“Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’. You gotta have somethin’ if you wanna be with me. ” ~Billy Preston
Freedom isn’t free. There is a cost for everything. Understanding this is a foundational stone for all entrepreneurial ventures. It is an integrity jewel that will give you access to maximize everything you do.
As your start-up goes from brainchild to fruition, you are going to meet some vital contractors along the way. Valuing their products and services will get you add-ons beyond what you can afford.
This professional will be there to lend their expertise to your foundation and business structure. It is your strategist, who will listen attentively as the floodgate of your ideas bursts open. They will take your passion and transform your thoughts into a workable plan. You will be amazed by just how doable your witty invention is!
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The architect possesses insight and skill that has a tangible value. The correct advice can save you thousands to millions of dollars by helping you avoid costly mistakes to begin with. If you did not need a professional to develop your business blueprint, you wouldn’t be sitting across the table from one. So pay up!
Everyone can order their first business cards from VistaPrint. After you upload your logo and use their template, guess what you have to do? Pay them! Well, the same goes for the independent graphic artist. They bare the cost of some overhead to bring you quality t-shirts, bookmakers, and brochures.
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The material maker is truly a visual artist. They have the ability to create a digital fingerprint for your brand. When done correctly, you will be able to use those materials for years and years to come. If you’re going to minimize the value of their services, do not waste their time with asking for mock-ups that you do not want to actually purchase. Go to Office Depot and buy some software and learn how to do what they do. Pay them or pay dues!
You may have to hire security detail to help you protect your investments. These heavy hitters are your lawyers, accountants, and compliance professionals. They help you to fortify your structure and watch for loopholes that can make you fiscally vulnerable.
Business clients are not typically expected to have the time or know how to oversee every aspect of their business. This is why certain tasks are outsourced to independent contractors. These arrangements allow you to build a comprehensive legal and financial team without the excessive overhead. Appreciate their worth to your bottom line. You get only what you pay for!
I’m just saying, we all have to budget expenses to stay in business. Do not undercut those that you sought-after to join your extended team. (Brace yourself for a real shocker!) Your business is NOT more important than theirs. Be the type of client that you want to attract!
Sidenote: Contractors remember that you are not obligated to work with anyone. If a potential clients drools over my ideas, but scoffs at my price point then they do not understand what the information they are seeking is worth. It is best to not enter an agreement, because they will constantly consume your time with open ended questions and then wonder why resources aren’t free. Time is money. Move on.
Each business or legal case I touch is important to me and gets access to my whole brain! I’m even surprised by what treasures are locked in that vault. My services will not be minimized by someone unwilling to lead with excellence.
My contribution to the DP Prompt: Constant.
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