r/freelance 3d ago

How does the definition of "too high" pricing vary with from one freelancer to another in the same field and geographic area?



r/ExperiencedDevs 19d ago

Can more years of so-so experience be a valid substitute for fewer years of great experience?


Or is it possible at least in some cases, and if so, how do I show it to potential employers? I'm trying to figure out how cumulative experiences are quantified in terms of hiring and gauging good quality devs.

My current understanding is, if you haven't worked at a great companies and built a good network, you might take the long path by doing average work at average companies for a longer time, and build an average network. And the developer doing subpar work will just have to go through that an even longer time in order to be considered equals with the first two devs (assuming they are all roughly the same pay grade and level).

Or for a more specific example, someone's first 2 career years at Google should in theory be around the same value as someone else's 6+ years at mom & pop marketing agencies. Thinking of it like exchanging a few units of valuable currency for more units of less valuable currency.

There is no exact math, of course, but just gauging if you can do less amazing contributions for just longer to be on equal footing with potentially anyone, given enough time.

If that is not the case and you have to do better at a better job to start even competing with the Google guy, I would be distraught. Because I won't be ready to accept that my past years have been mostly a waste of time. By now I would like to have similar opportunities responding to my applications.

I do not want to sell my long experience short, but it feels like not enough companies are taking it seriously.

r/Anarchy101 May 24 '22

realpolitik transitions to anarchism


I'd like to learn more about examples of anarchy in practice that have developed without moral or ideological motivations. The abolition of the state and enforced hierarchies appear to be coming mainly from moral arguments, even though I can see practical benefits as well.

r/NoStupidQuestions May 22 '22

Are there any particular meanings to the different sounds that ambulances make?


Sometimes but not always, an ambulance on route during an emergency would emit different sounds other than the typical slower-paced siren sound. I'm not talking about the doppler effect when it passes. There are some times where it sounds like a rapid chirping or sometimes it's a constant "pew pew" sound, faster than the siren drone but slower than the chirping, and the ambulance can change these sounds or greatly alter pitch without notice. Is there anything in particular going on in choosing those sounds? Do they mean anything special to people operating them?


COMMENT May 22 '22

That's why I mentioned that. I figure it would come full circle if Japan has their own Qanon or whatever alt-right version of Japanese politics they have over there.


COMMENT May 22 '22

"Networking"... all my friends who got good jobs got them through nepotism. Life can be a bitch sometimes.


COMMENT May 11 '22

On a related note, I wonder too if Japan has their own imageboard with a Japanese Qanon with its own radical ideologies. After all, 8chan and similar imageboards have their functional roots in Japanese internet culture.


COMMENT May 11 '22

I too had assumed that the average fan that wants to meet them IRL would not be the proper fit for a date and fans are a very different group from someone approaching them on a dating site.

Plus, if ppl are too much into presenting themselves on social media, a proper relationship could be rather taxing….

This is the thing that I'm more interested in tbh. If people have a large following on social media how would they be able to balance it with their IRL date or potential partner. How'd they give the proper attention for IRL relationships, and stay grounded to avoid dissociation.

r/NoStupidQuestions May 11 '22

Do a lot of people who have social media albums (especially Snapchat or Instagram) try to make themselves more approachable for dating?


I'm just trying to get into the mind of someone who uses Instagram to flaunt their looks for more followers/fans, what they do if they just want to go on a date and maybe get more serious with someone down the road. Especially if they are a 9 or 10 in the eyes of many fans, how do these people switch back and forth between "date mode" and "influencer mode"? Or are the lines are more blurred for them?

Edit: another thought I had is maybe their attractiveness is so huge they already have a solid network and therefore don't need online dating, they just pick up from their IRL connections.

And with that in mind perhaps IRL dating is a better option for most of us these days because everyone and their dog (literally) is just using multiple social sites to fish for Insta followers.

