Instructors I was wondering

Instructors I was wondering

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    Instructors I was wondering

    Have any of you that are Instructors for conceal carry ask students to pay in advance for class ? or have them pay afterwards ? The reason I bring it up is after ordering and buying the materials ,then taking time off work because they wanted a private class one won't return calls and another canceled stating he was going to take the "gun show "(what a joke ) cuz it's only 2 hours long (u learn sooo much ) . Am I wrong by being ticked off ? Just wanted to hear some perspectives from other Instructors .


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    Just a student here, and yes, I had to pre-pay for my class. No big deal, cause I was going to take it anyway. Many places make you pre-pay for gas before you pump it. I would also expect to pay a deposit or pre-pay if ordering a new gun or for that matter a holster.

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    Our club requires a 25$ deposit upon registration and 25 at the door.

    We did that for planning purposes. Many would register and not show up. Since we had a limited number of seats,they were taking a spot that someone else could have had. The deposit insures that it wont happen...not as much anyways.
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    Always, always always have people pay in advance, or at least a deposit.

    I got stiffed once by a fairly famous person, never again.
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    Only a student here, but I'd definately require a 50% deposit for a private class or to guarantee a seat in a group class. The rest due before class begins. Perfectly reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    You pay for your Big Mac before they give it to you!
    I pay for it afterwards too.
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    No skin in the game no incentive to show up. Pre-pay is the rule unless I know you well.
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    My students have to return a waiver, questionnaire and a full payment check to me before the day of the class. For those who call just a few days prior to the class, I will allow them to bring it to the class............but, that is taking a gamble. The only ones who don't show up are the ones who haven't paid up front.

    You MUST treat this as a business. If you don't, as you've learned, it will come back to bite you in the butt. If there is any money to be collected, you make sure you do it BEFORE the class begins.

    Sorry to hear things went south with this class, but hopefully it has been a learning experience. It's a process.
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    I require payment at the begining of class. That being said I have had some people I was expecting to show up not show. So I can see how a deposit can be beneficial.

    I may have to start taking deposits.
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    Pay in advance. Almost every time I let someone wait till the day of the class to pay, they fail to show. Spaces are limited and no shows mean I turned someone away that would have paid to be there. Unless notified well in advance, no shows are non-refundable.
    A reputable instructor who accepts payment and schedules a class will always have that class if at all possible or reschedule/refund for unpreventable cancellations.

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    My friend has found that unless they pay at least part in advance, many will not show up for the class.
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    In today's day and age I see no reason to not have to pay before the class...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Always, always always have people pay in advance, or at least a deposit.

    I got stiffed once by a fairly famous person, never again.
    In some areas I just don't seem to be educable. I continue to trust people until they prove untrustworthy. I've mostly been stiffed by prominent members of the community. Any one person only gets me once.
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    Our classes are paid after the class is comptete when we are going over paperwork and doing notary. However, as you see above many are no shows, and we too are considering partial in advance for CHL. We also require 25% for all of our tactical and defensive classes and I believe that is normal.
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