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Friday, February 17, 2012

A Private One-On-One Customized Adventure Retreat

Many busy clients would prefer to go on Adventure Retreat with you and perhaps their partner, not a group. If you stay in the Adventure Retreat business long enough, sooner or later you will be asked to do this. We've seen requests for 60-minute lunch retreats to day-long birthday adventures to multi-day renewal getaways.

Now is the time to determine your fees for such a request. You don't need to know what the client wants to do or where he or she wants to go to consider:
  • What will you charge per day or half day?
  • How many hours do you consider equal one day? A half day? Be clear about your time with the client(s) and your private time.
  • What is your maximum number of days? Minimum number of days?
  • To where are you willing to travel?
  • What days of the week or weeks of the month or time of the year do you have open and available for this kind of opportunity?
  • What expenses will be the client's responsibility and what expenses are you willing to pay for?
For instance, what if the client wants a customized retreat snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies? What will you charge per day? How many hours do you spend with the client(s) during a typical day? Who pays your expenses to get to the retreat location? Who pays your lodging and snowshoe rental? Who pays for your meals?

I suggest that in the beginning you make it easy on yourself and charge $X per day plus all of your expenses are paid by the client. This way you do not have to scramble to do a breakeven analysis before you get back to the client with your price. Plus, this is very similar to the model many businesses are familiar with when they engage a workshop presenter or a guest speaker.

If you are already offering Adventures and Retreats for groups, you can easily modify your theme and topic to fit one or two individuals.

But you WILL want to think through your pricing ahead of time.

Like many other things in life, as soon as you've planned for this opportunity, you're likely to be asked.
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