Why You Must Always Charge for Your Services #137

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Always Charge for Your Services

Listen up virtual assistants, creative specialists, and marketing mavens, always charge for your services. Today I’m sharing a couple of real-life stories where giving away “free” services actually backfired for these service providers. 

This is an important lesson to learn, especially if you’re new in business when your reputation is at stake. I’ll also help you find ways to thank referrals without giving away free hours.

To be a viable, sustainable freelance business, you have to pay attention to your profits and where you’re spending your billable time. Free doesn’t make you money. Plus, we really don’t want you to resent your client work or your business down the road.

Also, pay attention to the one thing you can do to combat the freebie expectation from well-meaning friends, family, peers, and acquaintances. This tactic works every time!

You will never do free work again. (And that’s a good thing!)


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Apply here before Dec. 15.

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Emily Reagan is a jill-of-all trades when it comes to digital marketing and techie skills. She’s worked as a behind-the-scenes digital media implementor and virtual assistant for a decade for online biz owner clients.

She’s a mom of four, Air Force wife, and founder of the Unicorn Digital Marketing Assistant School, where she teaches smart women the in-demand, highly-coveted digital marketing skills to get flexible, online work.

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