### Here’s how to calculate the true cost of a software product:

**make an assumption about your hourly fee**(this is essentially what your time is worth and can include opportunity cost for lost time)**make an estimate for the total hours spent you waiting**for that software to load, to reboot etc**make an estimate for the total hours you spent trying to understand how the software works****purchase cost of the software**

**True Cost of Software**

## =** **

** (1.)*(2.) + (1.)*(3.) + (4.)**

### If (4.) is the smallest component, start looking for a new software.

##### Your time is your most valuable asset

*a big thank you to Adobe for inspiring this post.