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Re: typical contractor rates / outsourcing

by Limbic~Region (Chancellor)
on Jul 22, 2008 at 13:10 UTC ( #699303=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to typical contractor rates / outsourcing


While I have never been employed as a programmer, I recently started doing freelance work. My reasoning was as follows:

  • It is 2AM and my wife is annoyed I am still on the computer.
  • Explanation 1: Someone posted a really interesting problem on PerlMonks.
  • Explanation 2: Someone is willing to pay me what I would have done for free if they had posted to PerlMonks.
One explanation will land me in the dog house while the other will result in my wife going shopping. Seems like a no brainer.

My rates are typically $35/hr for non-profit and $50/hr for corporate. I also offer flat fee rates per project which result in lower cost to the client but with the restriction that I work on my own time table. I typically don't take anything requiring more than 20 hours a week because I work full time. Everything is flexible for me because I don't need to do this.

I get a steady trickle of jobs despite not advertising. The clients don't complain about my rates and are happy enough to come back later.

Ok, so how does all this relate to your post? I would say that at least 60% of the jobs I get is to clean up after a $10/hr freelancer that made a mess and didn't finish the job.

Cheers - L~R

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Re^2: typical contractor rates / outsourcing
by amarquis (Curate) on Jul 22, 2008 at 13:17 UTC

    When I was 16-17, I was that $12/hr freelancer, and damned if I did not write terrible code. I honestly feel badly for the more experienced programmers who eventually encountered it.

    You do, in fact, get what you pay for in many instances.

Re^2: typical contractor rates / outsourcing
by MidLifeXis (Monsignor) on Jul 22, 2008 at 16:59 UTC

    I need to respond to this one.


    You stated what you do for what rates without casting generalizations and aspersions. Not that I am denouncing other posts on this thread, but this is by far the most positive note on this thread (imo).

    Oh, and that is typical of you. I always enjoy reading your posts. :-)


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