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Self employment – Charge what you deserve

I have been self employed for about 6 years now and I have seen it all. The clients that never pay up until you chase them and those that wait until the very last day to pay. I have seen clients that want all for nothing. They are happy to pay you peanuts and keep all the profits for themselves. Earning money as a self employed person is hard work. Don’t believe the stories that tell you it is easy to earn a living from home because it is far from easy. Trust me, I have 6 plus years worth of experience to know that being a self employed person, running your own business from home is hard. Which is why you should charge what you deserve.

 

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My reason for doing this

I found myself working from home full-time after my twins were born. Going back to my old job was not an option. I hated it and the commute and income won’t be worth the hassle at all, so I ended up focusing on making money online. It worked! I started earning a full time living wage from this blog and my freelance jobs (mainly copywriting and blogger outreach). It wasn’t easy. I had to work every free hour I got and I hardly slept all those years, but the money started coming in.

It got easier as the twins got older and started pre school and now primary school. I have more free time to focus on my hustle and even throw in studying for a whole new degree. However, the journey has been a rollercoaster ride and has taught me a lot. What kept me going all these years was my “why”. To be a happy self employed person, you have to have a “why” because you will need to remember the reason when the days get tough.

 

Which is why I charge what I deserve

I love what I do and the opportunities it brings are too numerous to mention but I also have my own fair share of dealing with people who don’t want to pay the right amount for what they want. A really funny email came in yesterday and it was the lowest fee I have ever been offered and it make me giggle. Obviously I didn’t bother replying but I am pleased with how far I have come because on a good day I would have been fuming at the audacity of the email.

My rates are my rates. I charge what I deserve and I don’t apologise for it. I believe there is value in my work and I would now let anyone take advantage of me by accepting low fees just because that is what they are willing to pay. The first rule when it comes to self employment or running your business is to charge what you deserve. There is enough to go around for everyone if people stop being greedy and I believe to unblock the flow of abundance, we need to charge the right amount of money. There will always be people who will happily pay your rates once you are comfortable asking for it.

 

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When it comes to self employment, the pros outweigh the cons massively for me. Which is why I am still doing what I do full-time for now. It is great to be able to work from home. I won’t charge that for anything now. Are you self employed? Do you feel you charge what you deserve? Do drop your comments in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading, sharing, commenting and liking. Have a good one.

 

 

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How to sell on eBay UK

I set up my eBay UK account in 2015 and I have been selling on and off on eBay for many years. Although I took a long break from selling on the platform, I am now back on there and enjoying it all now. It is now a lot easy to list items on there thanks to the smart tools eBay has put in place. I can now easily add photos on the eBay UK app on my phone and list items quickly. This used to take ages years ago so I am pleased to see the company has moved along with the times. It is now a lot easy to sell on eBay.

 

 

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I currently have about 15 items listed on my eBay account. I sold 2 items the other day and I was happy to see they were wanted by many. My experience with eBay these last couple of weeks has been very motivating. I know I will be selling loads of items on there going forward. At the moment, I am only seeing brand new items. I used to sell pre loved items but I discovered the money I got off the items was not worth the hassle. So going forward it is brand new items only or luxury pre loved items.

Selling on eBay UK can be a full time online business for you if you have an eye for products that will be in high demand and if you understand how the online market works. Here are some tips if you may find useful if you want to sell on eBay –

 

Do your research

Like every other business, a good research is required before you venture into selling on eBay. The first thing to do before starting a home business selling on Ebay is to research products you plan on selling and who is selling it already. This will give you information on pricing and how popular the products you are interested in selling are. A good research will also open your eyes to how to SEO the description and title of the items you plan on selling.

 

Sampling

Once your research is done, the next step is to test the waters in the form of sampling. This is very important so you have an idea of how sales may go before you invest a lot of money in products.

 

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Take great photos

Make sure you take great quality photos that showcase the items from all angles. You have the opportunity to upload up to 12 free pictures so make the most of the allowance. I won’t buy a product if I can’t see it from all angles and if the photos are not bright and clear.

 

Get your pricing right

It is important you get your pricing right.  You don’t want it too high or too low, you want it just right for the product and your time/effort. Also, remember to take into account the eBay and Paypal fees that would be taken off. Many new sellers forget this bit and are shocked to find they are a bit short after selling.

 

Buy it now

I like the buy it now feature, which is why I sell on my items like that. The auction style doesn’t work for me. I have had issues in the past with cheeky buyers so I stopped selling auction style. Plus I don’t like the uncertainty of not knowing what price a product is sold.

 

Do you sell on eBay UK? How are you finding it? Do you have any tried and tested tips to share?

 

So You Want To Be A Reputable Journalist?

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When you want to become a journalist, it’s safe to say that you’re never really going to want to be any old writer. You want to be successful, well-known, and great at your job too. And more importantly, you want to be reputable. A reputable journalist is famous for being good at their job. Here’s how you can do it.

 

Learn The Ropes

 To start with, you’re going to want to learn the ropes as much as you can – and as quickly as you can. When you graduate from college, get an internship – or even while you’re at college. A summer job would be great too. Even when you get your first job, learning the ropes is important, so that you can begin to establish yourself in the right ways.

 

Practice Your Craft

But then also, you need to dedicate yourself to this. It’s really not just enough for you to learn in college and then never look at a piece or writing education ever again. The best writers are those that are constantly learning. So make sure that you’re reading leading work, and that you’re practicing your craft constantly too. Practice makes perfect! Never forget that. 

 

Avoid Fake News

Finally, as tempting as it can be to get suckered in by different news articles and sensationalism. But if you know that you want to be a reputable journalist, then you just cannot get sucked in by it all. Instead, you have to make sure that you’re picking out fake news, as seen in the infographic below, and aiming to make your work a lot better. This will make sure that your career is not only successful but rewarding too. Reporting fake news never ends well. Don’t be tempted no matter what. 

 


Infographic Design By University of Southern California

 

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