I wanted to touch on a subject which is timeless and always popping up amongst my peers specifically writers, crafters, artists, photographers and spiritual /holistic practioners.
Now, those who do these jobs as their daily, wage packet earning jobs have it cut out for them, they have to take both the good with the bad and I commend each and every one of them for living their dream and sometimes having to deal with some really cruel, nasty and shitty people.
In order to do what you do you have to believe in yourself so much more than 100%. And when it comes down to pricing your goods or products in all honesty you have a lot to take into account like incomings and outgoings, bills, rent, food etc. You cannot just slap a price tag on something and be done. You also have to take into account how much time you spent creating this product, maybe there are collaborators to pay or items to rent. You really have to look at all angles when pricing items especially if you don’t have many products or have to purchase more items to create more products later.
On to the tough bit.
There are people out there that will not think your products are worth what you label them to be perhaps they think your painting is only worth £50 instead of £100 or maybe they think you should be giving free readings instead of charging for them.
Lets get something straight shall we, these people clearly do not respect the time and effort you have put into your products and they certainly cannot comprehend that you too, like them, have bills to pay.
Time and again I hear this story and it is so disheartening to people, to the creators to have their work put down in such a manner. Sure we’re still on hard times, if you cannot afford something then don’t buy it! Save up. Wait for maybe a seasonal discount. Don’t bastardise the value of someones work and livelihood to suit your pocket or guilt.
Where does guilt come in? Well, spending unavailable cash for starters. But when we move from crafters to say mediums we hit a whole other type of guilt. See with the likes of tarot readers, healers and mediums what you’re paying for is classified as a form of entertainment. You can’t go to an event and ask for a refund because no spirits came through for you, gosh no! When I hear friends saying clients demanded or complained they aught to work for free, I am actually taken aback.
These people have gained skills, taken courses, and worked as hard as anyone else to get to where they are. They have every right to charge for their time, energy, effort etc For some what they do actually takes a physical toll on them and yet they still do it because they are called to by something higher-up, something unexplainable to the non-believers atleast!
Back centuries ago when trade occurred it went something like Mr A traded some barley to Mr B for Beer it was a straight swap and often items were swapped more valuable than others. Then money came along. Everything had a value.
We all know about haggling and getting the best price but that really doesn’t cut it here.
If we told you your roast dinner was only worth £1 a head when it cost you £3 and thats not including effort and time spent preparing it not to mention the electricity used and gas used. Then we told you we were only going to pay you £1 per head, I’m pretty sure you’d be one peeved off bunny whose worn out from slaving over a hot stove and hungry yourself with more bunny mouths to feed.
There needs to be an energy exchange of equal value in every transaction. So I feed you in one manner, you have to feed me in return in an equal manner. In many cases this is cash. Sure you might not want to pay cash but maybe you have nothing else to offer the person. Cash is the cleanest energy exchange you can offer someone. What am I saying… cash is dirty, its filthy and the root of all evil. Its also putting a value on something but more importantly it has so many uses within that creators world or life like buying food or paying rent, keeping them in materials, providing them the cash to further their skills.
Without this energy exchange, buyers guilt tends to set in not only that but the person you obtained goods from could be fighting to put food on the table, pay their medical bills or even keep a roof over their head and thats not on them for doing what they do and not ‘living in the real world having a real job’ as some have been known to call it, it is on the buyer who refuses to see and pay the worth of the creator.
Think first. Do you want this item? Do you need this item? Can you afford this item?
Who knows maybe you could be paving the way for the next Anne Stokes or Anne Rice!