Now we don't want to sound like a couple of old prudes, but poor business etiquette can really hurt your personal brand, and there is one mistake in particular that will leave people not wanting to work with you. Find out what it is, and what to do instead, in this week's episode of The Decorettes.
Problem: There’s nothing better than finding the exact person that you want to work with to help your business, but here’s the problem. They’re out of your price range- such a buzz kill. The worst thing you can do? Ask to get anything for free or for a deeply reduced price. So this week we’re covering some ways to handle working with someone that’s outside of your price range in a way that’s professional and it’s putting out into the universe that you don’t respect others’ businesses, therefore, people won’t respect your business.
When you ask for free/reduced work, you’re not valuing others’ businesses, so why should others value your business. Don’t ever resort to guilt-tripping.
You don’t want to pay a designer for a website? You don’t see the value then why should someone see the value in =hiring you to design their space? Or take their wedding photos etc…. (And honestly- your website is the tool that’s going to grow your business!)
It’s no ones business if you don’t have any money. It’s unprofessional to go that route. And it’s presumptuous. I started my business with nothing and I slowly built it. I had a part time job and never went out to dinner and colored my own hair! So to tell me you have no money is infuriating bc I had no money and I never asked people to do anything for free! I make sacrifices to be able to invest and grow my business.
When you say you have a budget just to get people onto a free strategy call with you, you’re wasting not only that person’s time, but your own. And why would that person ever want to work with you after their time is wasted.
Put yourself in their shoes. Designer what if someone just had you over and picked your brain and then had no intention of hiring you?
Find out the pricing of your dream service-provider and save! Make it a priority.
Get a part time job to fund that service.
If pricing is completely out of the question for now, do they have a paid product or smaller course that you can buy to get some of their expertise in a more limited capacity? Many high-end service providers have low-entry products to get you started.
Make a plan and have stepping stones.
Just remember, that when you aren’t respectful to other business’ price points, you can’t complain when people balk at yours. So be classy, save your dollars, find a low-entry product, and put out those respecting vibes!
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