Is your freelance business going down the drain?
Are you sick and tired of rejection?
Have you had enough of wasting your time on auditions, bids and proposals that never lead to anything?
Perhaps it is time to make frustration your friend. Be sure to add a strong dose of disgust to the mix. According to success strategist Jim Rohn, disgust is one of the four emotions that can lead to life change. Rohn:
“The person who feels disgusted has reached a point of no return. He or she is ready to throw down the gauntlet at life and say, “I’ve had it!”
Once your frustration has reached a boiling point, it is time to make up your mind. Are you throwing in the towel, or are you going to take massive action and turn your business around? If you pick the last option, the next question is: HOW?
steve hammill says
You’re preaching to the choir, Paul, the heathens can’t hear you. :-/
Paul Strikwerda says
Good heavens, Steve. I’m afraid you’re right. Could this be because I am the son of a preacher and I used to sing in a choir? I have to say though, that not everybody chooses to chime in using this blog. Because it’s sent to various LinkedIn groups, you’ll often find more comments over there than over here.
Yesterday, I decided to add the “Popular Posts” box to give my readers an idea of how many people have found different articles on Double Dutch. Unfortunately, the thing started counting as soon as it was installed, so it’s not a good reflection of past post popularity.
Mary McKitrick says
Paul, these are wise words for troubled times. Anyone tempted to lower their rates for new clients should challenge themselves to an experiment and see how much their income really goes down when they stick to their (normal, reasonable) rates. The results may be quite surprising!
Lindsay Abbott says
Haha! Paul, this made me smile, as I had just opened an enquiry from a potential voiceover client who gives the impression that the cheapest quote will win the day. I doubt my quote will win the day, as so many clients these days have little or no idea of going rates, and their expectations in budgeting for a voice over are often much lower.
Paul Strikwerda says
Doesn’t it feel great to be a loser? I’m happy to lose the bidding war any day, if the cheapest quote wins the day. Giving in to unreasonably low rates means we’re training clients that paying peanuts is acceptable. It’s a case of classic conditioning.
I happen to be writing a new blog anout rates today, so stay tuned!
Sue Waterworth says
For a newish freelancer, this is a fantastic site to find. It’s so full of the answers to questions that I haven’t even fully formulated yet.
Thank you so much
do you think it can be a good..base to look at listing prices of VOICES.COM,like referiment for a v.over job out of Italy( my case) or out of Holland( your case)? to have a riferiment…
thanks for your good blog.