How To Get Paid When You Hate Asking For Money

When you’re really good at something and actually enjoy doing it, it’s natural to want to turn that passion into a business.

But a strange phenomenon often occurs for passion-based business owners — especially when it’s time to get paid.

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You have trouble bringing yourself to actually ask for money for something you’re so naturally good at.

Feels weirdly like cheating the system. Or taking advantage. Or somehow getting one over on people.

If this sounds familiar, you’ll love today’s MarieTV.  You’ll learn three simple steps to make asking for payment more comfortable.

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The Power Of A Good Bridge Job

A few days ago I was heading to dinner with a friend in Soho and we walked past a restaurant called Lure. I said, “I used to work there.”

He said, “You worked there? Really — not that long ago?”

Yup. That wasn’t the only place.

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At that particular time, I had three other gigs — outside of my online business — that helped me keep it all together.

One of the biggest obstacles that holds many people back from starting their own business is the fear of not being able to make enough money.

I completely understand that because it was my fear too. That’s why I chose to put my ego to the side, hustle my ass off, and leverage the power of bridge jobs along the way.

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Value What You Do: A Must Watch for Artists & Creatives

When you think about getting your work out there in a bigger way, do you ever get caught by thoughts that say…

“But what if the thing I love to do doesn’t directly change the world or solve a problem?”

“But what if my business model is all about me? I’m having a really difficult time seeing how my products will really help anyone, besides me following my dreams!”

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Most of us have a hard time valuing what we do, especially if the thing we do comes so naturally to us.

It’s can be even tougher if our work falls into buckets that can be considered “creative” or “artistic.”

Marketing can seem easier to get behind (and execute) when what you offer the world clearly solves some kind of pain point or problem.

But what if that’s not what you sell? And if you’re a creative or artistic person, can you still feel like your business makes a significant, positive impact on others?

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3 Ways To Say No To People Who Want To Pick Your Brain

Oh sweet, sweet, mother of pasta!

I’m 2 days away from heading off to Italy for a looooong overdue vacation. This trip is something I’ve dreamed about for years and we finally got our acts together to make it happen.

That means I’ve been waaaay more productive than ever to get everything done so I can totally unplug while we’re away.

Which brings me to today’s brand new episode of MarieTV.

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Here’s the scene: you’re busy as all heck working your buns off.

Through your blood, sweat and tenacity — you’ve gained a lot of experience and expertise.  Things are really starting to come together.  Everyone you know is taking notice, but unfortunately…

You’re now drowning in constant requests from friends who want to “have coffee and pick your brain.”

But the truth is…
a. You don’t freakin’ have time for coffee right now.
b. You don’t want to have your brain picked.
c. And, if you did, you’d wanna get paid for it!

If you’re tired of ignoring these emails and feeling guilty about it, this episode of MarieTV is for you.

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How To Position Your Product To Sell

Have you ever wondered…

“Why aren’t more people buying my stuff? I’ve worked really hard and put so much time and energy into this thing. Plus — my product is really freakin’ good! Why don’t I have more customers?”

If so, you’re gonna love today’s episode of MarieTV.

Listen in as my friend Ramit Sethi and I talk about a simple, yet profound, shift you can make to sell more and make your clients and customers happier in the process.

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