I often see folks in our industry who think if their business and work isn’t hard, they haven’t “earned it.”
Consequently, I’ll see them making things (both consciously and subconsciously) much more difficult and complicated than need be.
This is a terribly self-sabotaging/self-defeating mindset to have.
There are lots of people in our industry who are working with 10 or more clients and yet are earning so poorly (less than $10,000 annually!) that they could actually make more money in a job.
It’s not difficult to get clients when you charge very little. The problem is that administratively supporting that many clients is a daily hardship that keeps them imprisoned at their desk and not making any money to boot.
The Case for Success
If you feel guilty about charging or things being easy in your business, here’s what I want you to understand: You can not be of consistent, reliable, top-quality service to your clients if you are struggling to keep up with the work, making it difficult and complicated, and not earning well on top of it.
If you have to work with more and more clients because you aren’t charging enough to earn what you need, you are doing them a disservice. Because the more you spread yourself thin, the less personal care, support and top quality work they get.
Building your business so that it is easy, profitable and financially successful is a BENEFIT to your clients.
When you make things easier in your business for you, you actually improve your service to clients. That is of tremendous value!
When you can easily take care of clients, you make your business more profitable (which means you will be able to stick around for them for the long-haul) and you create dramatically more time and space to give superior service and support. All of which allows you to charge a premium for your service so that you can make more money while working with fewer clients AND have more time and money for your own life.