Please help me value my time and please don't bill me for your time.
March 12, 2012 2:47 PM Subscribe
I am looking for your strategies to convince yourself that your time is valuable when it comes to life in general and also in billing for your time.
posted by thorny to human relations (13 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I am working on this but could use some additional strategies in dealing with my feeling of, "Oh that was just a quick fix, I'm not going to bill for it." In addition I would like to value my time more to help deter me from wasting time playing online games and other things.
Personally, I find others who are strict about this to be abrasive and/or nickel and diming me, which may be the source of my issues. I may not value others' time as much as I should either.
An example of my recent struggle was when I sent out a legitimate invoice for web services and the client wrote back, "I haven't been invoiced by you before, what's up?" The truth is that I had invoiced him several years ago from some updates but haven't done it in recent years b/c his requests were 10-15 minutes each. My "in the moment" feeling was that it was tedious to bill.
So partly I feel it's a matter of training myself AND the clients to expect my invoices, but I would also like to get more comfortable valuing my time and being a little more demanding.
Help me by sharing your strategies.