I made a little mistake in my business last week that I’ve been thinking about. I stopped kicking myself over it, but it’s still annoying. Because I knew better. But did the opposite. Is it going to change the course of my career forever? No. Because I know how to recover from it now. But what’s not good is when you get to a point where you’re trying to grow and grow and grow your business and you get to a point where things get a little twisted in your head. Big things seem small. Small things seem big.
So for Savvy Tuesday I’m talking about that mistake. So you can learn from me as a way for me to grow from it and all of us do a little better.
Watch On Taking Yourself Seriously:
In general, we can’t take outselves too seriously. Life wouldn’t be any fun. But that doesn’t alway convery in certain situations. Like your business.
In your business, you actually should take yourself seriously. Very seriously actually. We always things that lead is going to come in and someone is going to call and say they want to throw money at what we can do for them and that will be the point where we say “Yeah! And this monstrous number is my new price! And now I am legitamate because a customer is showing me they want to think of me that way.”
It’s not going to happen like that. It would be nice but for the big goals you and I have, we have to not depend on such a fairy tale and just MAKE it happen for ourselves.
The reason that’s possible is because you do good work. So do I! Our time for such work is worth money! Why would we demean that work by allowing someone to take advantage of it for a lesser price, or worse… nothing?
Because it’s NOT ACTUALLY ABOUT THE MONEY! If it were, in this situation, I wouldn’t be flipping out about how I said I would be fine without a fee in this case. By doing that, I’ve placed myself and my business in a lesser place than all my work has helped me position it. And worse, that’s what I’ll be known for in the future. Free is okay when you have to collect value in another way due to lack of experience. But charging nothing when you have a ton? You’re writing yourself off and pushing yourself back.
If you want people to take you seriously in your business and what you have to offer, you have to be the person that decides first.
Say you price and then stop talking. They need to make the next move for you to stand a chance.
Because why would you want to do all that work for no value? I’d much rather focus on other clients or my own business than waste my time where it is not moving me forward.