Managing Client Expectations – Part 2

Don’t Compromise Your Hourly Fee. Lessons I’ve learned tell me that the only time I will compromise on a fair hourly or monthly project fee is for a legitimate and needy non-profit. When you have to remind your client weekly that you are doing more work than you are getting paid to do because they are changing goals as you go you need to rethink the contract. Let’s say on initial conversations before any agreement was reached for work to begin, you give them advice about the trends in industry and inside information only an experienced expert like yourself would know. This happens often. You tell them about social media opportunities or industry trade opportunities that you are aware of and perhaps even educate them to their industry insiders, but you have no agreement to do work for them at that point. What if they say who? If a CEO doesn’t know what is going on in their own playing field, and you just educated them to that point – the value is priceless. Priceless to you because it tells you that they aren’t into their own industry that pays their bills and has the exact exposure they need. Priceless to them for showing what industry knowledge is and how far reaching it can be, not to mention some possible leads. The real worth of industry knowledge is well beyond any hourly fee.

Welcome to Astrological Squares!

Hi and Welcome!   Astrological squares is on now, sit down and relax and enjoy.  Or, you could run around in a circle screaming, stomping your feet, pounding your fists on the wall, and generally feel of ill will – let me explain. Remember Hollywood Squares?  That Hollywood game show played like Tic-Tac-Toe with celebrities or near celebrities helping contestants to win prizes and money by answering questions correctly.  Okay well this is nothing like that.  Has your personal, or professional (perhaps both) life been difficult in the last week?  Are you experiencing more obstacles than smooth runways lately.  While driving your car do you find you are getting cut off more than usual? Astrological Squares are to blame.  What exactly is going on? Well, lets see Jupiter has squared Pluto, Mars opposes Jupiter and Uranus and Mars squares Pluto and then later this week Venus opposes Uranus.  According to the astrological cognizant all these squares in the sky create blocks, stumbling blocks, slow downs at the very least of what the planets normally move along.  Mars, the planet of war, energy, when squared can cause a lot of problems globally. We have seen some significant damage with earth quakes all over the world this year and the situation in the gulf here in the United States is showing what happens when force opposes nature.  The results are strong and damaging.  There is a grand cross coming this weekend on the 7th.  What good this all will do is bring change, needed in some cases, and forced in others. How much you are affected is dependent on your own profile and planet make-up. Signs such as Libra, Capricorn, Pisces, Virgo and Cancer, known as Cardinal signs are taking the brunt of the action.  So, if you feel you are being negatively affected by what is going on in the sky, go take a walk on the land and breath deeply.  Maybe try some yoga and know that this too shall pass.  In a week or two the sky will all look different and much will have calmed down and passed.  Then Mercury goes retrograde and that means traditionally all communication, technical things will slow down or you will experience hiccups in that area of life.  Oh No!  Isn’t astrology fun!  On the bright side it allows you to “revisit” the old relationships personal or professional and allows for some reconnection and review there.  Can’t wait?  Now that’s the right attitude. 🙂