Our biggest problem as budding new artists is in > undervaluing ourselves, especially as women (psychological).
All right, I confess – I, too, have a hard time putting an
appropriate value on my work. In my case, it’s not a product like
jewelry, but the time and expertise I bring to writing. I’ve had a
couple potential jobs fail to come to fruition, in part, I suspect,
because the potential employer wasn’t expecting to spend quite so
much on “writing something up.” And in my experience, writers are
just as prone to undercharging as jewelry artists!
I think part of my problem is that I feel so lucky to be doing what
I love. Truth is, if no one would pay me I’d probably do it for free!
(Don’t tell any of my editors that!) Since for me it’s not about
the money, sometimes it’s hard to ask for what I know my time and
expertise are worth. I’m getting better at it – being too busy to
take on extra work helps! – but I still look at that bottom number
on a proposal and wonder, “should I reduce my fee?” Sound familiar?
So how do you guys pump yourselves up? What do you do to remind
yourself that you’re worth every penny? And how do you cushion the
blow of sales not made because your prices were “too high”?
I can hardly wait to hear what kinds of pep talks you give