In your early days as a freelance trainer, you might be tempted to take any old work that comes along, regardless of the rate. Let’s face it, when you have just taken the plunge and gone freelance, you are very grateful to get any work at all! And you start thinking, ‘Well, I don’t know what it might lead to …….’
The reality is that it often doesn’t lead to anything and, if it does, it’s usually more of the same – more low-value work. There are several really good reasons why you shouldn’t get tied into low paying work:
– Low paying work does not pay the bills
– You will need to work more days to achieve your financial targets
– It’s really difficult to raise your fees with the same client later down the line
– It devalues what you do
– You can start to feel demotivated and resentful
– It starts to erode your self-confidence and self-esteem
But one of the biggest reasons why you shouldn’t jump into taking low-value work is that the minute you start a piece of work that you don’t really want to do, something much better will come along and you won’t be able to do it because you are already committed.
Don’t you hate it when that happens?