Editor's Note: This article was originally published in 2014, but we have returned it for all new Santa Clauses.
Do you love Christmas? Are you full of joy? Can you grow a stomach and especially a beard?
You could have what it takes to work as a professional Santa Claus.
If you've thought about doing this unusual seasonal job but did not know where to start, read on to get advice from professional Santa Clauses in three different states. They share the insiders' opinion that they are working as Santa Claus this Christmas.
What are the requirements for Santa Jobs?
Yes, there are some important requirements if you want to work as a professional Santa Claus.
First you have to look at the part. It is best if you are over 50 years old, have a stomach and grow an impressive beard. (But it does not have to be white, some Santas actually bleach their beards!)
Jim Beck, who spent eight years as a professional Santa Claus in Denver, says he entered the store because he was told over and over again that he looked like a Santa Claus – even without a beard. After he was disabled and could not work on the building, he decided to give it a try.
Michigan Santa Claus was also a natural one. "Ms. Claus always says," My Santa Claus has a real beard and a natural biscuit zone. "I've actually had my beard for almost 45 years!"
More importantly, you have to want Be Santa. You should have a real love for Christmas and children.
Santa Tim was one professional Santa Claus in Lenexa, Kansas. He started working as Santa to "enjoy the Christmas spirit and give it back a little – to share hope, joy and love." (If that's not a Santa Claus answer, I do not know what that is!)
Where do you find Santa Jobs?
Professional Santa Clauses offer a variety of work opportunities, including shopping malls, corporate and community events, and private parties at home.
The Santa Claus we interviewed mainly conducted private home visits, including some corporate events. None of them worked as Mall Santas – although some Santas prefer these appearances because they are long term positions with consistent hours.
When asked why he did not work in the mall, Santa Tim said, "First, I want to be independent. Second, you can only spend about 30 seconds with a child in the mall. When I make a home visit or a corporate event, I have a lot more time with each child. "
Santa Jim Beck has worked in the mall in the past, but now usually stays at private parties because he "likes the smaller venues."
How do I start working as Santa Claus?
Are you ready to find a job as a professional Santa Claus? Here are the techniques that our Santa Clauses have suggested:
1. Go to the Santa School
You probably did not know it, but the schools in Santa are big business.
One of the most comprehensive is that Professional Santa Claus school in Denver. Courses include technical training for online visits.
Santa Tim graduated from this school and found it to be a "very worthwhile investment" because there are "certain amounts of psychology that make you talk to children" iPad or inform you about abuse. He liked the school the most because it "has such a high standard; You're not just Uncle Joe next door anymore. "
2. Network with other Santa Clauses
You do not have to go to Santa Claus School to succeed as Santa Claus.
Santa Claus Jim Beck initially worked for a well-established Santa Claus who "oppressed other Santa Clauses". Although he had to pay the chief Santa Claus a cut in his earnings, the experience led to their own appearances.
If you're just starting out, this is a smart move. Find a local Santa Claus who has more work than he can handle, and offer him to perform that he can not or will not do. If you offer him a percentage of your earnings, what does Santa say no?
3. Buy a suit … and start working
That's what Michigan Santa Claus did.
His first Santa suit was made by a friend who is a professional sewerist. He wore it when he helped sell Christmas trees in the Home Depot where his son worked. He wanted to "see what the answer would be and if I would like it."
4. Create a website
For all of us Santa's surveyed, web requests are the key to much of their business. Creating a website is an essential step in the right direction Start your business,
If you do not have the money for professional web design, do not fret: You can ask or even ask a friend for help free tools to make your site yourself.
5. Create a profile for Gig Salad
When looking for a professional Santa Claus, the first stop for most is an internet search. And Gig Salad, a site for booking live entertainment, could be one of the first things to show up.
For that reason, Santa Tim said creating a Gig Salad profile was the "most effective" thing he did. The membership ranges from $ 29.99 to $ 39.99 per month,
6. Book return visits
The first year as Santa Claus is definitely the hardest. However, as soon as you visit some families, Santa Jim Beck says, "They will generally want you back next year."
People want continuity for their children, which means that repeat business is guaranteed every year – in addition to all the new customers you win.
Santa Tim says it works for corporate events, as well as word of mouth. "One HR lady will ask another," Which Santa Claus did you hire? "And that brings you more performances."
How much money can you earn as Santa Claus?
The salary range for professional Santa Claus varies greatly depending on how much you work and how much effort you put into marketing yourself. The majority of Santas work only in November and December, though some maintain the Christmas spirit throughout the year.
Santa Tim estimates that you can earn "$ 3,000 to $ 7,000 in one season" part-time on some weekday evenings and on both weekends and evenings.
How much does it cost to work as Santa?
In addition to the growth of your beard, there are some start-up costs for working as a Santa Claus.
If you decide to attend Santa Claus School, this is one of your biggest expenses.
Santa Tim says the rest depends on your "professionalism" and adds, "When I want to represent Santa for kids, I want to be as professional and realistic as possible. Children look at everything around you: your eyes, your cuffs, your boots, your belt. I invested $ 200 to $ 300 in the bleaching of my hair and beard. I have two suits, each costing over $ 1,000, a $ 300 belt and $ 300 boots. "
Santa Claus from Michigan agrees and says it's "very important" not to wear the suit too sparingly. His wool is "lined with genuine sheepskin and white fur".
Besides the suit and website, he also says, "It's very important to set up a business account and register the name of the business with the state construction company." [And] We have never had a problem, but we have an entertainment liability insurance. "
What do future Santa Claus need to know?
So you still want to work as Santa Claus? We asked our experts for the advice they would give to aspiring Santa Clauses, and here's what they said:
"Grow a beard and learn to laugh!" – Santa Jim Beck
"Before you become a Santa, you really need to understand what's going to happen to your life … You will have to His Santa Claus. I have a different standard every day; It is a high degree of responsibility. It's everywhere you go: If you're driving your car and you're in a hustle and bustle, people will say, "Oh, Santa's got a hustle and bustle on the streets." You really have to rule yourself … Even in street clothes, some kids will get up and take your legs and tell yourself what they want – so you have to spend a few minutes with them. "- Santa Tim
"Always stay in character when wearing your Santa suit. Work on this "HO HO HO", it must come from deep gut! When [Mrs. Claus and I] When we have an event, we take the children in our arms and on our laps and in our hearts, as our own. Yes, we receive a payment – but you must also love children and their families! "- Michigan Santa Claus
Susan Shain is a freelance writer and digital nomad. It covers travel, food and personal finance (basically how to save money so you can travel more and eat more). Visit their blog at susanshain.com or say hello on Twitter @susan_shain.
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