This post originally appeared in Maggie McMuffin’s personal Tumblr, All Jazzed Up Like A Catsuit Monarchy.
Here are ten basic problems that I frequently encounter at work. If they aren’t daily problems, they come up weekly or bi-weekly.
Remember to show your work as it appears in your head because you will be doing this math in the dark, in a hurry, with loud music playing.
If the question pertains to a club that works on percentages rather than a flat fee, please show your methods on paper so that if the manager tries stiffing you for 40 bucks you can show them your records. You may not get that 40 dollars but you can at least let them know that you keep track of your money so that they’ll be less likely to stiff you in the future.
Remember to keep track of each and every dance in your head in case a customer tries to argue about how much he owes.
- House rent is 130 dollars. Dances cost $20. How many dances you have to sell in order to make house?
- If house is $130 and the first thing you do that night is sell an hour long private room at $400 (where $100 goes to the club) and a half hour private room at $275 (where $75 goes to the club) how much money have you made?
- You work at a club that takes 15% of stage tips, $5 from each dance ($20 a dance), and $50 from each private room. At the end of the night, you have made $137 in stage tips, sold eight dances, and three private rooms for $150, $175, and $300. How much money should the club be giving back to you at the end of your shift?
- You tell a man that you charge $350 for an hour long room. He begins to haggle for a lower price. If the club takes $50 for the room and charges you a 10% fee for running the man’s credit card, what is the lowest you can go on your price before doing the room is no longer worth your time?
- Your monthly bills add up to $2100 a month. You work 15 days a month. How much, on average, do you have to earn each shift to keep from stressing out? Bonus: how much do you have to earn to be able to put money into savings and disposable income?
- You have sold a man three $20 dances, four $40 dances (but told him he could get three for $100), and one house special dance of three for $40. You are on stage next and need to wrap up this transaction, how much does he owe you?
- A man buys three $20 dances, hands you a fifty-dollar bill, and asks for change. How much change do you give him?
- If house rent is $130 and you plan to tip out $5 to the two door men, $10 to the bouncer, and $15 to the DJ because he did you a solid, how much do you actually need to earn before you start earning money for yourself?
- You and another dancer perform a doubles dance where each dance with each girl costs $40. If the two of your dance for four songs, how much does the customer owe total and how much of that do each of you get?
- You need to earn $300 each shift in order to make your bills. For two nights in a row you make $70-$80. You have nine more work days this month. How much extra do you need to earn on those shifts in order to pay all your bills?
- A man goes to the ATM with you before getting dances and takes out $200. How many dances can you sell him before his excuse of “I don’t have the cash” becomes true? Please show different combinations of $20 and $40 dances and private rooms.
- House rent is $80. You sold two large ladies’ drinks (which takes $10 each off your house rent) and one small (which takes $5 off your house rent). However, you also sold three dance specials, which adds $10 to your rent. What will you be paying out to the club at the end of your shift?