To quote the Rolling Stones: “You can’t always get what you want.”
I’m saying this from both the standpoint of a consumer and as manufacturer. I’ve seen a similar graphic floating around the internet but in terms of Good, Cheap, and Fast.
From the consumer standpoint, whether it be design, photography, or any other form of art, you can only ever have two. Have a limited budget and want something done well? You shouldn’t expect it done in two weeks. Want something done tomorrow and want it to be really good? You better be willing to pay for it. Of course, there is always the last option for inexpensive and fast: you won’t get something very good.
However, I think it’s time to look at this diagram from the eye of the manufacturer. You, the blog owner, photographer, writer, recipe developer, or designer. Any potential avenue of revenue, you are a manufacturer. Businesses have discovered this, especially with food bloggers, and have a special niche in exploiting people who live in what I call the “no!” area.
Those are the people who are willing to give 110%, get it done fast, and charge on the cheap.
I’ve been in that thought processes before. A company comes to you and ask for something and at first you’re like “holy crap, this company wants to work with me- I’ll do it for free!” Yet in the end, you’re not only hindering everyone else who makes money doing that exact thing, you’re hindering yourself. That company now expects that you’ll live in the “no!” zone for them and they’ll use that to their advantage.
So here’s the idea: next time a company comes to you for something whether it be a sponsored post, photograph, recipe, or writing- think about this diagram and don’t undersell yourself.
That sponsored post, photograph, recipe, or writing is worth something!