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Mount Cleaning Service Advice Wanted

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Gillian L., May 17, 2018.

  1. Hey guys, I'm a young, formally trained taxidermist looking to expand my business to offer cleaning services. I know how to clean pieces but I'm unsure how to go about charging. Do you change by mount or by hour? If by mount can it be quoted over the phone? Do you charge for traveling? Any info/advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance :)
  2. I'm not trying to rain on your parade, but I think that would be a tough market to crack/establish. I just don't know that there are a lot of people willing to pay to have their mounts cleaned...but I've been wrong before. With that being said, I would start by figuring out what an hour of your time is worth when you are doing the most productive/cost-effective thing in your shop. Then figure out how much time it takes to clean a mount and set a price based on that. I'd probably add in some fluff for local travel time so you can advertise one set price and keep it simple. For jobs outside XX miles of your shop, charge travel time based on the hour rate you've already calculated.

  3. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    If you have your own shop.... I all ways offered free cleaning if you bring it into my shop got people to come in and come back and cost me vary little time or money. If the piece is really bad say it needs professionally restored and cleaning it wont help and give them a price.
    You now show them good work (your work) vs crap they had some other taxidermist do. Set up at an event (gun show) and so how to clean them and sell the supplies to do it.
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