The One Thing That Makes You A Professional And Why You Should Not Forget It
01-11-2015 06:27 PM
Two events took place yesterday that give me the sense that far too many creatives still forget what makes them a professional.
The first was a link to story that appeared on my Facebook timeline, it was entitled ‘5 Things All Audio Professionals Should Know.’ It was a good list but seemed to have a huge omission, that was not one mention of money.
The second was that my wife booked a professional consultant visit the house and even on arrival I had to ask ‘how much am I paying you for the service today?’
The consultant went coy and said ‘I hate talking about money.’ I then did a little consultation of my own explaining how she needed to have that discussion before she even left her office to visit us. What if I had not accepted their rate for the job, what if I couldn’t afford to pay? Having the discussion at that point was not appropriate.
The Difference Between Professional And Amateur
So I want to remind all of you what makes you a professional - you get paid for doing what you do, that’s what makes the distinction from amateur to professional.
Too often the word ‘professional’ is unhelpfully used as a status symbol, a badge of expertise or experience. Let’s be clear you might be the most knowledgeable and experienced creative in your town, but if you don’t get paid then you are not a professional.
Show Me The Money
As a professional you should never forget that you are getting paid for offering the service of your skills and expertise so there are a few things you should remember;
- Make sure people know how much your services cost and when you need paying. Be clear about money before you even start the job.
- Never apologize when asking for money, being a professional means getting paid for the service you offer.
- Make sure you stay on top of billing, no one will ask you for the invoice.
- Make sure you chase the money you are owed, few clients pay on time.
You are a creative because you love doing what you do, at least I hope that’s the case. What makes you a professional is that you get paid for the service you offer, don’t confuse the two… love what you do, but if you’re a professional then make sure you get paid for it.
maybe we get too hung up on words?...professional...amateur...
1000 years ago, two people meet in a forest. One is their town's baker; the other is their town's blacksmith. The baker has worked with steel all his life and is in fact a master of it due to his father being one of the best in the world at the time. Coincidentally, the opposite is the case for the blacksmith. They exchange knowledge of both subjects freely.
Skip to today, and two people meet in a city. One is a lawyer; the other is a (professional) musician. The lawyer is one of the world's great musicians in secret (doesn't publish anything) due to his mozart like childhood. The musician is also a law expert. They begin to argue about who can say what as one is getting paid and the other isn't. They then go on to argue about whether or not the Friends TV show will go back on air.
This is stupidity lol
Last edited by Audi01; 01-18-2015 at 02:07 AM.
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