“If I do a job in 30 minutes, it’s because I spent 10 years learning how to do that in 30 minutes. You owe me for the years, not the minutes.” — Davy Greenberg
It clearly illustrates the value of being an expertise. Every profession has some invisible but crucial amount of skill-set and knowledge that its members get them over time and get a command over them by doing repetitively. Often these insights are hard-won lessons that come from having to figure out how to resolve a problem or fix a past mistake.
If the learning curve over something as basic as how to print can affect your workflow, imagine what the learning curve must be for more complex, specialized skills.
For example just imagine a situation in an office, one of your printers doesn’t work. This is quite often occurring problem and this is well known problem among your established employees and they have faced it at least once at some point in the last year or so. They changed their printer preferences so that they use a different viable machine to continue their work.
If you were to put a new hired employee into the same office with the same technology & skill set, they probably would waste at least half an hour (or more!) trying to figure out why they couldn’t print with that machine, if none of their colleagues imparted that knowledge to newly hired employee.
Web or APP Development has so many creative works and developer needs to learn so many things, has to learn things by solving some random problems and even sometimes developer has to go beyond the limits of programming approach which enhances his/her skills. And in our society many people believe that the field in which you work in is related to an activity that someone may do for a hobby only like writing, graphic design, and so on, then your skills and talent are not “work” in the traditional sense. Thus, the assumption goes on that you are not a professional with your skills who deserves to get paid professional wages.
As in any profession, the lower the fee—the lower of the quality that you can expect.
Work that you expect done for free? Yikes. Just don’t even ask. “Exposure” is not worth anybody’s time and resources. It always reminds me of the story about the woman who approached Picasso in a restaurant, asked him to scribble something on a napkin, and said she would be happy to pay whatever he felt it was worth. Picasso complied and then said, “That will be $10,000.”
“But you did that in thirty seconds,” the astonished woman replied.
“No,” Picasso said. “It has taken me forty years to do that.”
I tend to think about fair rates as a promise to a client that I respect their time as much as I want them to respect my own—they won’t have to have somebody re-do a task or service if they are willing to compensate me for my expertise.
In simple words whole story could be put in this way that true value isn’t always visible in a work process, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If you think someone’s rates are too high, you’re free to look elsewhere.
But caveat emptor.