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"Don't take this the wrong way, Keith, but that logic is flawed. To
accept a poverty wage just because you need work makes it difficult
for the entire industry to remain competitive. Employers will ask why
bother hiring a contractor at $40-100/hour when they can hire
experienced people for $20/hour?"
While I understand Mr Chung's thought process, I do not agree with it.
The OP needs income to maintain his life -- many of us have been there. I would suggest that he (the OP) negotiate a better rate, taking into account all the expenses noted in the many posts in this thread. Doubling what he called the "hourly rate" would be a good ballpark in which to start.
While I think we all owe ourselves, our clients, and our profession the best work we can deliver, suggesting that we are responsible to each other for the maintenance of a specific compensation level is, in my opinion, mistaken.
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