Take a few minutes to think about your life experience. Did you go to school for what you do? How long have you done it? Look back at older creations and work, and compare it to newer work to see how far you’ve actually come. Really take the time to see everything you’ve done to get where you are, to gain your skills and knowledge. Acknowledge that it has been a journey and that you deserve the rewards for your efforts. You are the expert in YOU and what you do and create.
Do you create art? You ARE an artist. Do you write? You ARE a writer. Do you make money/income from your creations? You ARE a professional.
The reason it is so hard for many creatives to set their prices or promote themselves easily is because we all have trouble seeing our professional worth. We don’t see the worth in what we do, in ourselves, or in our experiences. Even if you have advocates telling you that you should charge more for your work, there’s often a part of us filled with doubt and talking ourselves down and worrying that you’re asking for too much.
LET ME TELL YOU NOW:
You are a competent professional, who does excellent work. You do what you can (however much that is) and it is good enough. You are worthy of being paid well for your skills, creativity, and experience. What you offer is valuable and unique and people want to pay you. You are worthy, capable, and enough.
Repeat the above, to yourself, change it all to “I” statements. Do it every day if you can. It will seep in and you’ll start to believe it.
Practice asking for more. Raise your rates even a smidge, and when asked for your prices, it’s important to quote them with confidence. Believe me, I have seen so many artists quote a price and put a verbal question mark at the end and say it with an apologetic look on their face.
Own your worth, own your value. Find others who see your worth, and let them tell you about it. Receive that praise, don’t be dismissive or say “it’s really not that good” or anything else. When you receive positive comments or people offer to pay more, accept it with grace and assurance. Thank them and receive.
ONE MORE TIME. SAY IT ALL, OUT LOUD, AND CLAIM IT.
“I am a competent professional, who does excellent work. I do what I can (however much that is) and it is good enough. I am worthy of being paid well for my skills, creativity, and experience. What I offer is valuable and unique and people want to pay me. I am worthy, capable, and enough.”