Excellent suggestion, Patrick! Thank you for your positive thinking, Suzanne > Then why not find other freelancers/what have you who complement your > skills? You don't ask a carpenter to build the whole house by himself. > > patrick sanders > http://www.stoutstreet.com > web sites that fit > > > Joel D Canfield wrote: >>>Do we of the high wage countries have a future in this field? And if >>>so, what will it look like? >> >> >> I've also given this quite a bit of thought, which is why I'm getting >> a realtor's license. I'll take we and database work if it comes along, >> but I don't have the time to get and maintain cutting edge skills, and >> that's where the future of web dev is, in 'high wage' countries. >> >> I suspect beginners will always be able to sucker someone into a >> $49.95 site, and there will be a certain amount of work for folks at >> my skill levels, but not enough to live indoors and eat regularly. The >> freelancers will fall more and more into very specialized categories. >> How can a generalist compete with a specialist? A PHP expert can >> always do the job faster, cheaper, and probably better than I. Someone >> who works with shopping carts every day can certainly outperform >> someone who only does it occasionally. >> >> We've had quite a few discussions on this list about encouraging >> prospects and clients to demand the best, in order to improve the >> general quality of the web. Once the average web client knows the >> difference between bad design and good design, it's a small step to >> appreciating the difference between good design and great design. >> >> I really love web and database work, but in the last year, I've >> realized I don't have the time to develop *great* design skills, and I >> don't want to spend the rest of my life struggling with mediocrity. As >> is common in economic circles, web dev will polarize into inexpensive, >> badly designed sites, and expensive, well-designed sites. >> >> Perhaps if I could decide on a single thing to become an expert in, I >> could still see myself in the picture. >> >> joel > -- > * * Please support the community that supports you. * * > http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ > > For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester > and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org > Workers of the Web, evolt !