Why Do DJs Have A Minimum Charge?

This is a question that we hear quite often. Many people ask “Why do a lot of DJ services have a 4 or even 5 hour minimum?” This seems to be a fairly universal trend among virtually all DJ services. The answer lies in the fact that there is a lot more than just play time when it comes to being a good mobile DJ. There is plenty of advance prep time, gathering the music needed for the client’s tastes (Every event is different.), contacting the client, prepping and maintaining the equipment, loading up the equipment, leaving plenty early, driving to the venue, unloading and setting up the equipment, making sure to arrive at least 1 hour maybe even 2 hours in advance of the DJ’s start time.

Then of course there’s the actual event itself. But then after the event is over and everyone has had their fill of partying, and often their fill of other things (food and drinks) and they are on their way home, the DJ is there to tear down, load up his equipment and drive home. Once there, his night is not over. No not at all because he still needs to unload his vehicle and store his equipment in a safe place. Gone are the days when he could drive home and collapse in bed and worry about unloading in the morning. Then and only then can he relax and unwind, but usually he’s so tired he goes right to sleep! All together, all the advance work and after event work can easily add up to 6 to 8 hours(sometimes even 10 hours) per event.

Just as you would never take a job that required you to get dressed, and drive to work, only to work for an hour and then drive home, the DJ feels the same way. A 2 or 3 hour event just may not be worth the other 6 to 8 hours of work he needs to put in to do such a short event and do it right. For this reason and the fact that DJ’s only have so many nights a year to earn their living, most DJ’s do require a minimum number of hours per event. Usually 4 but sometimes 5 on those really busy nights. We hope this is helpful!

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