According to a recent Psychology Today article, an in-depth 5 year study of work and motherhood confirms that mothers are drowning in stress, particularly in the U.S.
This isn't exactly front page news to parents, but the article makes a point that's easy to forget when you're just trying like hell to get through your day without any major calamities:
Yesterday morning was one of those mornings. My kiddos, aged 2 and 4, were still dead asleep at 8am. Then 9am. My husband had to be at work early that day, so this was my problem to deal with. I dutifully dragged them out of bed, put my daughter's pee-drenched pjs and sheets in the laundry for the 800 millionth time, got them dressed, fed them, did her hair, put them in 45 layers of winter gear and headed out for the walk to preschool. It had snowed the night before, so the sidewalk in front of my house was a mess, and I was so late for work at this point (it was practically 10am) that I had no time to shovel.
We've all been there; you're talking to a potential client. The conversation is progressing well, you're getting excited about the prospect of a new project, but then you come to the topic of pricing... you freeze. "What if I say a number that's too high and scare them off?" "What if my price is too low and I end up leaving money on the table?"
Fortunately, pricing your services doesn't have to be such a source of anxiety. How much to charge for your services really comes down to three things: