What is Your Hourly 'Life' Rate

I often justify hiring people to do things for me by considering the opportunity cost  of doing it myself; if I pay them X, it allows me to earn Y.

My 'working' life began as a consultant, so billable time was the key to life.  Every spare minute had the potential to bring money in to the firm.  We were taught not to waste our time, and to find ways to make it, if not billable, then at least productive.

Have you ever wondered what your time is worth? MSN Money has created an Hourly Rate Calculator to help you determine how much an hour of your time is worth. By putting in some basic information (stuff you can probably enter off the top of your head), you can figure out a rough estimate of the value of an hour of your time.


This information will not change my life, and probably not yours either, but it is a fun exercise.  And it might just help you justify hiring the service to mow your lawn!


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Comment balloon 4 commentsHolly Weatherwax • March 30 2009 09:37AM


It is go to know that there are tools out there thAt tell me how bad my decision making is !!! I do a lot of the work I do especially the outside work for the ZEN of it

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) almost 10 years ago

I used that calculator thingy and it came up with 3 cents an hour!!!! I guess my wife has been right all these years when she discusses my net worth! ; )

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) almost 10 years ago

I use to tell people it takes 125 working hors on average to sell a listing. Now, that has more than doubled. Time is more valuable than anything to me.

Posted by Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Holly, I'd love to calculate that, but don't have the time.  And can't afford to make this calculation.  Just kidding!! I have a feeling most agents would only be depressed at the results.  For me, my family is more important than wasting time on anything.  So, I take each work hour more seriously these days.  Great reminder to be efficient and outsource wisely.

Posted by League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE (RE/MAX 1st Class) almost 10 years ago

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