Sometimes when we are presented with an amazing opportunity, we jump at it instead of taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture before making a decision. I know I used to always do that. For some strange reason, I always felt like the underdog in everything I did. I was always totally surprised when people said great things about me, recommended me for certain opportunities or wanted me to be in charge/take control of a project because they “believed in me.”
As I mentioned in my latest video, I didn’t start off making YouTube videos for no other reason other than to improve my editing skills for videos that would go along with my articles I wrote for a local newspaper. So when I was approached to make videos for a company, I was thrilled! I had no idea how much to charge them for my work so when they came up with a figure, I happily accepted; still shocked that I would get paid to do something that I already enjoyed doing.
Once more companies approached me to do their videos, I stuck with that same figure since I had no other information to go off of. But this year after I was presented with another job offer, I knew I had to take a step back and look to someone for advice. I then remembered this guy I met at a photography studio last summer. He was a very successful videographer and filmed episodes for various popular TV shows on the Travel channel and Food Network. I had no idea if he’d remember me, but it was worth a shot.
Luckily he did and what I thought would be a 10-minute conversation turned into an hour-long educational phone call. Not only was he super helpful, but he also just might have yet another opportunity for me. That’s why I encourage you all to never throw away a business card. You never know when you might need it!
With that being said, I wanted to share three simple tips that may help out in a big way when starting something new for profit:
When starting something new, ask questions first! Usually someone’s first offer is their weakest. You know you’re worth it especially if they’re picking seeking for your services, so don’t be scared to negotiate. If you don’t know any figures at all, seek advice and then report back once you have some information. Chances are they wouldn’t mind waiting. Again…they asked you for a reason!
Don’t assume that looking at a competitors work will be to your advantage. Sometimes the reason people like you is because you have your own flair. Looking at someone else’s work may stunt your own creativity. Stick to doing you no matter what anyone else is doing.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you need advice or guidance on a project, ask someone with more experience than you to get the answer. You might just develop a new business partner. Who knows?!
Well I hope this helps someone out there! If you have any other tips, share them in the comment box!