Posted on July 27th, 2012
It’s no secret that I absolutely adore what I do for a living.
And I’m pretty darn good at it too.
Today I realized something is out of alignment and I’m guessing I’m not the only person struggling with this.
A few key events in my life recently have helped me see that I’ve been undervaluing myself. (This article helped too. As well as my dear husband very bluntly telling me it’s crazy to give away my services for free.)
I realized that the danger in loving your work so much that you’d do it for free is that sometimes you end up doing just that!
Or not charging what it is truly worth (equally yucky).
Don’t get me wrong – I definitely believe in pro bono offerings. But I’m learning now that they need to be intentional. Otherwise I risk draining my energy and becoming resentful of the gorgeous peeps I work with. So if you are considering giving away your time and talents for free I strongly encourage you to take some time and outline what an ideal pro bono gig looks like. (For me it’s well defined and time limited.)
For more on this topic check out Tara’s The Art of Earning or my dear friend Dani’s The Evil League of You.
How do you determine what to charge for your services or products? Share in the comments or on my Facebook page – I love hearing from you!