Dear Creatives, stand your ground.

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I actually did wake up at 2am to write but since my throbbing head has other plans for me, I slept back and woke up at 4am. I can shake my head up and down now and hope that it stays shakable tomorrow.

Now playing: the playlist this idiot made for me. No, I won’t share, I’ll just be putting up the picture of the one who has my heart completely.

Between the last time we talked on this blog and now, I dyed my hair, watched the whole season of SEX EDUCATION and the two seasons of DYNASTY.

I was up most on most nights completely neglecting writing on this blog and doing ‘one more episode and I’ll write’.

Guess who one more episode herself to the very end of the series?

We need a season three and we need it fast!!!

Either ways, dear creatives that do not know how to place value on what they do, what’s the problem? Is it that you’re unsure or you feel like you’re not worthy to have value?

I ask this because I heard a whole web/app developer beat himself up in front of a potential client in order to seem humble.

He stuttered, he stammered and most of all, he wasn’t sure of how good he was.

The phrases ‘I could’ and ‘’maybe’ fell out his mouth so much that I almost walked up to him and gave him a resounding slap.

He had some pretty good jobs to his name but he didn’t value himself enough to see them as ‘good jobs’ and I watched as he was painfully priced from 100k to 30k because he seemed unsure of himself.

It was more painful than seeing Cristal Carrington die.

I’d never stop asking you to value yourself first before any other person values you. This way, nobody can ride you because they’d realize that they need you more than you need them.

Don’t be afraid to put a price on yourself because you want to seem nice and cheap unless nice and cheap can fund your lifestyle because you’ll most definitely be priced to nothingness even when you’re cheap. Price yourself knowing that your piggybank needs to be fed everyday and it cannot be fed with an empty account. This is my motivation.

Reminds me of the very time someone cut 80% off my budget for a job and told me ‘just accept this one, there will be more jobs in the future and we’ll put you on the list.’

God forbid, dear.

I was broke but I honestly refused to sell myself short and lose on both ends because I wanted to please people with my money in their pockets; because if 80% of the budget could be cut now, what was the guarantee that I’d even get paid at all next time?

What was the assurance that the next time a better job came up, I wouldn’t be called and priced to the level of disorientation simply because they know that I’d settle for just anything?

God forbid bad thing!

So dear creatives who want to make a difference and get paid while at it, place value on yourself knowing that they need you more than you need them because they’d have learnt it if they didn’t need you.

While you’re at it, ensure that you know how to deliver what is expected of you too because you’ll put yourself in a position of ‘see finish’ and lose your integrity.

I have tried for you.

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE TWO SERIES MENTIONED ABOVE

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN UNDERPRICED BY A CLIENT? SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES.

ARE YOU ACTUALLY NICE OR YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE WORTH?

HOW HAVE YOU UTILIZED THIS STRIKE TO YOUR FAVOUR?

DO YOU HAVE YOUR PVC, DEAR?

32 COMMENTS

  1. Creatives go through a lot.
    But for me instead of lowering my value, I’ll rather not do the job.
    Let them get a cheaper person to do it. I’m busy.

    I haven’t seen any of the series mentioned.

  2. Lmao, Hod knows my pride is too big for my body. I’d rather starve to death before I accept anything lower than what I’m worth. What’s that 😂😂, But The again, some ppl don’t have the luxury of rejecting some offers, as bad as it may seem. Because all they do is feed, hand to mouth. But also like you said, value yourself and pay whatever price you need to pay.

    Haven’t seen the series 😑😑

  3. Creatives actually go through a lot. People find it hard to pay them what they deserve. The most painful experience I had is with one of our acclaimed record label. We agreed on a fee and they said they can only pay 60% upfront. After completing the job, 40% balance turned to story till date..

    Btw, I haven’t seen any of the series mentioned.

  4. Ah mhen, this got me. I beat down my price for some unseen fears. Maybe I really don’t know my worth. I’ve heard of people that I don’t think do as good and don’t compromise their price.
    My resolution now, No matter how broke.. my standard remains the same now. Those that have experienced me will tell you what you missed by turning your back.
    Thanks babes, yes you tried for me.

  5. Did God speak to you about me dear😢 because this blog post is for me..I’ve been beating my price down too much because “I sha need money” and “ah what if another job doesn’t come”

  6. Finished dynasty a long time ago. Sex education freaked me out but I’ll go back to it. We’ve had this discussion of underpricing before so I really don’t have anything to say anymore. Just know your WORTH. Once you value yourself, no one will be able to undermine you . Great blog post

  7. This is a nice write up as usual and definitely learnt something. Please check out my blog please lucktheteen.blogspot.com and tell your friends too please I post every Fridays here’s mine too

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    Well done osas. Thanks for the wake up call. This revolutionary voice needs to be heard.

  9. Blessing Irianele, shebi I’ve said I’ll start valuing myself na, why bring it to the blog again?😪 Anyway, nice read, as always.

  10. Like I always tell my fellow designers charge” them well so they don’t stress you on your last price” I’ll cop the series from my friend tomorrow

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