Attitude is Success, Success, Attitude.
In any endeavor you take on, your success comes down to attitude, your attitude.
Choice of attitude is your ultimate freedom according to Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor. Even in the degradation and abject misery of a concentration camp, Frankl was able to exercise his freedom to determine his own attitude and survive World War Two then go on to become one of the most influential professionals in his field.
This simple life truth applies in business as in life. If you are to succeed in a business of your own, you must develop the attitude of the successful entrepreneur as well as the basic skills of business success. Think about this:
I can keep listing examples all day long.
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I don’t know. Can you?
My workshops will help you
Business Basics for the Self-employed
Are you currently self-employed, or considering becoming self-employed, and want to take the next big step to make a profit with your work? To be successful in any self-employed craft, professional or art, you have to craft a winner’s attitude, and incorporate a simple set of financial and marketing skills into your existing daily routine.
We’ll talk about how to approach and manage clients or buyers, how to price your work, how to negotiate work-for-hire contracts, what records to keep, and how to maximize your income.
Common questions I’ve been asked at past classes:
- As an artist don’t I have to sell-out to be commercially successful? The answer is no. You do not have to sell out in any way, shape or form to turn a hobby or passion into a money-maker. Running a business has nothing to do with politics, selling out or becoming “commercial”. Wouldn’t you like to earn enough from what you’re doing to be able to do it full time? The basic skills of business I teach have been around for thousands of years, and while they have become more sophisticated over the centuries, you can learn to use the basics quickly. Most successful self-employed people have figured these things out, usually the hard way, by trial and error. We’re not talking rocket science here. It’s simple but powerful stuff.
- I don’t have time to keep books and market my products or services. Is there an easier way? To succeed in any form of self-employment, you must make basic business skills a daily and routine part of what you do. This takes a combination of an entrepreneur's attitude and an understanding of the basic business skills that will add to your success. Join us as we work to help you develop a holistic approach to your art, craft or professional practice.
- Do you know why research says the first ten seconds of your first meeting with a gallery owner, prospective client or customer is critical?
- Do you know the one thing research says you most likely do in front of a prospective buyer that kills your sale every time?
- Do you know how to set realistic prices? Or, do you know the one thing that Mercedes-Benz did pricing their cars that made them such a huge success. It’s not illegal or immoral, but does it ever work.
- Most basic of all, do you understand how much your time is worth? Most people who take this class are shocked when they work this out for themselves.
Spring 2014 Class Schedule: North Seattle College, Thursdays 6:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd (3 sessions)Click here for enrollment information for: Business Basics for the Self-employed