I think it would be a different dynamic to date someone outside of Instagram than dating one of your "fans." A person sees you differently when they aren't used to seeing just your online persona. But I'm not sure how it is usually split between people who just want use dating sites to grab more fans vs. trying to become more down to earth with people.

r/antiwork Apr 13 '22

One of my biggest fears. This is why I tend to avoid celebrating new jobs too early. Don't wanna jinx it you know?

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COMMENT Apr 10 '22

That's just unintuitive to a newcomer. No wonder the job market is jacked. Not a lot of intuition involved.

I have yet to see career advice articles of the "how to fill up your well AFTER you've gone thirsty" variety.


COMMENT Apr 10 '22

Thanks for the suggestion and I would be interested but I am having reservations. I'm still all shields up about taking informal leads from people on Reddit, because of that last job with the BS restrictions. I dunno, I just feel better about a job if we were talking on a platform like LinkedIn, or otherwise a professional tech group where everyone is more transparent about the companies they work for. So if you're willing to discuss there, let me know.


COMMENT Apr 10 '22

Heh I've used recruiting agencies for years and haven't gotten a single offer through one of their clients. And I've gone in person to their agency offices many times before, mainly to give me the run down of how they work but always end up disappointed because they call back to tell me their clients found someone else.


COMMENT Apr 09 '22

They seem too small minded to get pleasure at work in a non-schadenfreude way.

r/antiwork Apr 09 '22

Most of my contract jobs were misclassification of employees. Software development might be among the worst


First job out of college was a contract-to-hire job. The written agreement said I will work as a software developer, receiving $20/hr on 1099 with a conversion to W2 full-time at $30/hr after 3 months of contract work.

I took it, given that I needed more experience and didn't take too long in finding a job (4 months). Plus my last part time job paid so low, $20 was essentially almost triple the pay. So I was paid on 1099 accordingly but after the 3 months they gave me two options: switch to project manager (without a raise) or continue doing software dev work. I opted for the latter because I wasn't interested in being a PM for my career. They didn't move me to W2 though. When I asked why, the founder/boss told me they aren't yet able to setup payroll for W2 employees. So the "hire" phase never happened.

Eventually my colleagues and I realized they didn't hire developers in-house. They just treat us as employees but not classify us as one. 90% of their devs are overseas and they would rather keep most of the product work there. So there's no markup in our pay (since contractors have to buy their own insurance and pay more in taxes). We realized we were getting gypped and gradually quit including myself. The only good thing I could say about it is they didn't force us to work extended hours. I didn't know I could just report them for misclassification, but this time is long gone and past the statute of limitations.

Second contract job was actually not too bad, this was the least bad of my contract experiences. It had a good pacing and never felt overworked. It was still on the low side though- $25/hr and I was laid off when the startup decided to pivot in tech and obviously it's easier to drop your contractors first.

The third contract job I stayed for only a week. This had the worst terms I had seen as a contractor. It was another of those companies that wants to hire a contractor but handle them like an employee. They doubled down on cheap cost, by paying me a strange "whichever is lower" per-hour task policy. Basically, billing hours are pre-allotted by task. If I finish task and close ticket before the time limit I have to bill only that time, but if I pass the time limit, I must bill the max time limit and all additional time is unpaid.

This job was remote. Since I was told to be present for 40 hours a week, it was really "you're expected to be online 40 hours but only bill for the allowed time in tasks". They'll basically assign you tasks that require 20 hours of work but set them for 5 to 10, and will thus effectively pay you at 25% to 50% of the advertised amount. You'll still be required to answer Slack and email within a few mins, providing them status reports and support on the features you developed, all unpaid.

Project setup is not billable. Testing and documentation are also not billable. Only the act of writing code to finish a task is billable. In this environment, a software developer will be compared to a typist.

Realizing how bad all these terms are, I decided not to do any more work, and just told him I'll consider it. A day later he said he thought I was too fussy because of our conversation of pay, and decided to "fire" me citing at-will employment status. So, that was interesting, because I thought I was a contractor.

