I'm a sell out. - But I usually sell myself short. Dilemma.
Fellow Freelancers, this is kind of awkward. - I'm usually one of those people who tells others that they shouldn't sell themselves short. - I'm also one of those people who usually tells others to increase their prices, as it's easier to lure potential clients using discounts in the future instead of lowering their prices right from the start.
- I see myself as a reputable person. A person with enough credibility to be a tutor for others. - But I often caught myself doing the things I tell others to avoid.
I usually sell my services, my products or my knowledge and expertise for dirt-cheap bargain prices, even though I'm 101% certain of the fact that I could've earned 3,4 or even 10 times the money. - And I actually hate that part of myself.
And why I hate it? - Because I see others benefit from my doings. I see others benefit from my pain, my sweat and my tears. - Others often get a free ride because of me.
The same goes with one of my friends. - This has nothing to do with being a freelancer though, but I'll mention it any how. - I've promised one of my friends to help him renovate his mothers home. - And I've said that I'll do it for free, even though he told me that he'll pay me for it. - That's how stupid I am. And it's not the first time.
The thing is, that I see this as a favor. - But in reality, I know that this specific friend of mine are using me.. And I know, that he'll never return that favor. Ever.
So, as a quick reminder to all of you. - Don't be like me. Don't sell yourself to low. Ask for the price you truly believe or know that you are worth.