I am helping a friend with the sale of a horse and she keeps asking me how much i will charge. Shoul i go with a set fee or a percentage? Horse will probably sell between $1200 and $2500
I am taking sale pictures and videos , writing the ads, placing the ads and helping to show the horse. What's the going "good guy" rate?
A friend told me I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.
Here, if you broker the sale of a horse, friend or not, generally the charge is 10%.
Even for a friend, if you are providing a service, it is ok to charge for it.
You can waive it if you want, of course.
I have heard that some of the higher end professionals are charging 15%.
If you are selling your horse thru a trainer and the buyer is also working thru a trainer, it is customary for the seller to pay and both trainers to share 1/2 and 1/2 any commission.
Assembling the pictures and videos would not be a huge investment (time or cost); assuming this was my friend and I could get it done in 3-4 hours or less, I'd just do it as a favor. Or like someone else said, She could take you out for dinner or to the movies or something.
But, do think hard about showing the horse to buyers --that part of the project has potential to be a huge time-suck and source of tension. Talk through exactly how that is going to work so there are no hidden expectations on either side.
Regardless if it's a flat fee or % of sale price, it will not feel like adequate compensation if you're still being asked to show him to buyers 8 mos from now. Or if the owner had a perfectly good buyer for $1,200 but refuses because she wants $1,500 and not a penny less g-dammit! What would happen if she decides to lease the horse instead of sell? How many days a week are you available to show the horse? Is it a long commute for you to get to the barn-- what would be your fuel cost? ....Just stuff that's worth discussing in advance.
In theory, yes, but the difference between theory and reality is that, in theory, there is no difference between theory and reality but, in reality, there is a difference.