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Happy Monday, everyone. Thanks for the love on
the new banner. I appreciate it.

This year I started taking seriously the idea
of creating my own jobs from my natural talents.
If I can't find a job, then I create my own job.
We all have gifts that make us unique.

With 2010, weeks away. I encourage you to start
today. Yes, today. Why wait for January 1st.
Make a list of a what you really love to do.
That your passionate about. No kinda like,
lukewarm jobs, please!

As I have gained more confidence, I have
attracted more jobs my way in my acting,
teaching acting and tarot card reading.
Which has retaught me a lot of what
I think reflects in my world.

This is what I have learned this year.

1) Don't fake what you can do. Tell people
exactly what you can do and what you don't
do. Cuts down on confusion later on.

2) If your starting out, price your
services at what you feel comfortable at.
When your ready to up your rates,
practice saying your rate out loud until
you can do it without blinking.
(This does work, trust me.)

3) If you get a vibe that a prospective
client or project is flaky, trust your
feelings. Get out gracefully.

4)Keep a list of all your clients. Even
after the initial job is done, stay in
contact. Let people know you are still
out there.

5) Mute your survival and desperate feelings
for your work. Project a positive and
confident image for yourself.

6) This is your business. This is your career.
This is your life! Have it reflect who you
really are.

Was 2009 not that great for you? Well
2010 is right around the corner. Do
the seed work today, so your 2010 can
bloom beautifully.



Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

good tips for all to remember.

Actually, professionally, 2009 was a pretty good year for me. So I'm just hoping to keep things AT LEAST status quo LOL.

glorv1 said...

Great tips Shell. I'll have to remember some of those or at least come back and read them if I need to. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Elisa Day said...

I always love your posts. They inspire me. My job will finihs the last of december, I have to find something else. I dont know what. I will keep your post in mind

Genie Sea said...

Early seed work is always awesome! Onward and upward! :)

Maithri said...

Wonderful advice my beautiful friend,

Sending you the love that lights the stars,


Dee said...

great advise. They all are very useful to everyday life as well as business. Great idea for anyone new with pricing. I used to struggle, but now I say it with ease, I fell confident in my pricing and the quality I put into my work. Thanks for giving us something new to think about as we head towards another new year!

Tracy said...

Ooo...this was good, Shell! Right now I'm planting some little seed that I hope will be growing and thriving next year... It's scary, but I'm very excited too! So happy 2009 has been a good one for you... and ther's still lots of it left... Enjoy! Happy Days :o) ((HUGS))

Lisa said...

Great advice, my wise friend. Thank you.

Don said...

We are in complete agreement with numbers 1 & 3. Very inspiring post. Something to take with me, and ponder throughout the day. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day, "Giggler." LOL.

Laurel said...

Wondeful post as always. You are a teacher Shell like no other and I learn SO much from you. I am taking these ideas and applying them to 2010. No need to dwell on past or feel threatened by financial insecurity-it is about action and positivity.
Love to you my sweet friend.

marilyn said...

Hi Shell this is marilyn ! I love your pretty picture.. and I love those tips which is something i always tell my clients ....

Create your own job...

The best advice and list your gifts and talents....

Javajune said...

Oh Shell I love this. You are so insightful- this is the perfect advise for 2010. Thanks for the inspiration!

jess gonacha swift said...

Ahhh, what great lessons, Shell. I especially resonate with the one about trusting what your gut tells you about flaky clients. I've learned this lesson several times myself!

Anonymous said...

Solid advice! Best of luck in 2010!

gypsy said...

Shell, Wonderful words as we approach 2010. I love the extra energy that the beginning of the year (decade!) brings. Thank you for the idea of starting ahead of time!

Cheryl Lynn said...

My goodness, what a great post! Such sound advice in this crappy economy. Even though things are spastic in this economy, opportunities continue to arise for those of us with creative talents.

Thanks for this very inspiring post.

cinner said...

Some great ideas Shell. I am looking forward to 201o and will implement them.,Take care.