Retouching for a photographer is another one of those. What will be more effective - if you retouch 12 editorial shots in 8 hours or pay (yes, pay, not save) $200-$300 and, while she is busy making your work look MUCH better, meet with 3-4 potential clients and bring in one job worth $1000?
This is where we get to meet our comfort zone. As one of the leading Russian business coaches (who is also now working in NYC) Vladimir Gerasichev
said in our interview: "Our brain is not our buddy when it comes to creating something new as it's main function is to keep us safe". It is a lot more comfortable and definitely a lot more "safer" to stay at home tweaking our images, our website, even our email signature (it's gotta look perfect, right?!) rather than get in touch with a potential client and risk facing rejection. Bring THIS to the front of your neocortex - the longer people don't hear from you, the longer is your next paid project and that feeling of pride when all the doubters (external as well as internal) show up at your exhibition. As I wrote
earlier, if you want to start getting work you love, your potential client needs to know that you exist. No exceptions.