I received an email the other day asking me for a free reading.
The person stated that since we (psychics & mediums) are using our God-given gifts to supposedly “help people” that our readings should be free. They also asked why the fees range from some psychics charging only $25 per reading and others charging $200, $300 or $500+ for a reading.
It is a very good question…One I gave a lot of thought to before answering
At first, I got angry and I wanted to fire back at this person for asking me to do a free reading. Then I caught myself and realized that this person may not have a clue as to how much effort and energy I put into my work, my marketing, and my business. So I took a deep breath as I typed out my reply.
First, let me explain the difference between a psychic and a medium.
A psychic is one who can obtain information about a person, place or item through their extrasensory perceptions. They can read, feel or see energy, images, feelings or future situations about a person’s health, career, relationships, etc., and know things they should have no other way of knowing.
A medium is one who can communicate with departed spirits.
Not all psychics are mediums and not all mediums are psychic. Some, including me, are both.
Is it wrong to charge for doing spiritual work?
Some psychics/mediums do offer free readings. There are psychic forums where you can post your questions and get a free reading or at least get an answer to a burning question. There are spiritualist churches and events that have a day of mediumship where attendees can get readings for free or for a nominal donation. Most of the hardworking psychics/mediums that I know genuinely want to help others whether it be to heal from a loss or to encourage them to sharpen their own intuitive abilities or in my case, to help the animals. I also donate my services to various non-profit animal agencies and families of victims who are seeking help with a missing person or unsolved case.
Some psychics/mediums may not charge for their services as they do not need to support themselves with their gifts. They may have a spouse or partner or even a trust fund and do not need the income. Some offer free readings for the practice or for the sheer joy of it as a hobby or an interest such as those who volunteer or do community outreach. Some psychic/mediums have taken extensive classes, training, and earned certifications or degrees for their work and all of that adds up so they charge more for their services.
Unless you are one of the few lucky psychic/mediums who have a television show, many must work regular jobs which have nothing to do with psychic work. There aren’t many job opportunities for professional psychics. When they must work another full-time job to support themselves or their families, they cannot devote as much time to helping others with their psychic gifts and may charge less for their readings.
We have mortgages, car payments, insurance, and groceries just like everyone else
For those brave psychic/mediums who offer their services on a full-time basis, such as myself, we have to charge enough money to support ourselves and our families. Some mistakenly think that if a psychic/medium charges $200 an hour that they will earn $200 every hour for eight hours a day or $8,000 in one week, $34,000 per month or $400,000+ per year. In reality, a professional psychic/medium can only do about two or three quality readings a day and most likely only a few days a week.
What many people don’t realize is how much energy it takes to give readings. We expend a lot of energy and time as we prepare for a reading and open ourselves to receive information. Before you call in for your appointment, I have already been tuning into your energy, your pet’s energy or your loved one’s energy obtaining information and details to share during your session. Because of this, your 30-minute session has actually taken 60+ minutes for me. This work can be very draining and if we are not careful, we can actually lower our immunity, become sick, overwhelmed and cause our quality of work to deteriorate.
There is a fine line of balance we must keep in order to stay happy, healthy and attentive to our families and loved ones
Professional psychics/mediums also have to market themselves which costs a lot of money. We cannot help others if no one knows that we exist. We must pay for computer equipment, telephones, phone service, email service providers, scheduling software, credit card fees, just like any other business. In the state of Washington, we pay a Business and Operating tax, on top of our 15.3% federal self-employment tax.
Self-employed people pay DOUBLE the amount of self-employment tax than W-2 wage earners
In other words, self-employment tax is roughly twice what you’d pay if you were an employee. As a self-employed person, you’re responsible for the employer share of payroll taxes as well as the employee share. For instance, if I earn $100 conducting a session I owe $15.30 self-employment tax on that $100 so I, in reality, I make only $84.70, not $100.
There are also other operating expenses such as hiring assistants to help with scheduling, phone calls, emails, ordering, and all the other business essentials which all costs a lot of money, which in turn we have to earn back through our fees. When you subtract all of these expenses and taxes the actual amount that I net has been considerably whittled down.
I know quite a few psychic/mediums who could earn a much bigger paycheck working at a regular job, including me, but we chose to leave high-paying jobs as we often feel called to do our psychic work. We often forego big paychecks, bonuses, and the corporate atmosphere to follow our passion and pursue our psychic gifts. Being self-employed is not easy in this world, let alone doing psychic work.
It takes courage to stand up in public and announce that you are a psychic/medium in a world of naysayers, cynics, and skeptics. While attitudes are changing and many more people are open to the concept of psychic work thanks to popular shows and psychics/mediums like John Edward, James Van Praagh, George Anderson, The Long Island Psychic, Teresa Caputo, the Beverly Hills Psychic, Tyler Henry, and Allison Dubois.
For the average psychic it can be an uphill battle in this economy
I believe that anyone using a God-given talent such as psychic abilities, musical skills or athletic talent has a right to charge for their natural, spiritual gifts. No one questions professional athletes, popular musicians, rock stars, or actors for charging for their work. So why is charging for psychic work any different? We are providing a service, a healing, or life-changing message to improve the lives of our clients and we deserve to be paid for our time, effort and energy that we expend.
A psychic/medium who charges a higher fee may very well have many more years of experience, training, and expertise than one who offers free readings. It is hard not to judge but unless you have walked a day in the shoes of a psychic/medium it is best not to judge too harshly. You may pay a higher fee for a detailed and specific reading than you would pay for a general and less specific one. Depending on the psychic/medium, it may be that the opposite is true. Great psychic/mediums come in all shapes, sizes, colors and fee ranges. One is not necessarily better than the other. It is your personal choice and one only you can make. Finding the right psychic/medium to work with can be a challenge and much like finding the right hair stylist or the right doctor to go to, sometimes you have to shop around until you find someone you resonate with.
Before you judge a psychic/medium for charging a higher fee do your homework
Make sure you have the whole picture before you schedule a session. Many legitimate psychics, like me, will offer a free consultation as a way to help you decide if you resonate with them. Sure, there are frauds, fakes and wannabe’s out there but I challenge you to name one profession where there aren’t frauds.
This ended up being a lot longer than I intended it to be but I’m very passionate about this work. It is a job, just like the one you go to every business day.
Before you ask a psychic/medium to give you a free reading…
Ask yourself this question: “Would you go to work for free? Would you forego your paycheck?”
You don’t need to be psychic to know the answer to that question.
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