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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 05 Jan 2004, and now archived in the Forum Library.



gloria  05 Jan 2004 
Is there anyone here on the forum that does readings from home?
What I mean is having the querent come to your home specifically for a reading, in a professional mode.
It would seem the ideal set-up in some respects. But I’m not talking here of reading for friends or their acquaintances but for the public at large. Placing an ad. In local paper maybe and awaiting the ‘flood’ of calls. :)
There are many that do just this, but is there an element of danger do you think? What about security and safety here?
How can this be dealt with in a reasonable and logical way?
I’d very much like to hear your views here.

Gloria. 


Ivy Rhiannon  05 Jan 2004 
I would be a little worried...I mean I haven't read for the public on a large scale, but I have read for quite a few strangers. Some of which I am grateful never saw my home. Your home is sacred space.

Most people who enjoy the tarot are good, wholesome people, or at least I would like to think so! But you do run across those who are quite unpleasant! When you read for strangers in your home you are opening yourself, and your family, up to them completly. I would take care as to whom I just let wonder in. It's an awful thing that we can't just trust people like we used to.

But if you do decide to go through with it, there are some suggustions I would give...
*Set up a special place to do the readings,
*Purify it and your cards regularly (this is most easily achieved be smudging),
*And get to know your clients, maybe through an appointment, before you do a reading.

This being said, I think it is a possiblity! Good luck! 


Simone  05 Jan 2004 
Some years ago, I've had people coming to my home for readings, and my experiences of this were not very happy. They often left a very peculiar vibration, and at that time, I still did not know what to do about this or how to purify it. I never had a problem with theft though, the only thing was that one man tried to convince me to have - well - intercourse with him, and this was a very very very peculiar situation... :( So I stopped it.

Now I think that if your house/home is big enough so that you can dedicate a room to this which will not be used for ordinary life, this could already be a solution. And the proposal to purify the place regularly, like Yvy Rhiannon sais, is a very good idea.

Light and love
Simone 


gloria  05 Jan 2004 
Welcome Ivy and thank you for posting here.
I have to say though that I don't intend to read from home, I prefer to read from a distance.
But there are quite a number of people, mostly women I have found that do 'work' from home. Whether they be clairvoyants, tarotists etc..even those offering alternative treatments.
I have had readings myself in the past where I have gone to the person's home after answering an ad. in the local paper. But it's only recently that I've wondered about the 'security' aspect here.
And if there are people here who do home readings, how they get round this.
Thank you for your ideas and suggestions Ivy...just what I was after. G. 


Alissa  05 Jan 2004 
I have two home-based "businesses" that I operate OUT of the home - Tarot and henna temporary tattoos.

In my years of experience, primarily in doing henna appointments for the public at large (but applicable to doing Tarot too) I would not recommend using your own residence as a place of business.

You will be advertising to the great wide world, and security reasons abound for not opening your private space into a public space.

There are a lot of other options that are free, and are helpful to a home-based reading business. You may wish to check your local libraries for private study rooms that can be arranged for ahead of time, or chose a local coffee shop or diner that would seem open to the idea of you meeting a client inside.

I sometimes offer home appointments, but charge a travel fee (depending on distance) to get there. I recommend caution when doing this though ... you are walking into an unknown environment, and it might be completely benign, but it also might not.

In short, I don't recommend doing business out of your home with strangers. 


Vynara  05 Jan 2004 
"A man's home is his castle". I agree with the thought that your home is sacred, it's not really a good idea to expose such a haven to outside elements. I don't even let my friends come over to hang out often, and not even my boyfriend whom I've dated seriously for over a year. It's just.... I don't know, home is a space for family and no one else can quite fit in.

The people I know who does tarot readings on a, well, commerical scale... almost all have an "office" somewhere to do so. Going to a home, whether the querent's or the reader's (is there a term for the reader, as there is for the readee? lol...), is only when there is NO other possible alternative. Like the querent's bed ridden for example. 


Majecot  05 Jan 2004 
I would be afraid of opening my home up for "visitors", I know that there are a couple of places near me that do that, but I would not be comfortable with that..
I am sure my dog would not allow such a thing either. 


