Now I know that you don’t want to be eating humble pie and spending your late nights chasing your tail to fix those things that shouldn’t have been broken in the first place. Here are just a few ingredients that you don’t want to be putting in your weekly meal plan.
You’re rushed off your feet and you forget to eat.
If you’re too busy to take time to stop for lunch, you need to charge more for your time. This tends to sneak up on the best of us. We think we are handling it, then our tummy grumbles, we look at the time and its alot later than we thought. Sound familiar? Then you probably need to consider a rate raise…
You’ve learnt a new marketable skill
If you’ve up-skilled and increased how valuable you are, that value needs to be compensated. Think things like you’ve learn how to build ads or maybe you have a way with words but you aren’t a copywriter *officially*. If you’ve taken a course or self-taught a skill, you definitely are worth more now!
It’s been over a year since you last raised your prices.
There’s comfort in the time tested rates that you are charging. But this mindset has the potential to devalue your work. If you haven’t taken a look at your rates in the last 12 months, it’s to at least revisit them, they’ve probably reached their best before.
It’s been a while since you go a “ No, you’re too expensive” response
If everyone is saying yes, and you haven’t been told that you’re too expensive in a while then you’re probably too cheap! I like to think of it as if I have forgotten what a no feels like, I’ve probably gotten too comfortable with my rates. Besides, theres only so many no’s that come before the inevitable yes, and wouldn’t you want to make that worth your while?
Unless you do something about it, nothing will change. You’ll continue to stumble in the kitchen and cook up more mistakes than an episode of Great British Bakeoff.
And the simple answer? It’s time to raise your rates.