We’re trying to build an exterior detached garage at my house right now.

When we met with the designer he said, “What do you want with this?”

“Well, we want this much space. We want *this thing*. We want *that thing*…but we don’t really know.”

And he said, “Well, what are your needs?”

“Well, I don’t NEED any of this. I don’t need this particular thing in it. I don’t NEED the garage at all. I don’t know. Life changes.

And he said “NEED. Isn’t that a funny word? What do we need?”

So I got an email the other day from Jared H. who gave me a bunch of questions that he asks when determining salary for a potential team member that involves their “need”.

What’s the bare minimum you need to survive and pay the bills each month?

Most people don’t want to be in survival mode and want to have some extra for doing fun things and going out to eat and such, what is that number for you each month?

Do you own a house or rent? Do you travel? What kind of hobbies do you have and do you feel like you are able to spend money on those hobbies?

Might be interesting to look at asking your OFS what they need each month and what they want each month towards determining salary. This applies to current and future hires.

Let me know if you come up with anything interesting.
I’ve done this a few times over the years and found wildly different answers from different people.