What Is Your Time Worth?
Last night, a friend asked me a question I hadn’t considered in awhile; what is your time actually worth?
The first time I considered this, I was an eighteen year-old facing the real world with a deer-in-the-headlights attitude. I was in my freshman year of college, working part-time at Hollister, and babysitting a couple of nights a week. Eventually, I was asked to accommodate a family by watching their children on a regular basis – a ‘nanny-like’ job. That’s when they asked me the question:
“How much do you charge hourly?”
Before they had asked me that question, I just accepted whatever they gave me when they got home from their date night. Usually a crisp twenty dollar bill, sometimes more. But at that time, I figured it was easy money. Once the kids went to sleep, I just studied on the couch until they got home. But now, I was being asked to do more than make cookies and watch a Disney movie. I would be preparing dinner, lunch for the next day, helping with school work, picking up from school, etc. It was a different job with a much steeper set of responsibility attached to it. I had never put a price tag on my time before… it made me nervous.
I had never put a price tag on my time before… it made me nervous.
I was so used to waiting for someone else to put a value on my time and effort, that is felt foreign to measure it myself. Intrinsically, it highlighted another problem: I wasn’t sure of my worth.
I wasn’t confident that I was worth the kind of money I knew I should be asking for.
An hourly wage is just part of this example. There are many other ways to fail to recognize the size of our potential and therefore fall short of showing how valuable of a person we are. In what way are you second-guessing your worth? It it in your relationships? How about your hobbies?
When we fail to recognize the size of our potential, we fall short of showing how valuable of a person we are.
Humility and confidence are not enemies – they counterbalance one another. Confidence displays certainty that you able and willing to get things completed. Humility is understanding what your time is worth, and recognizing there’s always room to grow and expand.
Believe the you are a great listener, a creative thinker, a team player, and a go-getter. Now, go do it and prove it.