You aren’t going to convince clients to pay your fees because you have taxes and bills to pay.
And telling them you are more affordable because they don’t have to pay for breaks and lunches is not compelling either. (When is the last time you heard any other business professional use that kind of bargaining to market their expertise?)
All that does is put them even more in cheapskate mentality.
Calling yourself an assistant results in the same.
Your value also has no relation to what you or they charge per hour. (And by the way, it’s high time you stopped charging by the hour anyway.)
Your value isn’t in how little they pay. Stop making that argument or you’ll forever be stuck with cheapskate clients who want everything for little to nothing.
Your value is in what they gain by working with you:
How many more clients are they able to work with? How much more marketing and networking are they able to engage in? How much more are they able to get done in a day, a week, a month? How much more free time do they have to brainstorm, develop their business, or plain live life?
Are they able to get those projects done that have been on the back-burner for forever? Are they finally able to write that book, complete that training program, or write that signature talk they’ve been dreaming of? How much have their revenues increased or have the potential to increase as a result? How many more dollars per year does that represent?
How do they profit in their life from working with you beyond money? How much easier and stress-free are their life and business?
How much are those results and accomplishments worth to them?
THESE are the things to be talking about, not “you only pay for time on task and don’t pay for office equipment, lunches, breaks or vacations.”
Do you see how silly and pedestrian the latter is in comparison?
Which do you think will excite potential clients more and fill them with the sense of abundance and possibility?
Hi, I am writing a blog that is actually the opposite of what this all says. My comment is actually a question… Virtual Assistant has been in existence for almost 20 years. What would you suggest that they use instead of Virtual Assistant?
You obviously don’t pay attention well. 😉