"ISO someone to do '.....' really well without charging an arm and a leg."
You've seen this post. We've all seen this post. And by that measure, a large portion of us have actually been the one posting it at one point or another. Before you type this status again, let me encourage you to reconsider.
For years I would read that status and not think anything else about it. It was just another blurb in the monotony of social media. It actually wasn't until I launched my photography business that I really started paying attention to these statuses and the people posting them. At first glance it seems the person is well-meaning and simply looking for a cheap buy. I'm all for a good deal so I can't complain there. But, when you expect high quality work for a low-low price...well, that's where things get sticky.
When you go in search of a person or business to do any type of service for you there are ultimately two options: You can pay a pretty penny and receive a high quality product or you can opt to spend a lesser amount and receive a product that will likely suffice, but without all the bells and whistles. There is a time, place, and need for both of these options and no shame in choosing either.
However, we derail entirely when we desire that top notch service but expect to pay the bare-minimum for it.
It doesn't work like that. You cannot demand a high quality product and also refuse to recognize the talent and time it takes to produce that product. Instead you must know that both the time and talent have immense value and both come at a cost.
I've received many responses to this sentiment in the past and I want to take a second to address a few of the worst.
"but I can't afford that"
I completely understand. I really, really do. We all have to make tough decisions on how we choose to spend our income. That's life. However, your budget does not determine the value of an entrepreneur's work.
I have the utmost respect for the people who have come to me and said that they could not afford my prices but they admired work and saw value in it.
SO.MUCH. RESPECT. FOR. THAT.
"Well, 'so and so' can do it for this price - $$"
Wonderful. Go to them. You have my blessing. If I have to justify my prices to a potential client, we are likely not going to be a good match and that's so important for the work I do.
The saying "You get what you pay for" is completely accurate and so relevant. There is not much that is more offensive to an entrepreneur than a potential client trying to negotiate the value of their work. Its scummy and unbecoming. Just don't do it.
To those of you in this industry that are receiving these messages and getting tagged in these posts, I see you and I recognize that frustration. Know your worth. No one will appreciate what you bring to the table if you don't demand it. Focus on your ideal clients and work to serve them to the best of your ability. Cherish the relationships that you are building through your business and never lose sleep over those that couldn't see your value.
Quotes worthy of being written on your mirror and recited everyday: <3
- "Know the value of knowing your value."
- "Your value does not decrease based on someone else's inability to see your worth."
- "You must find the courage to leave the table if respect is no longer being served" -Tene Edwards
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