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How Much Are You Worth? - How Can You Calculate This?



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How Much Are You Worth? - How Can You Calculate This?

How Much Are You Worth? - How Can You Calculate This?

How much are you worth? - I guess most of us have thought about this a few times. How much am I worth? - How much can I charge? - What should I charge?


Some people will say;

"charge what you believe you are worth."

And others will say:
"whatever you feel comfortable charging."


That being said, some people will also say this:
"If you base your pricing on what you think others will accept instead of what you need/are worth, you're setting yourself up for failure."


So, what about you?

I personally never had any issues coming up with a decent price for my services and my time.. - But I do find it rather difficult nowadays. - Both 2015 and 2016 has brought me kind of bad results, and I haven't been able to do a good comeback from the bad experiences I've had, so this is obviously one of the reasons I've felt desperate at times.

Due to those feelings and the bad experiences I've had, I also lost "track of myself" so to speak. - Meaning, that I basically sold myself short. I "forgot" the real value of me and practically gave away my time for free. - It's tough to recover from something like that, so think about it before you start doing it yourself. - Spend a few minutes to think about your actual worth before you're setting up bargain prices. - Those prices might do you more harm than good in the long run.


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hitmeasap

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MasterA

This is a good question. Of course, I want to charge very high because I earn more profit but at the same time, customers might decide to not but from me if I charge too much. I think the important thing here is to have a balance of what you think you are worth and what you think customers think about your worth. You shouldn't sell yourself short but you also need to think about things like the economic conditions as during bad economic times, people will probably want to spend less on services so you may need to sell cheaper than you want to get customers. This is tough though as no one wants to sell for cheap but unfortunately you need to adapt your prices based on the industry conditions to make the optimal amount of revenue. Times are just changing you and you need to adapt with the change to maintain the same or even better revenue.




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hitmeasap

That is very true MasterA, and you'll also have to think about not selling your services too cheap, due the to simple fact that some buyers might stay away from you because they automatically believe you're providing low quality too. - So it's literally a tricky position you end up in as a seller. And that situation is something all sellers will be in, sooner or later.




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Lynne

I agree with you that this is tricky to work out and I often find it hard to price my services. That said I think that I offer good value for money while still being able to earn a living. I like offering quality services that are well priced without selling myself short.

Right now I am working on building up my authority, building my social networks and building up my website traffic. Once I have achieved these goals I will be able to charge a lot more than I do now.




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hitmeasap

You're spot on Lynne, definitely. However, once you've achieved your goals and you've built your social networks and traffic, you can obviously charge more than you do right now, but, your potential clients needs to be aware of the benefits too, otherwise they'll stay away, in case they find the services "too pricey" so to speak. - That being said, I have no doubts at all when it comes to you. You'll make it work no matter what comes in your way. I just know it How Much Are You Worth? - How Can You Calculate This?




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Lynne

Thank you Andre How Much Are You Worth? - How Can You Calculate This?

Yes everything is flying now and I am so excited to see how this year pans out. I am still keeping all my prices nice and low while I am building everything up.




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idealmike

How much am I worth? Well I'm priceless of course! How Much Are You Worth? - How Can You Calculate This?

You can't put a price on perfection can you? LOL

Joking aside, you pose a good question! And it's one that most freelancers find themselves asking from time to time. Especially when it comes to providing some sort of freelance service. How do you calculate how much the service you want to provide is worth? Do you go buy what other people are selling that same service for? What if it's a unique service nobody else has/is provided/providing before?

And I can see how it's easy to get yourself into a position where you're selling yourself short. Where you sell your services and your time for less than they are worth. And that can have a snowball effect and have an effect on your moral as well as anything else.

So you're completely right in that you shouldn't sell yourself short, ever! You should never sell yourself (your services and time) for less than they are worth. Regardless to how much you need the money or the amount of competition there is out there for the same thing.

I believe in the value of value. What does that mean? Well, things that are valued at a good price have more value to them than things that don't. So if you see a service being sold for say $50, that service is priced at that amount mainly because of its value. Where as if you see the same service selling for $20, that service has been devalued just by being cheaper.

It sounds crazy but there is method in it. And people value and rate that higher priced service simply because it is a higher price. Where as the cheaper priced service doesn't seem to have as much value in it. It gives the impression that the seller his/herself doesn't value that service and their time needed to do it as well and that can make outsiders think the service itself doesn't have any value to it.

Do you see what I mean by this?

I'm not saying to bump up the prices of your services. We should try to keep our prices fair and and reasonably priced. We want to keep them quite low as to entice people to buy them. But not too high as to put people off as well at the same time.

It all really comes down to experimenting with prices until you can find the right price for your service.

To hit that equilibrium price if you will.

That's how I see it anyway. How Much Are You Worth? - How Can You Calculate This?




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hitmeasap

I totally agree with you Mike and you have some really good points here. Expensive services seems to be of more value, just because of it's price tag. Meanwhile cheap or cheaper services seems to have less value. - And sure, it's kind of logical too, as I wouldn't sell a $100 service for $5, but I wouldn't sell a $100 service for $100 either, even if I could. I would sell it for $75 or perhaps $85. But I want to give more for less. I've always been like that. - The key is to convince your potential clients that too.




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Everett

Well if i priced my services at what they would generally be worth, no one would buy them. There is too competitors that will price services for pennies, because those people could afford to live on a dollar a day.. not me! I live in an area where it is quite expensive. Surely there is no sales taxes but they get you elsewhere.

I price my services on what I believe the average price is, and then i mark it down to see if people would buy.. if they buy the service i keep it at the same price.




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hitmeasap

In general, that's a good approach Everett. To set your prices at one thing (what you believe it's worth) and then change it with time (increase or decrease the price). - However, due to the competitors, especially competitors from countries where you can basically live on $1 per day, makes it even harder for other freelancers to provide services. - So no matter how low you go, people will always be able to go lower than you. And potential clients will try to do it too.




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EliteWriter

It is tricky indeed, because as a seller you would like to earn more, but you are also aware of:
1. the competitors and their prices
2. the buyers' expectations
So you would need to strike a balance. It is important not to overprice your services or buyers would not buy form you, but at the same time you need to value yourself, your time and your skills. I think it is best to start a bit low until you gain more credibility and reputation. In time you can increase prices a bit.




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augusta

I always say we are worth more than we are ever paid, the buyer needs it so low while we the sellers need it so high.But one must create a balanced because of the competitors or else one loses all.So bottom we are worth more than what we are paid.




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TheoSEO

Well, how much you are worth can't be calculated in money. Some people are worth billions of dollars, while they have no family, spending money and time in casinos, luxury, etc. while there are people not worth anything, but they still generate some amount of money, enough to keep families happy. How Much Are You Worth? - How Can You Calculate This?




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Barida

Honestly, I can't really calculate how much I am worth in terms of money for I know is that I have improved my skills as a freelancer and definitely charge higher now unlike before when I receive works from other clients in the business.




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overcast

I think our expenses and the amount of time it takes for making those sales can answer this question. For example, you can see that some of the people who are worth the income knows how that works out. But freelancing is random. And here you don't have exact income prediction. So you have to be very careful of how you're handling this. I have made sure that changes in the income can be different for many among us. And we have to take this one gig and client at a time. So price can be variable in that context.




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Corzhens

As a content provider for forums, I am at the mercy of the admin and owners. They determine the rate of earnings for me and I can't do anything about it because that is the rule. But if I would have my way, I want an increased rate since my output is of quality that deserve a higher rating than what I have now.




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