May 19, 2014
Recently I was contacted by a woman who was looking to have a drum making workshop. She was referred to me by 2 people that she knew and trusted. When we spoke, she told me about her recent attempt to get a drum making workshop scheduled from another teacher. She and her friends sent money to this person, and the class didn’t happen. She said that she had some feelings of reservation at the time, but went ahead and sent the money. This “teacher” promised to return the money, but it didn’t happen. Now that money is gone.
I just thought it would be good to remind people to do some research before sending money to anyone! Ask as many people as you can for a referral. Look on the internet for testimonials or complaints filed. And if you do get ripped-off, make sure and post a caution so that others will have the information as well. I know there is a such thing as “defamation of character”, and you don’t want to go there, but there are also ways to rate a business or service, such as; “I rate this person’s services at (1-10) “
On the other hand, if you are a teacher offering services or workshops, it’s a good idea to list your requirements as far as deposits and refunds go. In my workshops, if I purchase materials and the student cancels, I’m out that money if they want a refund, (yes, it has happened) so I have been careful to clearly state that materials fees are non-refundable once the materials have been purchased and they can be used at a later date. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way, I am hoping this note will help others so they don’t have to learn that way!
All the best to you!