One of the nicest things about being your own boss is being able to negotiate your rate. Everything is negotiable; don’t be offended if a client asks you to come down a bit, but know that you have the power to negotiate just as much as a client.
When you set your rate, make sure you go high enough so that if you decide to come down in price, you are still making enough money to turn a profit on the project.
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A valuable product or service is integral to starting your creative business. Still, to run and manage your business successfully, you need to consider other factors such as:
Working 40+ hours per week for an employer while adding your own business to your plate is certainly a challenge. Without much time for charging your batteries, it is a recipe for creative burn-out. I found the following recommendations from Khierstyn Ross really helpful:
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