To be honest, that doesn't really come as a surprise!
If you are searching and basing your decision on price, then you may be in for a nasty surprise. There are DJs that are so cheap that they are operating at a loss when they factor in their overheads ... so don't be surprised they have gone out of business by the time your event rolls around.
Perhaps it is a good idea to take some time to reflect on what other questions you could be asking other than "what are your prices and packages?". It is not your fault, because when you don't know what questions to ask, price becomes the common denominator.
Here are some other questions you could be asking -
How long have you been in business?
Check to see how long they have been in business by doing an ABN lookup of the business name at abr.business.gov.au (We have been in business trading as Premier DJs since 2015 and our parent company much longer).
Do you have an ABN?
Does the DJ operate under an ABN? If not, they are not operating as a professional business in Australia, which should make you question their professional level of service.
Do you have any testimonials?
Testimonials from past happy clients are a great way of seeing what others are saying. Ask venues and other professional suppliers their opinions too. You can view all the past submitted evaluations for our events right here - Premier DJ Evaluation Results
Have you seen pictures of the set-up?
We pride ourselves on providing an elegant and very beautiful set-up. No messy wires hanging out everywhere or ugly truss lighting. Ask for images of previous set-ups and ensure that what you see is what they will provide. Simply check out our Facebook page to see some recent pictures of our current set-ups or have a look around our website including our blog posts.
Do you have insurance?
We have $20 million public liability insurance, which means that we are able to work in any venue in Australia. Many venues require entertainers to prove they have this insurance in order to be allowed to work at the venue. (You don't want a surprise on the day of your event when you learn that the venue didn't allow your DJ on the premises because they failed to provide insurance certification!).
Do you have a support office?
Many DJs are solo operators that work regular jobs and DJ as a hobby. This generally means that they are difficult to contact. We have an office with staff that can support you when you have any questions.
Do you have an easy to use online planning portal?
How do they get all the information from you? Do you have to send e-mails that you hope get through? A phone call where you hope you didn't forget anything? We have a 24/7 online planning portal which helps guide you through the planning process to make it simple and to ensure nothing is forgotten.
When it comes to your event. Sure, you can shop around and maybe save a couple of hundred dollars. But, it is saving a couple of hundred dollars really worth sacrificing your peace of mind?
We have heard of many instances of DJs letting clients down as they either go out of business or find someone offering more money so will drop their original client like a hot potato. The saving of a few dollars compared with ruining the night doesn't seem like such a great deal anymore.
Think carefully. Make the right decision based on quality and reliability, not price alone. We believe we offer outstanding value for money for our service.