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    Default Commision for Referer?

    How do we pay a referer. Say that he / she runs a studio but doesn't do AD wedding.
    Do you pay a flat "ang pow" amount or a %?

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    Default Re: Commision for Referer?

    I would pay a flat amount for every order that he/she generates for you. Not sure how much you charge - but somewhere in the 10-20% range seems reasonable for referral type of business. And you only pay him, after you have received your money from the client ;-)

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    Default Re: Commision for Referer?

    as a matter goodwill you can give him a token amount,

    but make it a nice number, and maybe a amount you think is reasonable to your earnings.
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    10%
    standard
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    Default Re: Commision for Referer?

    Quote Originally Posted by jekyll69 View Post
    10%
    standard
    there's a standard??
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    if you know your own value, there is no need to lower your income grading.

    say normally you charge $400 for a shoot, but have to chip off 10% i.e. $40 for commission. so to retain your usual fee, you mark up to $450 and pass on the 10%, still retain normal profit.

    why charge this way ?

    your ego and passion in doing the job will not be tarnished bcoz you do not feel being short change for your output and skill.

    win-win situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jekyll69 View Post
    10%
    standard
    10%?

    My understanding is it's 5%. Even in other industries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jekyll69 View Post
    10%
    standard
    Hello Jekyll69,

    Afraid you are wrong, there's no standard.

    Furthermore, some social/commercial circles (professional photography included) don't work on referral fees. There's a quid pro quo kind of thing that goes on. When you recommend a job to a wedding planner, photographer, framer, etc you will get a favor in return for the long term.

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    Last edited by Zohan; 22nd September 2009 at 12:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zohan View Post
    Hello Jekyll69,

    Afraid you are wrong, there's no standard.

    Furthermore, some social/commercial circles (professional photography included) don't work on referral fees. There's a quid pro quo kind of thing that goes on. When you recommend a job to a wedding planner, photographer, framer, etc you will get a favor in return for the long term.

    Z
    i like that, but all graphic, production & ads co. always asked to be covered 10% - 15%.

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    This is a "ren qing" thing, no standard.

    Give how much you think is ok.
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    人情债难还 ! still pay up better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casio View Post
    10%?

    My understanding is it's 5%. Even in other industries.
    5% - 10%, give any more & u start a referral war and all of u will be left standing with no clothes... and no clients...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MettaLife View Post
    5% - 10%, give any more & u start a referral war and all of u will be left standing with no clothes... and no clients...
    it will start something like....

    ABC studio and XYZ photography both offer me 15%, you only give 10% hah !?

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    I normally give a little bit extra to my referer. If you want more jobs from them , well you must know how to " 会做人". This kind of thing very straight forward 1.. no standard rates. Anyway dont try to be cheapo with them, for this part no need to explain more. I guess you know what I mean.
    Im not a "free lunch" photographer

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