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Davejochow, post: 182937 wrote:
Hi just a question about deposits and events. I am a decorator and lately I have people book me to do their event then they cancel a few weeks before hand. How long before an event can I ask for a deposit, because sometimes people book in very busy times and then cancel leaving me high and dry.

I suggest asking for a deposit immediately they book.
You could offer a discount if they pay in full straight away too.
You should also have a very clear refund policy.

e.g. 80% refund up to 8 weeks prior to the event.
50% refund up to 4 weeks prior to the event
Nil refund less than 4 weeks (unless someone else fills the booking – then 80% refund applies)

I wouldn’t offer a 100% refund except in extreme cases (e,g. death) because once you pencil in the date then you (and they) have committed to it – closing the door to others who may want that date.