“If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents—start charging for it.” – Kim Garst
This is a really important quote and one that I come back to over and over again. When you work for someone else, you should expect to be compensated, unless it is a charitable event or helping out a family member.
If you’re like me, I really enjoy writing. I may opt to use a paying service like Patron or something else in the future, but for now, I enjoy working on this blog for the sake of the writing. I am also working on some books. A nonfiction book on Technical Recruiting and some ideas about some novels I’d like to write and publish. Writing a book is not an easy task. If it were, everyone would do it. I will be seeking a fee for my books, once completed.
This is all about personal preference. If you are seeking an income from blogging or some other service you provide for others—go for it. If your work is worth something, people will pay you for it.
What I think is most important is your time. If you are faced with a conflict between doing your writing or some other personal work, your work should be the priority. Don’t let people guilt you out. Your time is exactly that—your time. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to other people, particularly if what they want you to do will detract from what you are focused on.
I don’t want to be seen as evil hearted, but there’s a big difference in helping family or friends and saying “yes” to everyone. This will put you in a hard place and could cause you to miss deadlines you’ve set for yourself. Then the resentment will kick in.
Be willing to give of yourself to others, but not by sacrificing your personal goals and aspirations. These should be paramount in your life and should not be sacrificed by being too much of a “yes” man or woman.
Until next time…