Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Punking Has Ended

First of all I’m sorry I’ve been busy chasing fairy tale promises and doing work for discounted rates like a punk. It’s caused areas like my blogs to slip.

The punking is done.

While everything hasn’t been all drama and wasted time this post is a semi rant which guess what I can do because this here is my space and I’ll do what I want to do.

So here are some painful and expensive lessons I’ve learned this summer the hard way.
  •    Just because it’s a good cause doesn’t mean you should compromise protocol. Contracts need to always be negotiated, signed, and agreed upon before any work is done.
  • ·        Suggested potential partnerships don’t mean squat. Don’t work on a project under the assumption that if you do this then you’ll get this “potential other job.” Focus on what the present responsibility is and stick  to it.
  • ·        Don’t lose focus of the job you’re being paid to do. With that said be sure to clearly in writing say “I’m going to do this for this amount.” I don’t care if it’s in the form of a text, emailed via your cell phone that is lacking a full Qwerty keyboard, or recorded via that nifty recording app. You make dang sure that it’s understood between both parts what services are being given and what the payment for such services are.
  • ·      Investments can leave you cash poor. I am all for bartering and trade. But eventually those need to generate an income because frankly you can’t give eBooks to the local Walmart to pay for your groceries.
So that’s just a little run down of the recent lessons learned the hard way by the always bullheaded belle.

What about ya’ll? Are you capable of learning from others mistakes or are you like me? Have you ever felt Punk'd?

Bri Clark
Belle Consulting
Literary Strategist, Author, Speaker, Social Media/ Platform Consultant


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1 comment:

  1. Oh boy - definitely been there, done that. If I hear the word "potential" or "exposure" one more time I am going to scream. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone. It is hard to say no, especially if you feel connected to a person, company or mission, but this is a business and I am not in the position to do charity work. One day maybe but not yet. It's been my own fault as well. I've started saying "It's my policy to require..." and that has helped me with being more firm. I am flexible but only to a certain extent. Thanks for posting. Your timing is perfect.