[thelist] Financial Situation

UIT DEV UITDEV at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 13:34:32 CST 2008

Absolutely not.  My worth to a client is the same no matter what the
"economic situation".

Those who do, who will, or who agree - you have to ask yourself this
question:  Would you INCREASE your rates in times of prosperity?   If so,
isnt that gouging?    I havent seen electricians, plumbers, home
renovation/repair workers, lawyers or doctors lower their rates yet.

I take my cue from those professionals.  I will never lower my rates.  If my
client wants lower rates then they can go elsewhere - outsource to India if
they want.  And they run the risk of others who have done so -- the quality
of the work suffers tremendously.   If I have to match those outsourced
rates then I may as well work at Target or Home Depot  and *not* have the
level of responsibility that a software developer has.

Sorry.  Anyone who lowers rates is perpetuating a problem within the
software developer profession where we already give too much advice and work
away for nothing as it is!

My two cents.

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 14:40, Fred Jones <fredthejonester at gmail.com> wrote:

> Is anyone else considering lowering their hourly rate to get new
> clients due to the financial situation in the US? I have been trying
> for 2 weeks to get new work (I'm not 100% out of work yet, but I sure
> want to get more *before* then) and the response has been very very
> slow. Two small jobs I did, but nothing big.
> I am asking a bit more than what I'm used to. Now I think I should ask
> at least what I usually get or even less. I hear that layoffs are
> common all over the place and people are struggling. I don't read the
> news much (OK, not at all) so I'm wondering if this situation is
> affecting people like us also.
> F
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