Out here in rural Montana, there are some incredible artists and craftsmen trying to make a living. They’re painting Montana scenes on mugs and ornaments, incorporating antlers into tasteful (and not so attractive!) pieces, and hand building jewelry with local sapphires or fabulous beads they’ve collected.
As my family and I recently wandered through one particular craft market full of vendors, my heart sunk a little.
No one was charging what they were worth.
- They look at the prices of mass produced products at giant retailers and match them.
- They don’t factor in a time equals money formula in what they’re doing.
There will always be someone doing things cheaper than you. (It doesn’t mean they’re doing things better than you.)
But you don’t have to compete based on price. Bring something else to the table, and charge what you’re worth.
My husband and I are self-employed. We also have a six-month-old son. We all know how limited time is with a new person in the family. All of a sudden, the time we had available to work drastically decreased. It doesn’t make sense for us to be poking around on Facebook when we have a baby sitter. We have to focus on our unique skills.
Like right now. Martin is programing so we can launch a new shopping cart and affiliate program at our online journal shop, Gadanke. And I’m writing to you.
We feel like these tasks contribute to our goal – for our work and our family.
I always think: Is the work I’m doing worth so much to me and my family that I’d rather do it than be with my baby?
If the answer is no, I need to stop. But if I’m deeply passionate (like I am about the new baby book I just launched), then I know it’s worth it. And the investment of my time is worth it, too.
|Katie Clemons is a storycatcher and journal crafter. She helps people celebrate their stories with her award-winning writing prompt journals at Gadanke. She also blogs at Making This Home about simple, handmade living from a vintage airplane hangar in Montana.|