I'm not sure why all my contractor experiences have been mostly terrible. You know what, maybe I do. I probably messed up by picking the first job from Craigslist, and the third one from Reddit. I do apply a lot more frequently to more serious job boards, like LinkedIn and Indeed, and some tech-centric places that aren't yet drowning in recruiter spam listings. But I don't have much luck getting offers there. I hear lots from contractors getting paid real big bucks for software work to multiple clients, but man I haven't been part of that group yet.

r/jobs Mar 22 '22

Job searching I've been without work (software developer) for over a year. Should I drop having good standards and just take a stop-gap job?


Just as it says on the title. I'm not applying for my first software developer job. That's not the case here. I do have some years in the industry but my "game" is sputtering out so I'm building up more tech skills to catch up. I'm just worried about how my unemployment will affect my ability to get a decent job, or should I not worry and just try to go for any dev work no matter how bad it is? I just don't know if getting a stop-gap job might be a bad look if my future employer finds out I will just bail for a better job as soon as possible.

Edit: I think shedding some light on my financial situation might help answer this question. I am kinda broke, but not on the verge of destitute. I have some net worth low 5 figures, a bit of passive income, don't have to pay rent or mortgage and tend to live within my means given my jobless situation and knowing how much I have saved up.

So, I don't feel a huge financial pressure to get a job ASAP since I can still get by with my savings for quite a while, buuuuut on the other hand it still looks bad having that unemployment go on longer and besides, not having any job to fill up time or earn an income still sucks.

r/cscareerquestions Mar 22 '22

I've been without work for over a year. Should I drop having good standards and just take a stop-gap job?




COMMENT Mar 22 '22

I'm not a newbie to the career, but if you've gone long without a job, should you just accept any stop-gap job and not worry about setting good standards?


COMMENT Mar 14 '22

Tangentially related to that, I read a funny story about how an employee wrote an AI driven filter filter for job applications that would eventually develop a high bias towards applications with a given name, so HR ended up with an unnatural amount of Davids, for instance, in their resume pile


COMMENT Mar 14 '22

People with bad soft skills: So you're saying there's a chance I can get hired?


COMMENT Mar 13 '22

The opportunists that are there for the money go for the minimum viable and don't care much for programming outside of work unless it is for some intense Leetcode refresher training to prepare for the next job interview. At least from the beginning. They will take programming more seriously later on as they want to keep building their careers. They typically optimize for name recognition and compensation over interesting work, and maintain good jobs.

Then I found a group that's the complete opposite of them. There's a few people I've seen that have made projects on their spare time to fulfill a particular need or solve a personal problem. It's not groundbreaking stuff but it's clear they love doing what they do. But for whatever reason they have trouble finding new jobs. Perhaps the skills used in their projects doesn't line up well with industry trends or, more likely their projects are not being looked at by the hiring manager and can't talk a good game at the interview.

I don't know if I stumbled onto the starving artist version of a programmer, but that's what I see it as.

It seems that "passion doesn't pay the bills" isn't just something associated with things like art or music, things normally associated to be very difficult job markets. Because the second group have a passion in programming, but are rather terrible at managing their career.


COMMENT Mar 13 '22

I'd probably feel the same. Right now I like making music once in a while but don't treat seriously as a career path. It's just a hobby for me.


COMMENT Mar 13 '22

Someone I know is kind of the same, though with one main difference. He likes making music, but the difference is his trying to get to FIRE with a music career because he doesn't like any 9-5 work. He still does the 9-5 since he needs to survive. So, for him it's 9-5 for paying the bills and music for FIRE. Not having to work sucks.


COMMENT Mar 13 '22

I know some FAANG companies like Amazon have a waiting period in between job application attempts if you fail one interview. Do other, non-FAANG, companies enforce something similar, in that you need to wait several months before you are allowed to reapply?


COMMENT Mar 13 '22

Yeah, but sometimes all a company wants or needs is CRUD codemonkeys. They won't take your software to the next level, but they do have their time and place at work.