One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned in my professional and creative life is that no one will value my work and expertise unless I do. As a creative, I struggle, alongside many of my peers to see the commercial value in my work when the market is so quick to ask for it for free, and let’s be honest, I’m so quick to give it away for free.
One of the reasons I was so slow to start my own business was how uncomfortable I felt asking for, or even talking about money. It’s partly an Irish thing, and it’s definitely a female thing, especially for those of us who stepped out of the workforce for a period of time to have children, and then found ourselves low on confidence when we headed back in.
In 2017 I took the bull by the horns and employed Karen McAllister, a money coach, to help me look at my relationship with money, and to give me the confidence to ask for a fair price for the work I’m doing. It was the best money I’ve ever spent and I haven’t looked back since. Of course, how I relate to money is an an ongoing process – as any relationship is, but I can honestly say that since starting my own business, I am owning my own value in a way that was simply not possible before and I’m earning more that I ever did, and on my own terms. As a creative, I am also valuing my work more, and am quicker to create and take opportunities that bring abundance into my life.
Karen and I have teamed up to design a half-day workshop called ‘Rewrite Your Money Story’ which we’ll be running in The Irish Theatre Institute on October 1st. We’re really excited to bring both our areas of expertise together to support those who are struggling to put a value on your work and to relate in a positive way to money. Click on the image to learn more or to book your place. We’d love to have you along.