When I am not wearing my Rowan Tree hat, I am a graphic designer. I run a small studio out of my home. I do it to keep my kids in their preschool, I do it because I like it, and I do it because I can. I am lucky to have a thriving little (tiny) gig of my own. I cater to smaller businesses. Small businesses, especially start-ups, tend to be tight on cash… I get this. I am one of those myself. And yet, I am amazed at how often I get a call asking for a bid on a job, and when I send my bid they accept but only with the caveat that we could cut the price somehow. Or, as one client asked me to do a job for 50% of the bid, but accept 25% in cash, and 25% in trade on something I could not even use if I wanted to! If you can’t do if yourself, then you need to hire someone. If you cannot do it yourself, but you need it… why do you feel entitled to a discount? If it is too pricey to hire me… then move on to the next guy. Do you give your time away? Are your business services free? While looking over my accounts receivable tonight, wondering how I got to this point where I am owed more than I have been paid this year, I heard my husband playing this on his computer across the way… I had to share: ’nuff said.
June 18, 2009