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Authentic Creativity & Making Money


​“I long for the ability to create without any thoughts of money…to create because I love it… to take real time off when I need it… to try new things and build in more hobby-time into my life.
 
Although everything I create is because I love it, I tend to always have that background question: ‘Will it make me money?’
 
I want to get to a place where I feel I can try things and fail and be totally fine with it…”

 
–a reader sent this to me.
Indeed, it’s a life that many of us heart-base…

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Sliding Scale Pricing: Why I Don’t Recommend It


​I have several colleagues and clients who offer sliding-scale pricing. Some of them advocate for it, so it’s touchy for me to disagree with that strategy, but I feel it’s important to share my point of view about it. I don’t feel that sliding scale and pay-what-you-can is supportive for most businesses, and it puts too much burden on customers. 
Even if there are a few people who are doing it effectively, I think they are exceptions. Most of us would have a more sustainable business i…

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Quick and Easy Money?


​It’s sad when I see people seeking quick and easy money. 


Often, they seek it because they are actually exhausted with work, and life. “If I could only solve this problem of money, then I can really have the freedom to live life on my terms.”

That mindset provides little defense against unscrupulous people who are selling some system that will supposedly earn quick and easy money.

Unless you’re already a business genius with enough of a warm audience, the truth is that quick and easy …

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Authentic Business: $4K in just 8 hours per week?

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​A client asked me to write up a roadmap to a kind of “four-hour workweek” for authentic business…

The best I can come up with is an 8-hour workweek. It’s more realistic, yet still minimal. Imagine: just 2 hours of work, 4 days a week. Quite a luxury, especially in these economic times!

Of course, it all depends on how much income you’re aiming for, and your current stage of business.
Let’s say you’d like to earn $4,000/month working just 8 hours per week.
(This is a true privile…

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Should You “Charge What You’re Worth”?


​Have you heard that you should “claim / stand up for your value” ?

Let’s look more deeply at this…

How much is your value?

How much are you worth?


$25/hour? $150/hour? $500/hour? $10,000/hour?


If other people charge more, are they worth more?
Words matter: they shape how we see ourselves and others. Connecting our fees to our “worth” is an unhealthy comparison.

Are you worth less than someone who charges more?

Truth: You are worth infinity.You are a precious human being whose o…

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