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How to raise your rates

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A bunch of sex-crazed IWT readers keep demanding that I do personal appearances, so I’ve decided their wish is my command. A few parts of that last sentence are not true.

Here’s a video I just did on how to raise your rates (including the word-for-word script to use):

Next weekend, I’ll be speaking at FINCON, a conference for personal-finance bloggers in Denver. This is not as nerdy as it sounds. For example, you can read the story about how one of my readers hit on a national reporter last year. Here are some of the other people who will be there.

My talk this year is called: Secrets of a 7-Figure Blogger: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Rise of “I Will Teach You To Be Rich.” I really like to keep things humble.

The event is sold out, but I’m planning more meetups where I can answer your specific questions. In fact, I’ve done a bunch in person recently in NYC and SF.

So make sure you’re on my email list and I’ll email you next time I do a meetup. I love meeting you guys in person, even if a lot of you are weirdos with questionable social skills.

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Ross
Ross
3 years 11 months ago

So, are you doing a meetup in Denver/Boulder while you are here?

John Frainee
3 years 11 months ago

Excellent advice here Ramit! I’ve always been interested in a pricing structure and when to lower or raise prices. I agree that adding value is the best way to raise prices, and I’ll be sure to focus on this next time I ask for a raise.

I’ll see you at FINCON!

brian
brian
3 years 11 months ago

why is it that the first thing i thought when i saw FINCON was “a conventions of fins/in finland”

I also liked the video, and ramit, I am commanding you to dance!

William @ Drop Dead Money
3 years 11 months ago

Look forward to meeting you at Fincon. And I promise not to hit on you. 🙂

Elle
3 years 11 months ago

Excited to hear your presentation this week. I really enjoyed your advice at last year’s conference. It has been tremendously helpful for me. I did the 4 four quadrants exercise that you shared about defining your site’s goals and purpose.

I refocused my site at Couple Money and did a spin off site with all of the posts that didn’t match my goals. Refocusing has helped not only with traffic, but has made writing posts easier. With a specific goal in mind instead of just writing about personal finance, topics create themselves.

Thanks Ramit!

CL
CL
3 years 11 months ago
For anybody who wants the How to Raise Your Rates script in the Marie Forleo video: Hi Josh [the client], I just wanted to talk to you about a couple things in terms of our engagement together. First of all, in the last year this is what we’ve done together. I’ve helped you manage your email inbox, saving you over six hours a day. I’ve helped you refer you [sic] 19 clients generating a total of $450,000 and X dolalrs in commissions. And I’ve helped you do X, Y, and Z. This year, one of the things you told me… Read more »
Elizabeth Saunders-Time Coach
3 years 11 months ago
Going along with Ramit’s comment on the difference between reading and hearing it… It’s really important to say this or anything related to money in a calm and confident manner. You need to be committed to giving your clients incredible value but not attached to their response. People can tell when you sound eager, desperate or uncertain. A few things to keep in mind: -Speak slowly but not hesitatingly. -If you’re female, watch the pitch of your voice. If it’s really high, you can sound anxious. -Tweak around the words until you find something that sounds comfortable, natural, and authentic… Read more »
Richard Millington
3 years 11 months ago

If anyone actually wants me to take photos of their babies, just drop me a line!

Insiya Hussain
Insiya Hussain
3 years 11 months ago

Saw this first on MarieTV a few days ago– good show. I second the dance-for-your-audience vote 🙂

peachfront
3 years 11 months ago

Actually, Ramit, it’s locking up after you say the words, “six hours a day” or at least it has locked up for me, so I’m glad CL took the time to post the script. In some areas, these long videos don’t actually play, especially in the aftermath of a Hurricane with lots of internet blinks and outages still ongoing.

CL
CL
3 years 11 months ago

You just made the ten or so minutes I took to type up the script worth it. Thank you! (I also realized that I apparently can’t spell dollars. C’est la vie.)

Brennan Dunn
3 years 11 months ago
Wow – I love this. *So many* independent professionals miss out on understanding why people hire us. It’s not to write code, design things, or be an assistant. They hire us to help deliver a positive ROI on their investment in us. A core theme in my new book is convincing freelancers that if they want to raise their rates, they need to step away from the temp agency / commodity mindset in favor of positioning themselves as a trusted business consultant. For example: Even though I write Ruby code for my clients, I market myself as someone who helps… Read more »
BJ Schultz
BJ Schultz
3 years 11 months ago

Ramit, Dance for us!

Brien Shanahan
3 years 11 months ago

Dance Ramit, Dance! Let’s see the moves!
Great interview! Naaaaiiiilled it!

Nathaniel
Nathaniel
3 years 11 months ago

Great video Ramit!

Ferdinand
3 years 11 months ago

I thought i fell in love with Marie the first time i saw her in the beginning of the video but i got ecstatic to realize it was an interview with Ramit. Great interview video, i have recently got your book man.

Ron Mathai
3 years 11 months ago

hi Ramit, any plans to visit Dallas/Fort Worth?

Himanshu
Himanshu
3 years 11 months ago

Any plan to visit north INDIA ?? i did not get your book I WILL TELL YOU TO BE RICH even from the Delhi International Airport.
Still is there any plan ?

bimal
3 years 11 months ago

@Himanshu : get it ordered from Flipkart.com. I got mine from there.

Peter at Savings Bond
3 years 11 months ago

Fincon last two years have sold out pretty quickly. Would be a great way to make some connections if I could get a ticket.

Dean Saliba
3 years 11 months ago

I always find it hard to price myself, whether it is as a freelancer or setting a price for adverts on my blog. I’ve read quite a few articles about it and watched a few videos on it and still don’t know how.

My girlfriend would agree with you on the ‘sex-crazed’ part. 😛

Suz deMello
3 years 11 months ago

Yes, I want to see Ramit dance. Naked.

Aqif Azizan
3 years 11 months ago

Love this video. It is all about delivering massive value to clients. Seriously, I love your script on how to position yourself as an expert and charge more. Thank you so much for being in MarieTV.

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Gregory Digiovanni
Gregory Digiovanni
3 years 11 months ago

Great job on partnering with Marie. Both of you have great communities and I’m sure that being a guest on her show was mutually beneficial to you both. I think you should dance for your community though 😉

Norma Lindo
Norma Lindo
3 years 11 months ago

The video clip with Ramit was absolutely chuck full of valuable information for so many with business aspirations.
Great!
Do keep me posted.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly
3 years 11 months ago

We know you got that Bollywood flash mob instinct!!!! Get your groove on, Ramit!

Elliot Ordower
Elliot Ordower
3 years 11 months ago
Thanks for the great advice Ramit, I will certainly experiment with using this pricing structure in my different side projects. I am wondering if you have advice as to whether it can be used when increasing the price of goods sold to the public as opposed to services sold to individual clients. I work in live entertainment, our competition seems to have gotten away with raising their prices for tickets and merchandise. We want to do the same. Do you think this should be done blindly, hoping that repeat customers and new customers won’t notice. Or should there be an… Read more »
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