Grandma and her boys

Saturday, 6 February 2010

I have been thinking !!!

A few weeks ago I was talking to an elderly lady who had just been to have her toenails trimmed... now this may seem like a strange conversation but it was not so much that she told me where she had been as to how much she paid for this very small service... it seems it cost her $40.00 just for the trim and a little foot massage... I was flabbergasted I can tell you. I would not expect them to pay anymore than maybe $15 / $20.
It is not a manicure just a trim and maybe a little massage of the feet.
Most of the people who require this service are either elderly or disabled in some way which makes it quite a feat for them to trim their own nails... and they will be mainly on fixed incomes.... superannuation or benefits of some kind. 
This has been playing on my mind....

In a former life ( 1960's)  I was a hairdresser I did  my apprenticeship and qualified, but left the industry for a better paid job...  when I did my training we also learnt to do manicures and toenail trims.

So I have decided to start up and offer this service, here at home, or at the customers home charging a very very reasonable price, I am not looking to make a living just to offer a service where it is badly needed.
It must be something in my blood for I used to go around to the elderly house bound and do their hair, when my children were young ... may be I just like to give to people something that I have to share ....I know I would be grateful if or when I need this service in the future 
My Motto reads as follows:

'People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel'

and I would like to make people feel good.... there is nothing worse than having uncomfortable feet.
So I am just getting things sorted I have printed cards and collected the required items and hope to be up and running in the next couple of weeks.
I would be very interested in what is charged in other towns or countries for this service or even if it is available.


Narelle said...

Good on you Laurie!
We need more lovely people like you.

By Hoki Quilts said...

The very best of luck Laurie in your new venture. I have no idea of the average cost of pedicures or the like but I bet the clients will feel a million dollars afterwards.

helen-mary said...

Laurie, I've been taking Mom to have her feet done for several years. When she started cutting the toes out of her shoes I realized she could no longer cut her toenails (obviously, I was not very observant!). We pay $35 Canadian and I'm glad to pay it for her comfort.