I’ve been thinking about this recently. It’s some advice, I guess, that was given to me when I was having a crisis over charging people a respectable amount of money for my workshops. (Something I still struggle with but then this advice CONSISTENTLY helps me wrangle myself back into shape about it.)
The thing is that you don’t want to charge much (or any) money for what you do because you think it’s easy. Anyone could do this! You say. How could I possibly ethically charge someone (this much) money for what I do?
Because no, not anyone could do it.
Or more importantly, even if anyone COULD do it? They don’t want to. They want YOU to do it. And they want to make that worth your while.
You undervalue yourself and your work, because you think that it’s not special. But that’s wrong and it is, and people WILL pay you a respectable amount of money for it.
Why is it special? Because even if other people are offering a similar service or product, no other person offering it has your particular voice. It doesn’t matter what your skill is, if you are good at something, you have your own way of doing it and your own style, and people will respond to that.
And if you think you’re not good enough to offer whatever your skill is for money? Ask some friends for some brutally honest advice. Chances are they will tell you the truth. Or hell, skip that part and just offer to sell some of whatever you do anyway. See if it sells. If it does, then you know it will.
Artists are particularly bad about this. But my work isn’t good enough to sell! They cry. But probably the only reason you think this is because you know someone better than you - but guess what? There’s always someone better. And it doesn’t make your work any less valuable. There’s probably still a lot of people (like me!) who can’t make art at all who would love to throw money at you.
Imposter syndrome is a hard one to beat on this issue (on every issue, it’s a hell of a mental block), but the fact is that if people are willing to pay for your work, then it is probably worth selling it.
And that has been your unsolicited making-money-from-your-passion advice for the day.