So as I getaway to a new life, we decided to getaway from Delhi too for a weekend to stay at a gorgeous Neemrana resort called Deobagh in Gwalior. The ride was long and the hotel tough to find, but the stay totally made up for it!
And it rained the first evening we were there, brought out all the peacocks from their hideouts.
It was gorgeous.
Living like royalty even for a few days makes you wonder about their existence and if they ever had the kinds of problem you have.
Who paid their electricity bill? Did they call a plumber when the pipes got blocked? Who did the dishes went the bai went on chhutti? Did they get annoying calls from brokers telling them about that great property on Sohna Road?!
Also, did they ever want to be anything other than another than a king? Throw away their crowns one day and announce they wanted to become a poet? I don’t know of any such mad king who did such a thing, but in case you do, tell me more!
Every time I think of such thought, I feel shaky and uncertain about my decision which feels totally illogical sometimes. If its the right thing to do, why don’t more people do it? I guess I will find out somewhere down the line, but for now I’m delighted about this ‘weekend’ getaway I’ve taken and I hope its as lovely as this little sojourn we made to Gwalior.
Also, kind of sealed the deal with startup in Bangalore! Very exciting.. first project and all. Thing is that it’s all sealed verbally and we’ve not agreed on rates etc. I have no clue how much to ask for either, seriously! And the large variation of rates in the markets isn’t helping me in anyway position my own rate card. I think we’re going to have to work on that carefully as we go along. Putting a price to the work I do and justifying it and hence standing for my personal brand.
As a marketer in an FMCG I’ve spent the years negotiating with ‘suppliers’, bringing down rates, paying lesser than the market and feeling proud about it. Now when I’m on the other side of the table, all of the above feels daunting and unfair.
How does one decide what a service is worth? Is it right to charge cost up (hours I put in, resources I used etc) or a better model for measuring the value I’m bringing to the table? I now need to spend some time to think about this, so that I neither overcharge the client, nor dilute my brand. Also what about the legal aspects of the work I create? How do I copyright and protect my creations?
Suddenly, it hits me. Being on my own is really going to be very lonely. No longer do I have the support of a mega corporate machinery with legal, commercial and brand teams to see this through. I need to do it all and tie it all together with the only thing I don’t have yet. A strong conviction in my own abilities.