Things that are obvious to see, but hard to implement

I’m still really terrible at self-discipline stuff.

On the one hand, I’m doing really well keeping up with my classes, and pretty well keeping up with clients. That’s good.

But my house is still a mess, hours/days after getting it caught up pretty well.

I haven’t really exercised in weeks. I bought an exercise ball and some bands and I pull them out for a few minutes here and there, but not really working-up-a-sweat exercising.

And, of course, I haven’t been writing.

I’ve been reading Ramit Sethi’s stuff. Not just his “I will teach you to be rich” blog but also his emails for his “Earn 1K” course.

I really wanted to buy into his course last month when he opened it up, but I don’t have the disposable income to throw into it. I’m still living too close to the edge. But I did watch his free webcasts that he used to build up enthusiasm for the course. And I’m reading all his emails, as he beefs up to run it again.

The first thing I notice is that there is no magic bullet in his stuff. It’s all pretty much common sense, with a big push to just GET OFF YOUR ASS ALREADY AND DO IT!

And then there is the fact that I don’t seem to value myself.

My other webpage has my “new” tutoring rates, set at $35/hr base rate. However, I have yet to have a client actually pay that. And I’m beginning to resent it. My newest client should be paying it, but past clients keep telling new clients how much they are paying, and it is driving me crazy.

Especially when I saw this ad on craigslist. If the ad is gone when you look for it, it’s of a young woman, attractive, who has similar qualifications that I did when I started tutoring. She’s part-way through getting the same degree I got, just like I was when I started. And her picture shows her at a bar with a drink in her hand. She is asking $30/hr. The picture is unprofessional, and I don’t see many high school parents picking her over others that are advertising, because of the pictures.

But then I remember when I was posting on craigslist. I had all kinds of people contact me, even when it was obvious it was not a good fit. My ad specified pre-algebra through calculus. I would get parents of 3rd graders emailing me. I listed certain neighborhoods; I’d have someone 30 miles further than the furthest neighborhood I specified contact me. It was insane.

On the one hand, I’m grateful that most of my current clients are referrals from past clients. But I’m also frustrated that this referral network makes it difficult to raise my rates. I *need* to raise my rates, but I apparently lack the confidence to do so.

Someone kick me in ass!

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I really wanted to be able to buy into the Earn 1k course because raising rates is one of the exercises he works on. 

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One comment on “Things that are obvious to see, but hard to implement
  1. Anonymous says:

    why don't you make the OLD rate the cash discounted rate for people who buy multiple hours and pay in advance? then it would be worth it, and if they didnt want the committment, they could pay the NEW higher rate? they dont have to know the old clients didnt pay cash and in advance or commit to a minimum number of sessions, but if they are really set on a bargain they can pay up front for it.

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