It’s often said in business that everyone is replaceable — but that’s true only to a certain degree. Each professional brings his or her own unique set of skills, attributes and experience to the job. What helps make someone “irreplaceable” in the eyes of an employer is ensuring all of those things remain relevant — and continue adding value — to the business.

    Even if you feel confident your company truly needs you, it doesn’t hurt to assess whether you’re doing enough to ensure you’re the type of worker your employer would go the distance to retain. However,

    This doesn’t mean you suddenly have to double your workload, try to lead every project or work longer hours than all of your colleagues.

    There are many ways you can increase your value to an employer — without completely upturning your own routine or stepping on others’ toes.

    According a great philosopher Jim Rohn talking about this topic. He describes it as easy with the following Phrase:

    We Get Paid For Bringing Value To The Marketplace. It takes time to bring value to the marketplace, but we get paid for the value, not the time.

    This principle goes against the mold of what schools teach, how most of us are raised and what media portrays to society. If you understand this powerful philosophy and implement it into your life, you will develop a substantial advantage over those who don’t.

    It totally makes sense doesn’t it?  And that’s why wealthy and abundant people get paid so much, and the good news is that it has become an equal playing field.  Today as information is accessible and free almost everywhere, it’s really up to each individual to decide how valuable we want to become, and how much we want to “give back”.  We will then get paid for the value each of us bring to the marketplace.  Pretty simple huh?

    People often blame the economy, their job or the government for their lack of income  but don’t do much to improve their value or skills. The harsh reality we all must understand is you will always be paid exactly what you are worth, or expect you are worthy of.

    If somebody is making minimum wage, that’s the value they’re bringing to the market place. Why does somebody make $500 an hour while many others make $15 an hour? It’s quite simple. One has become more valuable to the marketplace than the others.

    When you’re more valuable to the marketplace, you make more money. As an entrepreneur, you must consistently find ways to become more valuable. The quicker you understand this the quicker you can advance in our fast paced economy.

    The major problem

    Time on a job, years at a specific occupation, does not increase the inherent value of the job being done or, in many cases after the first few years, the value of the employee, either.

    You often hear people say “I have 20 years of experience, I should get paid more.” If, in actuality, that person has one year of experience repeated 20 times, why would they expect more money? They aren’t becoming more valuable unless they’re sharpening their skills, learning better tools and constantly trying to better themselves.

    Value guarantees a higher income, age DOESN’T.

    You don’t get more valuable hanging around for years. Age isn’t value. People who want more money earn it by delivering more value to their business and customers. As entrepreneurs, we have the ability to create much more income as long as we understand this.

    Your life is formed by the perspectives and philosophies you adapt, and changing your perspective can create an immediate shift in your life and business. To succeed as an Entrepreneur you must constantly look for ways to sharpen your perspective..

    What to focus on. 

    “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.”  Jim Rohn

    You don’t need to go to work on the economy, you don’t need to change your company, the government, your boss or your circumstances.

    You need to go to work on yourself.

    When you change, everything changes for you. You’re the constant. If you change companies, tactics, strategies or mentors, you’re still the constant.

    Strive to become a better person. Instead of comparing yourself to others, differentiate. The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

    How do you bring ‘value’ to the marketplace? 

    By becoming better at everything you do. You will quickly advance in the game of economics when you consistently build your character, skills and value to others.

    Make growth a part of your daily agenda. Do something that increases the value you bring to your business, your work, your clients or customers.  it’s not very complicated to change your current income level. You simply need to offer more value to the marketplace.

    Here are places where you will reliably find opportunities to increase your value and stand out against your competition.

    Expertise. Study your industry, learn from your competitors.

    Productivity. What and how much you get done

    Efficiency. How you get done what you get done.

    Organization/multiplication. How you get things done by means other than manual labor.

    Influence. What you can persuade others to get done.

    Celebrity status. How well you are known by your target audience.

    Reputation. What others know and think about you.

    Vision. What you see that others don’t.

    Personality. How you treat others and how well you connect.

    Attitude. Your attitude towards yourself and towards others.

    Awareness. Knowing your strengths and what you’re the best at.

    Masterminding. Surrounding yourself with those you can learn from.

    There are no limits to your success as an entrepreneur when you commit to growing to a higher level. This is the greatest time in human history for those who make the decision not to tolerate mediocrity, and take 100 percent responsibility for their economic well being. Commit to becoming more valuable. You are always in control of your economy regardless of your outside circumstances.

    Here are some ideas for work improvement:

    1. Improve your ‘soft’ skills.
    2. Update technical skills and qualifications.
    3. Find ways to increase productivity.

    Improve your ‘soft’ skills.

    • effective communication skills (49%)
    • strong interpersonal skills (36%)
    • and leadership (36%)

    are the most valuable skills in today’s business environment.

    Strategies for growing your abilities include taking a public speaking course and volunteering to take the lead on an important project.

     

    Update technical skills and qualifications.

    You obviously met your employer’s criteria when you were hired, but would that be true if you applied for your job now?

    Look at current job postings to find out what companies look for today.

    Use your professional network to find out what skills and qualifications your peers with similar responsibilities have.

    Professional associations are also useful resources for staying apprised of industry trends and providing access to learning opportunities and improve your overall productivity.

    Find ways to increase productivity (efficiencies).

     Improving your productivity is an important contribution to any business.

    Don’t hesitate to suggest a different way of doing things if you sense it will lead to positive returns. For instance, have you thought of a way to streamline the monthly reporting process? Do you think the firm could benefit by engaging temporary staff on certain projects? Do you know of a cloud solution for sharing large files that could save time and reduce the burden on IT resources?

    Help others enhance their value.

    One way leading employers retain their best talent is by offering mentoring and learning opportunities. If you’re a seasoned professional, offer to

    take an up-and-coming colleague under your wing.

    If you recently attended a professional conference or completed a relevant educational course, ask your boss if you could formally share the knowledge you gained with your colleagues.

     

    As you may be aware

    There’s no guarantee an employer will always require your skills or abilities — or even the position you now hold. Businesses, and economic factors, are always changing. However, there’s much you can do to make yourself the type of employee a company would regret having to let go.

    If your boss doesn’t see the improvement many other will, so never stop increasing your value. new opportunities arises. If you don’t get a raise, don’t worry others are willing the pay the value you offer. And if you still think that is not enough , you might consider starting up on your own.

    Go for it, increase your value, educate yourself.