Money Makes The World Go Round – So Don’t Work For Free (or Cheap)

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Is it as simple as that?

Well, I’ve decided it is.

I don’t work for free or cheap, because making money is such an essential part of running a business. Actually… if you aren’t making money, you aren’t running a business.

You get paid for the work you do in a job, so why would the work you do in your business be any different? Before talking about how to price your products, services or any other money fundamentals you have to get comfortable with being paid.  That also means being paid fairly.

This is something that I admit has taken me a while to learn. Now I am comfortable with it.

I would like you to get comfortable with it too.

Being paid doesn’t negate the other reasons I do what I do, and nor should it for you.  I want to create beautiful things and I want to support other creative business owners, but I also want to be paid for doing those things.

You can love what you do (and I hope you do) and make money too.

Love and money can sit very nicely together – thank you!

Ask yourself if you are working for free, or not charging enough, because you don’t fully value what you do?

I have found If you truly value what you do you will find it a lot easier to charge good money for it. I know for myself that was really hard at the beginning, and honestly for a long time afterwards.

I felt like I was in the learning phase (not that that ever ends) and would often compare myself to others who were further along in their businesses. In addition, I would also compare myself with others that were less experienced and sold work cheaper than mine. Now I don’t do any of that.

There are many things that are unique and special about all of us.

When pricing, or just asking to be paid, I consider my own unique experiences, training, skills, personal attributes, vision and the value I am creating for others.  I know this can sometimes take a while to work out in business.

If you aren’t quite there yet take some time now to think about those things. I do believe that once we can charge fairly for what we do, this will not only be good for us as individuals, but also as a community and an industry.

Do you feel like you’re undervaluing yourself and your work? Or are you happy with the price you’ve put on your time, expertise and experience?

How to Make Decisions in 1, 2, 3 (Easy) Steps

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Being able to make decisions quickly and confidently is a real bonus in running a business. Actually I’d say it is an essential skill. It is one that you can learn and get better at.

I’ve been working on that one myself lately.

Transitioning back into full-time self-employment has honestly been making my head spin. There are just so many darn decisions to be made.

Although I have been operating my jewellery design business for 10 years, I’m at a point where I want to develop new areas and again derive a full-time income from it (my part-time job as a business coach ends this April).

Since I need to achieve so much within the next three months, there isn’t room to make too many less-than-great decisions. Generally I’m fine with making mistakes and learning from those, but I just haven’t got time for that now.

A few weeks back I felt so overwhelmed by it all I simply gave up and went to bed. At 3.30 in the afternoon! Maybe that was just what I needed, because the next day I woke up and thought, I need to get on with making some clear decisions – NOW. Once I’ve done that I can get moving and start making things happen.

So I devised 3 steps that would help me with that. I hope they help you too.

 

1.    Be clear about your goals and boundaries

This can take some time to work out, I won’t lie to you, but it is time well spent. In the long run you will save yourself time and a whole heap of anxiety and stress, as well as knowing that your decisions are in line with your beliefs and vision.

There are a few ways that I like to work out what my goals and boundaries are.

Brainstorming can be great. Just write down everything you want to achieve (and everything that you don’t want to do). If you find it difficult just to launch into list writing, instead take some quiet time first and visualize how you imagine your business. Then write down what came up for you in that. Vision boards are helpful too. Simply cut out images and words that appeal to you from magazines.

Don’t overthink it. Let your intuition guide you.

That brings us to the next step.

 

2. Trust your intuition.

Sometimes you can list all the reasons you should do something, but it just doesn’t feel right. Listen to that feeling, it knows you better that you do

 

3.  Be brave

You’ve made your decision – congratulations! Now you need to stick with it. This may mean saying no to someone, changing paths or asking for help. These are things that can be hard to do. So if you still aren’t sure at this point I’d say go back to steps one and two, for some reassurance and to know you are on the right path.

A few of my friends have said to me “you always get what you want”.

Now I don’t think that is completely true, but I do know that when I have made a really clear decision and then committed to it, it generally has happened.

A big part of getting what you want is knowing what you want, and that all starts with a decision being made.

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Liana Kabel -

With a Tupperware Lady for a Mother and a Jeweller Father, what else was I going to be but a jeweller obsessed with plastic.

As a self-employed arts practitioner and business coach, I’m keen to share these aspects of my knowledge to help build strong creative communities.

Liana Kabel

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