Vynara  05 Jan 2004 
:laugh::laugh::laugh: LOL Majecot! :laugh::laugh::laugh:

reminds me of the countless times I got barked and snarled at by my friend's big dog, and the occasional nibble :( 


Majecot  05 Jan 2004 
Vynara.. yes big doggie... big bark....may bite... that is what the sign should read.
He is usually very friendly (loud and scarey) but friendly.. but one time I thought he was going to eat the water delivery guy... I actually had to lock him up, that was a feat in itself because he weighs 90 pounds and when he does not want to move, he doesn't..:laugh:
I could just imagine what he be like if I have clients coming to the door. 


TemperanceAngel  05 Jan 2004 
YES!! I read from home when I have clients (and please send me some *prayer*)

I like them to come word of mouth, so that way they are connected to someone I know, rather than complete strangers.

My mother-in-law has run a business from her home reading tarot, sometimes other stuff (kinesiology, flower essences, hyponotherapy) for 25 - 30 years.

XTAX 


Ivy Rhiannon  05 Jan 2004 
Your welcome Gloria, and thank you for the greeting! Glad I could help! Besides that's just the astral threats, not even going to get into the physical dangers... 


Star Spirit  06 Jan 2004 
This thread is an eye-opener. I've never done in-person readings for strangers yet, although I do plan to in the future. I will keep this in mind, as I never thought about the security issue either. I probably would not read for complete strangers in my home unless they were acquainted with someone I knew well or I had met them beforehand. I certainly would not post an ad in the paper and invite just anyone into my home. 


TemperanceAngel  06 Jan 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by TemperanceAngel
YES!! I read from home when I have clients (and please send me some *prayer*)


And someone did phone, HOORAY!!! A friend of a friend who I met one night last year :)

XTAX 


gloria  07 Jan 2004 
Many varied replies here. Thank you.
So sorry to hear about your experience Simone that could have turned into a nasty situation.
Overall, it doesn’t seem as if you think it a viable option. Unless of course we have a dog like Magecot’s.
Vynara I agree wholeheartedly that our home is our castle, our inner sanctum.
Good alternative ways of going about it Allisa.
But then again, as Temperance Angel says there are people like her mother-in-law who have ‘read’ from home for many years. It would be interesting to hear her views here Temperance. I bet she’d have a few stories to tell. :)
I could see it being okay if your clients are recommended by friends. But eventually this ‘circle’ of people will widen and further down the line they will be complete strangers.
Surely we would ‘sense’ if something wasn’t quite right with a client? What do you think?
I am still in two minds though if it would be worth the risk.
Maybe Magecot, you have the answer!!!
Thank you to you all....Gloria. 


Majecot  07 Jan 2004 
Maybe Gloria, but he might try to sit on their lap through the reading... or at the table.. he is a Lab, but some times I think he thinks he is a much smaller dog...:laugh: 


gloria  07 Jan 2004 
:laugh: Magecot I used to have a Staffordshire Bull terrier who looked very menacing indeed. But in fact he had a wonderful temperament and used to do just that, jump up and sit with people that visited.
Of course not everyone was happy with it.......but he sure was! :laugh: 


lark  07 Jan 2004 
Hi Gloria,
I do readings from my house. But I am very picky about who I let in here. Only those I know or have been sent from a friend or family member. I work at a Spirit Fair so many times people will call and want a reading between weekends.
If I have any negative feeling about them I tell them I will do a phone consultation and if that's not good enough I give them the next date of the fair.

If I do have clients in the house I will do a morning or afternoon reading for someone I'm comfortable with.
If a friend or family member recommends me, nine out of ten times they come along with the person, because the person is to shy to come alone. So that works out great.

If the person is a stranger I only offer them a reading at night when my husband is home.
But I do this very seldom.
I have a separate reading room, so this doesn't bother him.
He is very supportive of my tarot work and the only thing he asks of me is that I create a safe enviroment for myself by having others around when I'm doing a reading for a stranger.

My dogs would lick a stranger to death. So their no help.

So far I have had no bad experiences. But I screen everyone very carefully, and no drop ins. They have to call first.
The important thing for me was to make guide lines and stick to them no matter what.
Trust your instincts.
And don't let anyone take advantage of you.
Your time and energy is just as valuable as any other service.
Always respect yourself and your gift.
And your clients will respect you too.

Best of luck :) 


Vynara  07 Jan 2004 
From Lark: "My dogs would lick a stranger to death. So their no help."

LOL! That just tickled me, even it IS 2am in the morning now.

