Service agreements, a good way to preserve your self-esteem
Do large clients call upon your services more sporadically? Are you being asked for availabilities in the evening, during weekends, or even at night, at the same rate and without guaranteeing any work? Are you wondering how you will make it to your son’s basketball game next Saturday and organize that dinner with friends you’ve been pushing off? Make things easier on yourself and draft a Service Agreement in which you indicate your regular business hours (e.g., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), that you work on a first-come-first-served basis, and that you can block specific time slots for clients who can guarantee work. You’ll see that you’ll develop a deeper sense of belonging; consequently, your need for recognition will be nourished and you will develop a higher self-esteem!
Illustration: Studio Steve Bergeron