On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM, Paul M Foster <pa...@quillandmouse.com>wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 05:47:12PM -0700, Kris Craig wrote:
> > Hi musicdev,
> > There are a couple issues I think need to be addressed with what youd
> > described. First and foremost, $20/hr is considerably below the going
> > rate for PHP work, especially for projects as large as the one you're
> > talking about.
> > I used to do freelance PHP work for about 5 years before I went to
> > work for Microsoft, and when I originally started I was just charging
> > about 20 bucks an hour as well. It proved to be a disaster. Contrary
> > to what common sense might tell you, I've found that lower-budget
> > clients always produce the most drama, are the most demanding, and
> > least reliable when it comes to paying the invoices on-time.
> > Furthermore, larger clients will generally ignore you in favor of
> > developers who charge more, the mindset being that, if you're charging
> > such a low amount, the quality of your work probably isn't that good.
> > I did a lot better after I started charging $100/hr for my work. A
> > *lot* better! This was after my research showed that PHP development
> > firms generally charge a minimum of $80/hr for PHP work, and can go as
> > high as $200/hr. So if you're going at $20/hr, the companies with
> > deep pockets probably won't take you seriously, and the clients you do
> > get will be the ones who want a ton of work done but don't have the
> > budget available to make it worth your while. Those are the clients
> > who will take advantage of you if you're not careful.
> I can't explain this phenomenon, but I've seen it before, and it's
> exactly as Kris has described.
+1 with kris :) ( from EU )