Is it time to charge what your time is really worth?

It’s Time to Charge What Your Time Is Really Worth!
Catherine (name changed to protect client identity) wanted to earn more, yet she also craved a greater balance between her work and free time. She decided to take our Business Checkup Quiz, which showed her that she was leaking profits. During a pre-client conversation in 2008, I told her two things:

a) She was being underpaid by at least $100 per hour, possibly $200 per hour
– Regardless of the sluggish economy.
b) Yes, she was leaking profits in a number of ways.

Now I know this may sound a bit funny, but the truth is that not everyone should be able to afford you! If you find yourself getting a lot of “yes’s” and not too many “no’s” from prospects, chances are that you’re fees are set too low. And that means that you’re under earning.

The same is true if you find yourself with clients who want more work and more changes, but don’t want to pay for them. You may not have even realized that you are under earning, and in fact, attracting these “low hanging fruit” clients.

Before Catherine came to me, she had raised her rates from $25 to $75 per hour. Shortly after we began working together, and she created her first Ideal Client Profile (target audience profile). It wasn’t long before we “got down to business”, and reevaluated her pricing systematically.

After our research, we learned that her hourly rate should be somewhere between $175 and $375 per
hour! In fact, she knew someone in her area that was making $250 per hour doing the same kind of work that she did. Catherine was shocked, of course, that she had been under earning by so much for the last two years. So she made her pricing changes, and even though she had only taken on one new client, she’d already doubled her income!

In the upcoming months Catherine started plugging up her leaking profits. She kept track of the actual time spent with clients, and found that for every “hour” she thought she was working, she had actually done an hour and a half of work. That meant that for every $100 she charged, she had really deserved $150! And for every $1000 she charged a client, she was losing $500 worth of time.

She quickly plugged up that leak!

We then moved on to some other places she was leaking profits, such as her Client Intake process. We were able to narrow it down to a mere 1-2 hours, while in the past it had taken her up to 5 hours. Time is money!

Catherine soon hired help, giving her more time to work on the task which brought greater profits, while someone else handled the less costly tasks – such as admin, proofreading, etc.

She also created a marketing funnel, and started to be paid “by the project” rather than by the hour. That helped her raise her prices again; this time to $150 per hour — up 300%!

By the time we ended our work together six months later, Catherine had nearly tripled her income without adding a lot of time to the hours she had previously been working. She even began keeping a few clients “on retainer” – which attracted more high-quality clients as well as exciting new challenges.

She hired a house cleaner and a Personal Assistant, and was able to spend more quality time with her husband and children than ever before.

And she (and many others) did this during a recession!

Ask yourself these 9 questions:

1. How much would I charge if it reflected what I truly deserved?
2. What is the minimum per hour that I could charge, without attracting clients that will drive me nuts?
3. Do I think that I’m charging a fair fee? Why do I think that?
4. Do I think that clients are taking advantage of my good nature? In what ways?
5. How often do I lose money because of changed orders or change of mind?
6. What would you tell your best friend to charge, if they were in your position?
7. Am I waiting for my on and offline marketing to be perfect before I charge more?
8. What am I waiting to learn before I earn what I deserve?
9. What other ways am I leaking profits?

Learn how you can attract better clients and earn what you deserve! Find out where you are “leaking profits,” and how to stop. Grab your Free Instant Access to our “Business Checkup Inventory.”
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(c) 2010 Maria Marsala, Elevating Your Business with Corporate Secrets Marketing.

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