Wed, 5 December 2012
Today, I share how to get better clients who pay you more money for your products and services. At one point in my career, I would take on as many as six simultaneous projects, and work as much as 80 to 100 hours a week. That is simply crazy. There is a better way, and in this episode I’ll show it to you..
Other points of interest in this weeks episode:
That’s all coming up on today’s episode… so fasten your seatbelt… and let’s roll.
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Lifestyle Business With Stu McLaren
Stu McLaren challenges us, by asking: are you living a life you designed, or are you living a life that happens by accident?
My blood pressure used to go up every time my phone rang. Why is this person (any person) calling me? Don't they know how busy I am? I’ve got news for you… that attitude is a sickness.
Jesus is the perfect model of what a human being led by the Spirit looks like. How they walk and talk and interact with other people. And Jesus always had time. He still does.
I am not sharing this to judge anybody for feeling busy or stressed out. But it strikes me as remarkable that the Son of God always has time for us. He is infinitely available. We don’t have to wait in line.
There is a mindset that exists that I call the “poor little me” mindset. This is the line of thinking that leads you to say things like, “God is too busy, and this is only important to poor little me.”
This kind of thinking is focused on your own self-worth, or lack of it.
But the truth is, God is infinite.
He is instantly available to everyone of us-and he is interested in every detail of our lives. Scripture tells us that he even numbers the hairs on our head. Imagine that.
Whatever might be troubling you right now, it is not too big, and not too small, for Jesus. Nothing is impossible for him. And he has an infinite amount of time just for you
Ask him for help. Open your heart and let all your emotions out. He’s big. He can take it.
Approach him just like a little child approaching your father-the perfect father, the one without the shortcomings that earthly fathers have-and ask your daddy for what you need.
He’s ready to give it to you.
Feature Segment: How To Get Better Clients Who Pay More
As I mentioned earlier, when I was beginning to build my freelance business I took on too many clients and worked too many hours. This is chiefly because I was not selective about who my clients were, and did not think through how much they were paying me.
This key mistake took its toll. It affected my health, my attitude, and even my family relationships.
What’s worse, many of the clients I took on during this time were… well… jerks. It seemed that some of them existed only to torture freelancers.
These days, my business is totally different. I work well under 40 hours most weeks. .. and I make a lot more money.
I enjoy every hour that I do work. And I simply don’t tolerate cheap or annoying clients anymore. One of the annoying variety occasionally does slip through under the radar, but once I detect them, I am very quick to chase them back across the border.
I have 9 suggestions that will help you attract and secure higher-quality clients, who pay you much higher fees than you currently receive. You may be surprised to learn this is easier than it sounds.
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