This will give people an idea of what they can expect if they hire you.
Providing extra services
It’s good to let the organizers know which services you provide besides playing. For example, let the organizer know if your price includes sound system, DJ decks, or something else. See more about setting up services below.
Local market rates
Check the rates of other DJs in your city, and make sure you don’t under- or over-charge. Use our DJ cost calculator tool to see the average prices in your city or country and position yourself accordingly.
2. How to set up pricing in Cueup
The ranking of search results will be determined by how well the DJs set up their pricing. Organizers prefer to know the price range in advance before considering reaching out to a DJ. Let's look at how to set up your pricing:
Setting up your hourly rate
Your hourly rate is the amount you will be paid for your DJ services, excluding any additional services you offer. As the length of the event increases, the total price will automatically increase. For example, if your hourly rate is $100 and you get booked for 3 hours then the total you getting paid will be $300. You can adjust your hourly rate by go to edit profile and select pricing here.
Your hourly rate and the additional service (explained below) will be combined upon the check out process, therefore, we recommend keeping your hourly rate low and upsell with the additional service that you provided. Let’s continue..
Setting a fixed minimum price
Set a fixed minimum price to make sure you never get booked for less than the minimum price. For example, if you minimum price is $500, and your hourly rate is $100, you will still get paid $500 for a 1 hour gig.
Adding extra services
Add services to show all the things you can provide when playing a gig. The extra service gives you the opportunity to clearly communicate your pricing, and also justify a higher rate.
Examples of services:
- Zoom call ahead of the event.
- Extra charge for DJ decks or a sound system.
- … or something else.
We provide some template services in the settings, but feel free to add your own custom service too.
There are two conditions that can be applied when you add an extra service:
- Required If you set a service as required, it will automatically be added to the total price on your booking page. Required services show up under “Services included” on your profile, not required services show up under “Add-on services”.
- Charge extra for service Decide if this is a service you charge for or if it’s free / included in your hourly rate.
Enabling Instant Booking
Enable the Instant Booking to allow organizers to book you directly from your profile based on your pricing.
When enabled, requests will automatically be accepted with an offer created based on your pricing settings. This offer can always be updated.
If you disable instant booking you are required to accept or decline requests manually within 48 hours. If you don’t accept with a custom offer within 48 hours, you will risk loosing the gig as it will automatically be declined.
We recommend turning on Instant booking if you want to get gigs.
Sending a custom offer
You can always send a custom offer for a gig or update the current offer. When creating or updating an offer, you can add multiple items and specify a price for each item. That way you can make it clear what’s included in the booking.
Updating offer after confirmation
If you update an offer after the organizer has paid, the organizer will be requested to pay the remaining amount, but we can’t guarantee the full payment.