Food for thought:
“… that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg … ”
“… need a job that pays the bills … ”
Two sentiments often expressed in online forums in many different ways and forms. The issue is, if a business can’t charge enough to pay their workers well, they don’t get paid well. It’s a catch 22 we’re all caught up in.
Years ago I was in deep turmoil financially in my life, I then picked up from someone somewhere that looking at the bigger economy is one thing, but there’s also your own micro economy. And that is the one you need to look after vigilantly. That’s the one you can influence, the bigger one you can’t do much about at all.
So where does that leave us if there’s not enough jobs that pay well and everything costs a lot of money? We have to start looking at our own economy. Where is it off balance? Every economy has two tracks: money coming in, money going out (in its most simplistic form).
We need to ask ourselves two questions on a daily basis:
How can I cut my expenses? and
How can I increase my income?
Every day. I did that. I learned that I could live off much less quite happily than I thought for more than 40 years before I lost it all. I learned that if I’m holding onto stuff, I’m holding onto other things inside too that aren’t that good for me. I’ve learned to let go, of stuff inside and outside.
I’m asking myself every day, how can I make more income? Over the years the answers came. I’ve figured out what I love doing, what I’m really good at, and went about increasing my knowledge in those areas. Today I charge 6 x what I did a few years ago for an hour of my time. And that number is climbing steadily. Why? Because I keep a tight check on my own economy. That’s how I found clients who have money to pay me, so I in turn can pay good money for goods and services I receive and pay off my debt.
I love paying good money for the things I really need and want. I have learned that if it doesn’t cost “an arm and a leg” it usually isn’t the best quality either. Good craftsmanship has its price, because a lot of time has gone into honing that skill. That is what we pay for. My invitation to you today is to get a tight grip onto your own micro economy and then raise your own bar in terms of what quality you expect and be willing to pay for it.
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