Value Your Time

I'll never forget the first time I met Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked. I had just finished setting up my crocheted items for The Beehive Bazaar and was incredibly nervous about doing my first handmade show. Another vendor approached my table, took a look at my tags and said, "Are you kidding me?!"

Oh, crap.

I had been on Etsy the week before, trying to learn what market value was for my goods. I took an average of what other people were selling theirs for and went with it. After hearing her comment I just knew I had priced them too high and wouldn't sell anything. I was defeated.

"How long does it take you to make one of these? Are you even charging enough for your time?"

Say what? I just knew I needed to make back my product cost. I hadn't given a thought to how much time it took me to make a hat.

"I did what you did when I started. I thought I had to charge less to sell more, but guess what? I realized that my time was important. I upped my prices, made the same amount of money, and only had to do half the work. You need to determine what your time is worth. How long does it take you to make a hat? That's time you could be spending with your kids and people should be paying for it."

My mind was blown. I was likely charging double my product costs, but hadn't even taken into consideration how much time was spent on each item. It was too late to change my prices for that venue, but I had certainly changed my attitude. I viewed my talent differently. I viewed my time differently. Little did Susan know she had affected me for life with her words.

How do each of us view our time? Is it precious? Or are we content to squander it in an effort please others? If we value ourselves, we'll value our time.

As a huge THANK YOU for spending some of your precious time with me on this blog, I want to share Susan's talent with one of you.

To put it simply, Susan makes moccasins. But not just any moccasins. These gems are the best little shoes for your baby's feet. They're made from amazingly soft leather and are ideal for kiddos to crawl and walk in since they stay on.

Case in point. 

This kid crawls at a million miles an hour. Hence the blurry pics once he started moving! But his moccs stay on.

I chose Weathered Brown for my little guy since I knew they'd match about anything. But you know if I had a girl I'd be going for these!

If your little person has a pair of these, they're sure to become a family heirloom.