This is especially important for humans in a creative field! We’re taught in our culture that using creative skills means we should either be a world-renowned artist, or a crafter with Crayola markers and glitter. Refuse to accept those assessments. Redefine it. Making money from your passions is a GIFT. How BEAUTIFUL it is to find joy in your work. This ain’t a hobby, darlin’. This is a BUSINESS.
I will admit that coming from an Enneagram 3 this sounds a bit whacky, but hear me out. When we reach for goals outside of our comfort zone, we naturally level-up our focus to try to reach it. You know that quote, “reach for the moon because even if you fall, you’ll land among the stars.” Cheesy, but it’s true. (Also, when I did this I actually ended up hit some of those “unattainable” goals 😎)
Invest wisely in the help you truly need, not another course with a really good sales page. Bring in another set of eyes, even someone to help just 5 hours a week. Oftentimes just talking through your business with someone else can help you find spaces to grow that you hadn’t thought of.
I made 6-figures, even in a pandemic, because I knew I could do it. It’s as simple as that. Truly look at yourself, lean into your best skills, and pep talk yourself every damn day.
You don’t have to master a sales funnel in a day. You don’t have to craft an email strategy over the weekend. You don’t have to find time to make passive products if you’re making money from client work. Be realistic about where you are RIGHT NOW. Perfect that level. Then you can take it up a notch.
You gotta rest that brain to use that brain!
Are you under-charging your brilliance? Here is the formula I follow for pricing my services:
If you estimate a 20 hour commitment to a project, only allow yourself an over/under of about 4 hours. Remember that offering a discount to land a client that not only hurts your business income, but hurts your ability to fund your savings, plan for taxes, and pay your bills.
If you don’t have a team, working for yourself can get lonely. Talking about your work with your support system, go out to dinner when you land a new client, ask your friends to toast to your success.
Remember how far you’ve come! You’re amazing.
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