Whose Advice Are You Taking?

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 145-May 25 “If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure, I would seek advice from people who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.”—Joseph Marshall Wade Jeff, a music producer enrolled in my workshop, was working on pricing his services. He had a strong feeling that he was undercharging his clients, and that he could improve his profitability significantly by raising his rates. I asked him what amount of … [Read more...]

Pick Your Price

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 144-May 24 “Certainly there are things in life that money can’t buy, but did you ever try buying them without any money?”—Ogden Nash Whether you work for yourself and have many clients who pay you, or you have one major client (i.e., you have a full-time job), you have to decide on the price you want to be paid and feel comfortable asking for the money before you can get it. Make sure you understand the value of what you’re doing for your customer. My dad gave me a great tip when I first started job hunting. He said to me, “The main thing to understand is that anywhere you go to interview for a job, … [Read more...]

Tunas Can Learn

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 143-May 23 “The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.”—Stanley J. Randall I learned a lot from Jennifer Martin, a fun-loving, free-spirited woman from England who worked as an account executive at the employment agency where I was the office manager. Jennifer was in sales, matching prospective employees with prospective employers and receiving a commission from the fee paid to the company for this service. She had fun, she stood her ground, she made a lot of money, and she wasn’t afraid to tell you the truth, even when it hurt. My meek little co-dependent … [Read more...]

You Already Own Your Own Business

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 142-May 22 “Don’t be afraid to try something new. An amateur built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”—Unknown If you’ve ever thought of going into your own business, I have exciting news for you. You already own your own business. You may only have one client, a company that pays you a salary. You negotiated your “contract,” you determined your salary by agreeing to it, and you bargain for increased fees and reimbursement of expenses with every review. You provide services for a fee to a client. You may have another client or two if you moonlight in a second job. Like any business owner, … [Read more...]

The Number One Mistake Financial Planners Make

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 141-May 21 “Everyone must row with the oars that he has.”—English Proverb Years ago, when I was first starting to earn good money, I thought I would go to see a financial planner to get started saving and investing for my retirement. We talked about my goals, and what amount of money I would like to live on when I was retired. Then she made The Mistake. She calculated how much money I would have to have saved by age 65 in order to have enough to retire, adjusted by inflation. I remember the amount, because it seemed enormous and totally unreachable: $1.2 million. She told me that I would have to start … [Read more...]