One of the biggest issues that many entrepreneurs who are in the creative field face today is the fact that they simply do not receive the pay that they deserve for their services. In some cases, people are even working free, simply trying to get their name and their product onto the market. Although this can be effective in some cases, for quick promotion, it is not something that’s going to work well all the time, and it is certainly not a practice that’s going to be able to sustain you.
Respect Your Work
The first thing you have to do if you want to start making decent money is respect your work. Whether you are a graphic designer, a writer, an artist, a stonemason, a massage specialist, or anything else, you have to believe in your work, and you have to believe that it is worth money. Develop a healthy ego when it comes to your work. This doesn’t mean that you are perfect, or that others might not be just as good as you are, or better. However, it means that you have faith in your work, and that’s going to help you stop working for a pittance – or free.
What is a fair going rate for your products? You should base your prices on what others in your field are charging. You could charge a bit more or a bit less, but you do not want to go too far out of the norm. You have to make sure that you are able to pay yourself a living wage so that you can survive in today’s world.
Make the Deal
You might find that you will want to work for a little bit less than your going rate in some cases. Perhaps you are in a bind and you need the money, or perhaps you really want to land a client that might be able to give you more money later. If that’s the case, you can make the deal. However, you will want to let the people or company for whom you are working know that you are giving them a deal this time. Do not let them think that they will always be able to use your services for a basement rate.
In some cases, maybe you do want to give away a few items, and that’s okay. You just have to make sure that you get what you deserve!
Have you struggled with trying to get paid what you deserve? What have you been doing about remedying that?