My Rate is My Rate

Posted July 3, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves

At the recent Tech Week Conference in Chicago, a “Women in Tech” panel featured Yesenia Sotelo, the Founder of Smart Cause Digital, a Chicago-based firm that builds digital infrastructure and implementation strategies for nonprofit organizations. And while the panel discussion Yesenia sat on talked about tech issues, the piece of advice she gave that most resonated with me is one I want to share with all of you. Yesenia said, “My rate is my rate.”

Yesenia and I share some things in common – both of us are recent entrepreneurs, leaving full time jobs to start our businesses just this year. Both of us are women (no shock there), and as women, like most other women, we both struggle with knowing and setting our value. Yesenia has figured it out, and I entirely respect her statement – “My rate is my rate.”

There are countless books written about women and value – books that tell us how women are often afraid to ask for raises, and nervous to set our price and stick to it. Here are a few to think about when you’re deciding to finally set your rates and stick to them:

Read books, talk to other women, do whatever you need to do to get to the point where you know what you’re worth and are willing to set that price and stick to it. Salaries are negotiable, but what you’re worth is not. Know your rate, and be confident in your ability to get it!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."