Know Your Worth?

Athena
3 min readDec 31, 2020

Over the years I’ve known that my ability to market myself didn’t hold a candle to my ability to market other organizations. I can come up with a list of reasons someone else’s product (or more often), a not for profit, deserves to receive funding or a sale, but myself? Undervaluing my products is also high on the list…. I know this isn’t just me though….

I remember my first full time job was as a computer programmer at a university. To get the position I had to list my experience, enough to qualify to test, and then take a civil service exam and score in the top three — which basically meant 100 percent. After being hired and working a few months, another programmer was added. I was called into the assistant managers office (Bill) shortly after to be informed that the new person, Brent, would be making more — but it was because he had a family. Needless to say being young and in my first job I had no clue how to respond… and this was the early 90s late 80s. Years later it still annoys me.

Around 2013 friends convinced me to join them in sewing, needless to say they were girl moms and I was a boy mom… For boy moms you probably already see the issue with that, but I was a little slow. We spent a few days making the website, all girls clothes with the promise that we would add boys clothes later. By we I mean, I made a site and they directed the changes they wanted. I also bought the…

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Athena

Mom of three boys. Computer programmer living in the country with my husband focusing on my hobbies and youngest son. https://ko-fi.com/athenaandrew