My job is to be thought-provoking, uplifting and yet at the same time realistic. This is what I aim to do in this short piece and I will also be as sensitive as I can.
We are undoubtedly living through the most challenging of times on many different levels and for diverse reasons. It’s as if the collective rug has been pulled clean from underneath us and we are floundering around wondering what on earth hit us.
We are in shock and grief at the loss of so many things – clients, money and our very freedom. Uncertainty is the name of the game and as human beings, we do not like too much uncertainty.
It’s important to understand what is happening and, at the same time, know that the ‘mood’ could change from day to day as we move through this. One word of caution though, don’t make assumptions about what is going on for others.
From a commercial perspective, there are those businesses which continue to be busy and are charging normally for their services, while others have seen their work dry up and are offering to help their clients, without charging at all.
For me, it’s also challenging as I help businesses to be able to value themselves and charge what they are worth, which, as you can imagine right now, is a very sensitive subject for many. Some of my target market are even busier than usual and are just keeping their heads down, while others are fire-fighting and their focus is on survival.
Having said all that, whichever camp you fit in right now, charging or not charging that is, there will come a time, when at least a semblance of normality returns and you will need to be prepared for how you are going to move forward.
If you are not currently charging, you may find yourself losing confidence and therefore it will be more challenging to get back to what you were charging previously. Be aware of this and you can begin to work on that now.
In addition, if you are what I call a heart-led person, then the chances are that, even prior to the COVID-19 fiasco, you did not value yourself sufficiently, to be able to charge your true worth.
Now is therefore the perfect time to review how you have been operating in your business and from my perspective how you have been charging. You have time for reflection; becoming more self-aware will put you in a stronger position to move forward in the right way, when the time comes.
My teaching is all about balance. I enable business owners to balance creating value for its clients with creating value for the business and taking care of the individual or individuals within the business.
This puts them in a much better position, not just from a financial perspective but from an emotional one too.
And it all starts with valuing you.
I’m Vanessa Ugatti, author of Amazon Best Seller, True Worth: How to Charge What You’re Worth and Get It. I help accountants, lawyers and consultants to generate more income, have more time and create more freedom without having to get more clients, do more work or compromise value or values.
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