How Much Dollars Is Your Time WorthMake Money Online | September 19th, 2007 | 3 Comments
This post is mainly aiming the programmers and web designers rather than bloggers (even tho it has a lot to do with bloggers as well). The question to all your web designers and programmers is How much dollars is your time worth ?
I was seriously thinking about running a xHTML/CSS slicing (coding) service that would aim to design companies that need to outsource coders in order to finish as much projects as possible. Indeed it is a great idea, and it works..it does, doesn’t it? After the birth of this idea and a research of the market a new question was born without even thinking about it actually much. How much is your time worth ?
All designers and programmers are facing this question day after day. The low rates that coders and designers from India, Romania and other less developed countries charge. These low rates can be found on webmaster forums mainly, while the market research that I made from search engines (direct to designers and coders portfolio website) the prices already seem much more reasonable (to me, to someone it might sound expensive).
What happens to someone that needs to build a portfolio but doesn’t want to waste his time by doing work for free or simply doesn’t want to sell himself dirt cheap?
- Sell himself dirt cheap
- Invest your time and work for free
Since these extremely low prices exist it means that the market has a need of it, but not everyone is trustworthy with web designers or programmers that charge cheap for their work. Hence selling your self for dirt cheap might have you risk your credibility into other people that are reading the thread.
Option two would be to waste (or invest, depends on your point of view) your time and offer couple works for free just to build a portfolio. But always when you offer your self for free don’t make it be actually free, ask the guy to give an opinion about your service and the work you did provide to him/her, if possible ask to leave a backlink to your service’s website in the footer (I know, it might not be ethical but you are in the early stages).
By the way, if you are a web designer or a programmer, share with us your experience how did you build up a portfolio, it might turn of a great use to many of our readers, after all, it takes part of the internet marketing for webmasters, for those that do actually build sites for others.