A community isn’t built or befriended,
it’s connected by offering and accepting.
Community is affinity, identity, and kinship
that make room for ideas, thoughts, and solutions.
Wherever a community gathers, we aspire and inspire each other intentionally . . . And our words shine with authenticity.
Asking for What We’re Worth
When we take on the role and reins of a professional, not all of the skills come at the same time. Often we’re great the work, but not so good at asking to be paid what the work is worth. How do folks figure that out? It comes from experience and trust in our own value.
Here’s what Sheila said . . .
For one thing, people are rather itchy about giving specific amounts when discussing payment and salary, so we go around not knowing that there are some people out there getting paid pretty good money to do what weâre doing.
Once I finally figured out that .50-$1/word was more than reasonable and even low-end for most print pubs, I started doing the math for my online work, which is just writing, after all.
Holy cow, was I giving away the farm! That led me to turn down a few blogging jobs that sounded nice but just were not paying enough for my considerable efforts.
So, letâs be more frank about money so we know what is âstandardâ and reasonable to ask for.
Then, letâs realize how increasingly valuable our online savvy is to businesses that want to move online. Knowledge that we think âeveryone knowsâ is in fact gold bullion to companies who have just found Web 2.0. Iâm not saying overcharge âbecause they can afford it,â but we should really appreciate our unique skillsets.
The teacher/consultant role and the need to pay such folks seems to be understood, so I plan to lean more in that direction, and try to make a decent living teaching what I know.
A successful and outstanding blogger said that.
–ME “Liz” Strauss