What types of customers have you worked with?
The three most common jobs I do are: 1) Individual readings for those who either have questions about specific areas of their life, or who want a "General Life" reading, that covers everything important for them to be aware of currently, AND 2) Readings for various parties & social events, where people get a 3-card "Past, Present, Future" quick reading, which gives them a snapshot of current trends; these take roughly 10-15 minutes, & usually aren't "heavy" in the information given. Folks can contact me later to book a full reading if they wish; AND 3) I teach basic Tarot Reading & Tarot Magic classes. The Reading class covers the meanings of the cards, & how to do a Celtic Cross reading layout. The Magic class covers how to use the cards as meditational tools, to affect positive changes in one's life.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When hiring any kind of Divination Professional- doesn't that sound fancy!?! ;) -, I'd ask the following:
1) How long have they been reading professionally? Someone who's just starting out may charge less, or charge nothing, but they may not be as confident or capable as someone who's been reading for a number of years. Whether you're hiring for yourself, or for a party or event, if you're not sure about the potential reader's abilities, ask them if they'd be willing to do a sample reading for you; if they're willing, & the reading goes well, you should be able to trust them to do well generally.
2) If reading in the City of Tucson, are they licensed? A fortunetelling license isn't necessary for a private event, but if you're hiring for a public festival, fair, charitable fundraiser, etc., being held within Tucson city limits, all readers must have a current Fortunetelling License, which needs to be displayed at their table for the duration of the event. When the person applies for this license, they undergo a background check through the Tucson Police Dept., which helps weed out fraudulent activity, & protects you as the potential client, as well as the reader's reputation for being honest.
3) How much do they charge, per reading and/or per hour? Remember, price doesn't guarantee proficiency- just because the reader quotes rates that are cheaper, or more expensive, than anyone else's, doesn't mean that they're better or worse than anyone else. Go with what you can reasonably (for you & the reader) afford.
4) There are many truly talented & honest readers, psychics, & paranormal investigators, who perform valuable services, & who are not in the business of conning, defrauding or otherwise stealing from their clients. They will quote you their rates up front, along with any others necessary for extra services, & they will not end a session with a request for more money & another booking without an obvious reason. They also are not threatened if you decide to seek advice or help from others in their particular area of expertise; "second opinions" don't hurt them.
Therefore: BEWARE of any reader/psychic/paranormal investigator, etc., who claims that they can cure ALL of your woes if you follow ONLY their advice without question & pay them a large amount of money to "fix/cleanse/exorcise", etc., you, your aura, your home, or whatever else they say needs their services. Whether they ask for one big sum or several large payments, they may be taking you for a very expensive, futile, & at times, dangerous, ride while lining their pockets. Avoid them. (If you feel you've been taken by one, alert the police or sheriff's department ASAP, as this is a criminal offense.)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The biggest misconception about Tarot readings, or any other form of "divination", is that they "predict the future". In certain instances, this can be partially true, but most readings give the client information that provides clarity, clears up confusion, & helps them see which choices to make, to get the most positive results in the situation they're asking about. Many times, after the reading, I've had clients say, "You've just said what I was thinking was the right thing to do! I guess I just needed to hear it from someone who isn't directly involved in what's happening!" Basically, being the objective third party can give me the insight that's difficult for the client to achieve, since they're emotionally involved in their situation & I'm not.