Knowledge & Experience = job security.
Yada, Yada, Yada.
But how many times in life are we REALLY paid our worth?
Better yet, how often do we charge what we're worth?
As a freelance writer/editor/promotions person I'm often faced with the issue of knowing what to charge. I know what the industry standards are, I also know how it is to need these services and yet not have the budget for them.
Add to that I love what I'm doing and I love helping people and well....there's a fine line that often gets blurred or crossed out altogether when it comes to getting paid for my work, my knowledge and my experience.
We've also heard..."Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."
That's bull LOL! Most of us who do what we love work harder and longer than in a "normal" 9 to 5 job.
Just ask any self-employed/freelance/contract labor professional. Ask any teacher for that matter.
Here's the deal....as much as I love helping people and sharing what I've learned, my knowledge and experience ARE valuable and I deserve to be paid for doing what I love most!
Yes, like many people I too take advantage of free stuff....like royalty free photos which can be found at Dreamstime, videos and tutorials on YouTube, etc., but I always try to pay something....whether that's a simple acknowledgement and link back to the origin, a byline, or a gift/donation to the provider.
So when I offer my knowledge and experience to you like I have by putting these articles on my website, if you can pay then please do. And, if you ask for my services and I don't know what to charge or you can't pay what I would normally charge, at least offer something, pay what you can, and/or set up a payment arrangement and honor it.
After all, Knowledge+ Experience + Time are valuable.
Something to think about!!
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