Don't worry Lark, licking can be quite a deterrant sometimes! I remember a guy I dated had, like, five or six cutest dogs of all sizes in his house.... well, having six dogs licking you can be quite a tramatic experience =P

well Gloria I don't know if this will help or confuse you more *blush* but I asked a friend of mine her opinion on this... she would meet her clients outside somewhere in a public place and sizes them up, before deciding where to bring them for their reading - home or office or their homes. 


gloria  07 Jan 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by lark
My dogs would lick a stranger to death. So their no help.


Dogs lick their wounds to heal them...maybe this would have a similar effect on any client just a trifle 'shady?' ;)

A good summary Lark....wise advice there.

"well Gloria I don't know if this will help or confuse you more *blush* but I asked a friend of mine her opinion on this... she would meet her clients outside somewhere in a public place and sizes them up, before deciding where to bring them for their reading - home or office or their homes."

Not sure about this Vynara...let's face it, you could get sidetracked and end up not doing the reading at all. If you know what I mean. ;)

Gloria. 


MeeWah  07 Jan 2004 
I choose to not advertise. It limits the exposure but eliminates the worries associated with advertising to strangers at large.

I have always read for in-person clients from wherever I lived & currently, from my home & have done so for many years. There has never been a problem (thank God/dess!); however, the clients are either those whom *I know in some capacity or by referral only*. Some are brought to me, in which case the escort gets to share a beverage & hang out in the livingroom-library, away from the reading environment which is my kitchen. Since I tend to do most of my Tarotwork at the kitchen table, 'tis a natural area for client readings. The built-in sliding door between the kitchen & the vestibule remains closed during sessions. This has worked well, & also avoids disruptions.

I am fortunate to have a supportive family. If they are home, all I have to say is a client is coming or I have to read & the family makes sure they stay away from the kitchen. 


gloria  07 Jan 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by MeeWah
I choose to not advertise. It limits the exposure but eliminates the worries associated with advertising to strangers at large.

Now here, I think lies the very answer. Advertising, even though it be in a local paper, I think is most definitely putting a reader in a vulnerable position. Who knows the kind of person an ad. like this would entice.
As Temperance too has suggested...referrals from friends, colleagues etc. would seem to be the better option.
Temperance if you read this, I would be interested in how your mother-in-law started out, although I would imagine 25-30 years ago, the world would have been a different place!
Thanks for that MeeWah. 


TemperanceAngel  07 Jan 2004 
Just talking about sensing, I had a client coming last year and I rang her to cancel the appointment, I didn't know why, spirit guided me to do so. I nearly fell over backwards when she no-one would do a reading for her, people kept cancelling!!!!

Quote:
Originally posted by gloria
As Temperance too has suggested...referrals from friends, colleagues etc. would seem to be the better option.
Temperance if you read this, I would be interested in how your mother-in-law started out, although I would imagine 25-30 years ago, the world would have been a different place!


The world was a different place then, my M-I-L works from a place with about 70,000 people and very conservative. Back then interested parties would of been quite small and connected. She was one of the only readers around, a single mum with 3 kids who needed to earn extra cash, so it was a case of have to.

These days people come from far and wide to see her and she is always booked out months in advance. A fantastic reader, with exceptional psychic skills and a medium too.

She has worked on and off over the years due to illness and different things, but people will always come back to her, and now their children do too! I feel she was very much a pioneer in the industry.

I feel a bit naughty writing stuff about her on here....

The world of Tarot has changed a lot since the 70's, it has opened more which has two sides, 1 being that it is more of an open topic. People get their hair done, people get their cards done. Two, it allows for more 'crap' to come in, that is why we must use our intuition to know what is right.

A tip for anyone trying to get clients at home, I did a swap with my hairdresser, a haircut for a reading and now she tells everyone in her salon about me and hands my cards out :)

XTAX

Edited to note that all Tarot businesses were all home ones in the 70's, that is why you find that people who are working and in their 40-60's work from home. In Australia that is, I am not sure of other countries. 


allibee  07 Jan 2004 
Hi Gloria

I no longer read from home and just confine myself to the internet where I can happily sit in my PJ's and curlers and no ones any the wiser ;)

When I read at home it was only to friends of friends, who tagged along with aforementioned friend who got a very cheap reading for bringing someone else along ... and staying with them!

