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Hey Scott,

I totally understand your perspective. However, this is Hacker News. It's all about the community and helping other hackers out. To be honest, there is such a huge sea of work out there, I would be happy if others would take some of it on.

I have to reject a few contracts a week due to the volume that seems to be coming in. Also, you might not have guessed it, but posts like this help bring me more work than anything else.

I would definitely worry about what you are saying if mobile development was a race to the bottom and only about getting the cheapest price. Then I would be screwed. However, if you hone your skills and are at the top of your game, you should never have issues competing for contracts.

Cheers!




To be honest, there is such a huge sea of work out there, I would be happy if others would take some of it on... However, if you hone your skills and are at the top of your game, you should never have issues competing for contracts.

Life is long, Brandon. What's "hot" today might not be so hot tomorrow. Teaching an army of followers to do things the same way you do is just a race to the bottom (of the hourly/project rate variety certainly). The more you train, the faster you will find it harder to find work. The faster you train them, the sooner it is that someone else's rates will be played against yours in a bidding war. It's not rocket science we're talking about here; there is no debate about whether this will or won't happen. I think market economics are such that, if you/others cause the bottom end to drop (in price due to more competition), that the top end will drop correspondingly.

I always chuckle a bit about this and think, "Is this the sort of thing Sun Tzu advocated in The Art of War?" I can imagine a five-star general posting his "Here's our strategy in detail" on a public forum haha.

Jacques Matthiej has my favorite post on this topic: http://jacquesmattheij.com/So+you+are+making+good+money+now+...

Here's a tip: if you ever want to get downvoted, post that link. All the copycats at HN hate it when someone posts it. They want everyone telling them what/how to "be successful" rather than them having to actually work at it.




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