During our first coaching session, a new client confided that she wanted to make her book a priority but her freelancing consulting job paid the bills–how could she reduce work hours, increase writing and platform building hours and pay her bills?
“Can you charge more?”
Turns out she could–her skills are in high demand. Not only did she make a commitment to charge more, but the next day she wrote me, “I wanted to share with you…I heard from a friend I used to work with a few years ago today. I haven’t talked to him in close to 3 years. Turns out he started a consulting practice and asked me if I was looking for a change. He tossed out a high level hourly in a range that would help out a lot.”
Amazing how quickly we can manifest when we just put it out there. If you’re having trouble finding the time and energy to write because of your day job, particularly if you are freelancing or a solopreneur, consider giving yourself a raise. And then reduce your work hours to make time for your book. Remember what a difference your book will make in your life and the lives of your readers.
Another nifty thing about raising your rates is that it will almost invariably attract high quality clients. Every time I raised my rates, I ended up attracting people who were writing especially interesting books, paid on time (or ahead of time), had achieved a great degree of success already and were ready, willing and able to apply themselves to be successful as an author.
I predict that your high-paying clients are likely to be many of your best as well.