Boy, being self-employed is an interesting journey. It’s eye-opening, and a bit of a rollercoaster, but it certainly helps me strengthen and solidify what I want, where I want to go and, importantly, WHO I want to share that journey with.
What I have discovered is this. The people you work with must be the right fit in terms of:
Personality. You don’t have to like someone to do business with them but it sure does help! Rudeness, gossiping, back-stabbing are massive ‘no-noes’ in my book and if someone makes you feel unworthy or uncomfortable in any way, think twice before deciding to say yes and working with them.
Knowing what you want. It’s desperately important that you both understand what the outcome is and that you agree how to achieve that. It comes down to expectations and how to set and manage them. Then communicating them consistently throughout.
It’s not all about the money. I don’t ever and never will want to use a client for cash. No cash cows here thank you very much! BUT what is important is to understand the value of your service and stick to your day-rate or product price. After all, you’re worth it. And don’t forget, as a business you must operate in profit.
Speaking of money, payment terms must be set and respected. After all, I know I wouldn’t pop to the shop for a loaf of bread then tell the cashier I’ll pay next week.
Know when to say no. This is key whatever the reason. Whether it’s down to brass tacks, realising your prospective client doesn’t and will not appreciate the value and outcome of what you’re working to deliver for them – or going back to point one, personality.
Understanding and visualising the right fit is one of the best things I’ve ever done.
What are your experiences and thoughts?