How to put a price on me?

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Correct price of services that would satisfy a client and a service provider is often a big problem for many people. Especially those just starting out in a business. This could apply to plenty of employment forms either it’s a contract or a regular employment agreement.

There are many factors to consider. In reality very small amount of professionals charge a client with a “market price” – whatever market could mean. It’s also a very rare situation where every client just gets exactly the same quotation as everybody else. Actually, it happens that for exactly the same services and the same client – price is quite different over time!

So is there an algorithm or a set of simple instructions on determining the exact price of the hour of my life?

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Why I have clients not employers?

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Ah, business world!

Not many words are out there causing so much reluctance in IT as business, marketing or sales. Especially causing it in people at the beginning of the road in software development. Nothing weird about it, those are not easy subjects! Specifically for us – technical people in love with numbers or documentations. Some say you either adore or you hate the business world.

And I ask why not just deal with it? Why all the emotions come along?

Among the people having between 0 – 5 years of commercial experience I usually meet two kinds of programmers. Employees and freelancers. The most basic distinction between them is the conflict on the line of security – freedom. Having to deal with any of the real business world properties (no, talking to ‘business people’ doesn’t count) is usually connected with the second one. Both sides present valid points and I can agree with most of them.

But who said we don’t get to have security along with freedom?

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What is wrong with the world?

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Would you agree with a statement that something is pretty weird in our IT world lately?

HRs tell me that my job will be all about fun and self-development, my project manager tells me my job is to write code and my client wants me to fix the styles in the corporate newsletter.

Even if those contradictory expectations are clearly stated to me and I do everything in my power to fulfill them, probably nobody see or appreciate it.

Why?

Because the real expectations are hidden between words and gestures. So, what our job actually is about?

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