Inspiring She Boss Series: Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross
Clara Barton’s Story
Clara Barton is a Christmas baby born in 1821. Her father was in the local militia. She was a super shy kid and had only one close friend. When her brother had an accident, she nursed him back to health. To combat her shyness her parents decided to send her to high school which only backfired. She became depressed and stopped eating. Early in her professional career she was an educator. During the Civil War, Barton wanted to do her part to help. She cared for injured men and provided personal care for these men. She knew at that moment she needed to work alongside the Army. In 1864, she was appointed as the “lady in charge” by the Army. Through her efforts during the Civil War the American Red Cross was born.
Barton’s advice and why it matters to you. She Boss.
“I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man’s work for less than a man’s pay.” Clara Barton
I am in love with this quote. This relates directly to knowing your worth ladies. It is 100% okay to do some scholarship work. Heck, even I have a client I took on for free because I can. I did it because I wanted to. However, know your worth ladies.
Let me tell you a story about charging your worth.
So when I first started my business, I thought if I charged less I’d be able to help more women and be budget friendly. I offered my 1:1, 6 1:1 hour sessions for $600 a month. This didn’t include all the things I did for them. If I signed a client I was working my tail off for about 24 dollars per hour. That’s crazy She Boss. I was always so stressed out. I was working my tail off for people who didn’t really appreciate me or my services.
I had a call with Courtney Cope last year. If you don’t know her yet, you need to get to know her. You can find her here. She told me that when I undercharge I am doing a disservice to myself. I also cannot work with high level clients who value myself and my knowledge because they see a lower price tag and think that I lack confidence and the skill set to help them.
Moral of this story is when I undercharge, I help NO ONE. I cannot work with dream clients and I cannot help myself or my family.
She Boss, you need to know your worth. Own your knowledge, own your experience and own your services. You have a lot to offer your dream clients. Always remember that She Boss.
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