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    Wow freelancers sure aren't appreciated

    Seems like everyone these days doesn't think most freelancers are worth it. People are asking for $5 an article, $10 a website (freelance designers), or as low as $2 for a custom-shot photo.

    Most of the time they DO get the job done for $2 or $5, but they end up with a crummy job, then complain about how poor the freelance industry is.

    Beh.

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    Not just with designer freelancers, it happens everywhere!
    In general… you get what you pay for. With web development and marketing salaries rising every year, there is ample temptation to take the low road and get a web site up and running as quick as possible at the bottom dollar bid. The client with vision will avoid this pitfall and take the time to carefully plan the project as they would with any marketing campaign.

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    If you're a freelancer doing quality work, the answer is simple. Stick to your guns with your prices. If your quality matches your price, and you put yourself out there, you will still get plenty of work.

    Aaron

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    You're talking about online stuff. There's always the local market to target.

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    I am currently rating experiences in my life on a scale from 1-10. So far, I've come up with this list:

    Making out in the moonlight: 9
    Eating strawberries: 8
    Drinking coffee while petting a kitten: 7.8
    Being stung by bee: 4
    Breaking up with the girl you made out in the moonlight with: 3
    Sandpapering your own face: 2
    Competing on price in any marketplace: -46
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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Johansson
    Being stung by bee: 4
    Thats pretty high..... I hate bees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Johansson
    I am currently rating experiences in my life on a scale from 1-10. So far, I've come up with this list:

    Making out in the moonlight: 9
    Eating strawberries: 8
    Drinking coffee while petting a kitten: 7.8
    Being stung by bee: 4
    Breaking up with the girl you made out in the moonlight with: 3
    Sandpapering your own face: 2
    Competing on price in any marketplace: -46
    Lol, heard this one before

    I'd say if the marketplace isn't working for someone, they should find one that is. There are still great opportunities around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstwntd
    Lol, heard this one before

    I'd say if the marketplace isn't working for someone, they should find one that is. There are still great opportunities around.

    In business terms where there is a fairly competitive market, it is normally the case that the firms in question will begin to compete on other areas of their product, not on price.

    If you can give your product added value, whether that is through offering complimentary products, great customer service or those added little things which make the difference. If you offer the best customer service in your market, coupled with a competitive product (in this case a website or graphic design) you can overcome price competition.

    People in general do not mind paying extra if they are confident that what they get in return will be top notch.

    My advice is this: to a certain extent you need to ignore market prices in terms of web design, because no matter what you will do the job for, someone is always going to undercut you. that is the way it works, particularly in online situations, as the market is global, and is saturated with millions of different firms competing for the same jobs.

    Price yourself where you are happy with your profit margins, and at a level which you think fairly matches the quality of the product and service you are offering.

    Yes, companies will go for the cheap option, but they will soon see that in this market, like all others, you get what you pay for - which is when they will turn to an upstanding, trustworthy professional outfit for their next web design job.

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    lol, good post mattias

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Johansson
    I am currently rating experiences in my life on a scale from 1-10. So far, I've come up with this list:

    Making out in the moonlight: 9
    Eating strawberries: 8
    Drinking coffee while petting a kitten: 7.8
    Being stung by bee: 4
    Breaking up with the girl you made out in the moonlight with: 3
    Sandpapering your own face: 2
    Competing on price in any marketplace: -46
    I think you left out what happens after you make out in the moonlight: 10.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by altyfc
    If you're a freelancer doing quality work, the answer is simple. Stick to your guns with your prices. If your quality matches your price, and you put yourself out there, you will still get plenty of work.
    I agree, as long as the quality matches the price there will always be a demand.

    I don't even think its possible to compete in terms of price, especially for small freelancers/businesses, since bigger companies can do that better. I've noticed people tend to buy from small businesses for reasons other than price.


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