Worth it to advertise? Worth it collaborate? Worth it to tweet or attend an event? Worth it to discount your services? Worth it to speak at a workshop at no charge? Sometimes we are too quick to say YES, and other times I am shocked when I see vendors who have no problem saying NO before they really weigh out why.
So let me ask you…what is important to you? What do you value?
I value people. Those who have showed generosity, loyalty and gratitude have my support. The way a person makes you feel will either bring you closer to long lasting relationships in our industry or end them very quickly. When you say no to opportunities such as: buying an ad, collaborating on a photoshoot, or attending someone’s event you have to be ok with the door that’s going to close. Saying no affects relationships and it could make someone feel like you don’t value them. At the same time, we can’t say Yes to it all either. We have to pick and choose what we value and what is most important to us.
Next week I’m going to share some points I weigh out to help determine what I value in my business, but in the mean time take a few moments over the next week to start thinking about what you value most. It’s necessary to have a clear idea of what’s important to you so you can build your business from that foundation and align yourself with other creatives who believe in similar principles.
Photo by Elizabeth Messina