The two readers I used to visit were both retired ladies who would have their retired husband answer the door and escort you to their kitchen table or wherever ... whereupon they would leave with a comment along the lines of: I'll be just outside if you need me

So ... that was their method of dealing with the security issue ... and thank heaven for the internet nowadays


allibee (heathen at large .. or maybe just a large heathen ) :) 


gloria  08 Jan 2004 
Hi there Allibee :)…..can you see me then? Because here I sit, still in my PJ’s …but as for curlers? No way!
I remember going for readings, mainly clairvoyance…tarot readers a bit thin on the ground then, but quite a few were elderly as you say. But yes you always got a fleeting glimpse of another person lurking somewhere in the background.
I generally went with a friend or two and we would be shown into a sitting-room before being taken singly into ‘the room’ where reading took place. And always a male, generally elderly, would maybe pop in, pick up a newspaper or something and disappear again. A well placed cough or two here and there would also serve to remind us our ‘reader’ was not alone!
Ah those were the days….I think safest bet now, (although Temperance and Meewah’s set-up and the way they go about it sounds ideal), is by telephone or internet.
Which reminds me, I am going over to Miss Apples thread on creating a web-site for readings, as reading professionally via telephone has its problems. How is payment made? That is if you don’t want to go into all the red tape of being able to offer credit card facilities, or maybe can’t for some reason.
Why is it nothing seems to be straight-forward and plain-sailing now? :(

Gloria. 


allibee  08 Jan 2004 
Paypal is easy peasy, honestly, and you can have paid direct into your bank account. You can take debit cards with it too!

However I haven't gone the route of any other kind of payment as it would involve giving out my address to send cheques or postal orders to ... if you have a PO Box, a) it costs money to maintain, and b) sounds a bit iffy ... I know I wouldn't be happy sending cash/cheque/PO to a PO Box number ... but that's just me

Good luck! 


gloria  08 Jan 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by TemperanceAngel
I feel a bit naughty writing stuff about her on here....

You shouldn't Temperance. From what you have told us, I for one have nothing but admiration for her.

Quote:
A tip for anyone trying to get clients at home, I did a swap with my hairdresser, a haircut for a reading and now she tells everyone in her salon about me and hands my cards out :)

That's a good one!!
Thanks for your imput Temperance. 


gloria  08 Jan 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by allibee
However I haven't gone the route of any other kind of payment as it would involve giving out my address to send cheques or postal orders to ... if you have a PO Box, a) it costs money to maintain, and b) sounds a bit iffy ... I know I wouldn't be happy sending cash/cheque/PO to a PO Box number ... but that's just me


I agree here Allibee. I shall look into PayPal...although not sure you can use this service with telephone readings, or can you?
You say PayPal is easy peasy...it has always sent shivers down my spine...sounds soooo complicated...but I'll take your word for it.
Cheers for that Gloria. 


allibee  08 Jan 2004 
I should imagine its the same as any other 'service' one sells using paypal.

My initial thoughts would be to set up your site with paypal, and when you get the confirmation that this person has paid then you can call them ... you will have to have a form or get them to email their number to you ... kinda depends on who you want to pay for the phone call. Could be very costly for either of you if they are transatlantic

Just some thoughts


A. 


gloria  08 Jan 2004 
Thanks for that Allibee, much appreciated. :) 


CreativeFire  11 Jan 2004 
Good topic Gloria with some interesting feedback.

I had a home business for a number of years (not tarot related) - Lark has given some really good advice here.

Another thing you may like to consider is that if it is at all possible have a "seperate"' entrance, other than the normal entrance to your home. That way you don't have to take clients through your home to get to your reading / work area. Also if the area can be locked off from your personal space physically - this helps to detach the business side from your home space.

Temperance, think you are very lucky to have a mother-in-law with that sort of knowledge and experience!

Also had a chuckle at Majecot's dog - had similar problem my large over protective Rottweiller who was a very good deterent until he sadly passed away - but the big "Beware of Dog" sign still makes people think twice about just dropping in.

Cheers
CreativeFire 


gloria  11 Jan 2004 
CreativeFire... Welcome to the forum and thanks for posting here.
I agree with you, the feedback certainly has been varied and interesting.
Your idea of a 'separate' place for reading is another good one. Yes, the need to detach from your personal homelife would be very important.
Thanks for that CF. :)
Gloria. 


The Reading From Home. thread was originally posted on 05 Jan 2004 in the Talking Tarot board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Talking Tarot, or read more archived threads.

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