So I was thinking about the challenges of being a business owner. Money has been one of the biggest obstacles I’ve encountered since stepping out to do the things that I do. There are two aspects of freelance work that I’ve found to be difficult: Charging what I’m worth and receiving payment once I’ve finished the job. I’ve had instances where people have admired the work I’ve done and shown interest in the services I provide, but when it’s time to hire me, they want something for nothing. I genuinely love doing what I do. It gives me pleasure to provide services that are instrumental in another’s success, but I’m not a non-profit organization. I don’t work for free. I will not be offended if you find other avenues to get what you need done. When I decided I wanted to establish a website and start my blog, I got quotes from various people for photos, logos, web design, etc. When I determined that I couldn’t afford some of the services I was seeking, I figured some stuff out and got the site up and running myself, with the plan to upgrade as I am able. What I didn’t do is ask anyone to lower their rates for me or enter an agreement with someone, have them do the work, then default on my end of the bargain by not paying up. Which brings me to my second point.
I HATE having to chase people for my money. I’ve spent many years, professionally, as a bill collector, so I WILL do it, but I despise having to. If you’ve committed to a financial arrangement and signed a contract, honor it! I pride myself in handling my business with professionalism and optimum customer service. I honor my commitments and if for whatever reason I can’t, I COMMUNICATE! Communication is key. I shouldn’t have to send out an APB to locate you when we have an agreement. Whether it’s $5 or $5000, it’s due to me and I need it when I’m supposed to have it.
It can be frustrating, but I’m learning from each experience and adjusting my practices accordingly. I don’t want a Judge Mathis episode to be in my future...lol!