Like many of us, Jane started out doing one thing which lead her into new and unexpected directions. From art teacher to artist to coach and motivational speaker - Jane has not only seen it all, she's been through it too!
We chatted about establishing core values, establishing our own worth and charging appropriately, learning from those who have done it before us and enjoying our successes. Great stuff and as we say on the podcast "Food for thought".
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I also really appreciated the dialogue about "the right client"... It's very hard for me to say 'no' and you know in your gut when something's not right so this gave me a bit more confidence. Like Joni, I feel bad once I've met or spoken with them but I'm really going to make an effort not to get involved and to leave myself an opening/ out in the initial meet-get-to-know-you process.
About saying no to clients, I have stuff I will not do & jumping to do the impossible is a no no for me now... I hand them off to others in our office that have not learned the lesson yet... jump to do 5 rooms over a holiday and long weekend, well you can imagine the crap she got from the client on presentation, it always seems to work out that way. Nothing they like, purchase nothing, and blame the designer...
Dear Joni I felt your pain I have so been there... you have to learn to say no, not easy but for yourself you must, I have walked in and walked back out stating this is not what I do...sorry...harder for me because I have a salesperson with me that wants to sell them something, but I have to take care of me and my time...I do the whole room not just 1 new chair, I have learned the more I stand up for myself to clients the more respect I get back...CAM
My father always told me that "the customer was always right" but that does not mean that your products are services are right for them. I think that is a hard lesson to learn.
Fantastic interview. As an artist and mother of three, I love creating my business while raising a good and loving family!
My Easter will never look better - Jane!
I left my job after years as a stockbroker. I felt that it was time to do what I loved, using my gift to be creative. I am in my second masters program,studying liberal arts.
I believe that if you do what you love, everything else will fall into place. I wish I had learned this lesson earlier.
Love your blog(s).
Teresa (Splendid Sass)
Thanks everyone for listening and commenting. I just new Jane's brand of down home optimism and practical advice would speak to all the creatives!