[thelist] show of hands...

John Corry webshot at members.evolt.org
Thu May 9 20:02:01 CDT 2002

> > However, if you do specialise, you stand a *way* better chance of
> > getting subcontracting work and/or getting onto *really*
> big gigs with
> > daily rates you'll love.
> I wasn't intending to disparage specialists or the rates they
> earn, when I made my original comment... my sole intent was
> to suggest the benefits of generalization.
> Of course, it's not for everybody.

Thanks Ben, I really appreciated it...

I try to get off-site subcontracting work all the time, never goes
anywhere. If you were looking for a programmer, why would you hire a
graphic designer/information architect. Or vice-versa?

It seems like the only real job I can successfully do (or shit, even
qualify for) is 'web swiss army knife'. I can do a whole lot of tasks in
web development, but inherent to that broad a skillset is the reality
that I'm not an expert at anything. S'ok with me...and I've yet to work
for client who actually needed an 'expert' (or would be willing to pay
expert rates), but sometimes I get sad thinking about how half-ass I am
at everything I do...lol, that's just a mindf*ck though :)

One interesting thing that's' kind of relevant to this topic that I
experience recently:
Web teams need to be either really small or really large to be
profitable. One generalist can make money. 10 (?) specialists can make
money. A team of 2-3 generalists is useless, too much time is wasted
communicating and keeping everyone up to speed. Dunno' that's how it
worked for me, YMMV.

John Corry
Neon Cowboy Design
mail : john at neoncowboy.com
phone : 808.572.8494

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