Welcome to the first full week of Writers Worth! Thanks again to everyone who posts, comments, shares, and makes this a fantastic celebration of awareness and personal growth. There’s still time for you to contribute, if you’re interested. Just send me a note at lwbean AT gmail and let’s talk.
One of my favorite people is back with some solid advice on how you as a writer can find your value and assert your worth to clients…and maybe to yourself, too. Thank you, Ashley, for a great perspective.
Appaiah, via Flickr
Who’s the Boss?
by Ashley Festa
lunch. She might also suck a pacifier at naptime.
boss, aka me, could learn a lot from that little boss. Especially about self-worth.
the finest treatment and makes a fuss if she doesn’t get it. She never stops
learning. She doesn’t make excuses, and she doesn’t give up. She believes she
deserves the very best – from herself and everyone around her.
won’t hold it against her, because she’s doing a heck of a job keeping me in
our freelance life like a business, we all need a leader who can keep us on
track. We enjoy freedom, but we’re not free from discipline.
excel, to grow, to succeed – those are the bosses who deserve the greatest
respect. That little boss of mine pushes me to be better every single day.
That’s why she’s a great boss!
My mini manager knows her needs come first and wouldn’t put up with any hemming
and hawing from me. As manager of your business, you need to put your needs
(paying bills, buying food, having a life outside of work) first too. Since
you’re the boss, you determine how that’s going to happen. If you aren’t
getting paid what you’re worth, give yourself a raise. Charge more. Get better
clients. Find better paying markets. You’re the boss, and you get to decide how much you make, so don’t shortchange yourself
when dealing with clients.
My bantam boss doesn’t tolerate any callousness. Neither should you. Respect
yourself enough to fire a client who treats you badly. Remember, you’re the
boss, so you have the power to do it.
My little leader loves to learn new things. She works hard at it, and it pays
off: She gets smarter every day. So you should too. Make yourself more valuable
by learning new skills, deepening your expertise and honing your craft. Then
refer back to No. 1.
My pint-size boss doesn’t make excuses and give up when she encounters a
challenge. She believes in herself. She might not take a conventional path, but
she gets the job done. Just as you should when obstacles arise. If you keep
lying to yourself saying that you can’t do something, eventually you’re going
to believe it. Would you respect someone who continues to lie to you? I didn’t
think so. So stop making excuses for giving up when something – a client, an
article, a niche – doesn’t work out. Just try again. Try something new. And
keep trying until something works.
you have to push yourself toward excellence. When you do, you are worthy of the