Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What Not To Do Wednesday On Money (It's a Gas)

Oh, yeah. Pink Floyd singing Money. It's a gas, all right. As long as the money's rolling in. But sometimes, we have to put the brakes on a job when there's no money in sight.

I've had a few situations recently that had me thinking about money, grasshopper...

In the first instance, what I thought was a paying market turned out to be a non-paying market. So, I had to do some considering. But here's what not to do: don't be afraid to speak up if a market changes their pay procedure during the submission process.

The other situation involved a job discussion that was going back and forth in the most delightful way- till the money I wanted didn't coincide with what the client wanted to pay.

So here's the thing, grasshopper. Know thyself, where money is concerned. If you want to get paid for your work, set your fee. There's no need for long explanations. Ideally, you've done your research and know what's a fair price for the work you do, whether it's editing or essays or writing on the wall.

Sometimes, you'll make money. And sometimes, a client will drop off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again. Unlike Pink Floyd. They just keep on going-and making money. (Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.)