This weekend I was talking with a non-freelancer friend about how the freelance community is SO OPEN, always willing to share experience with others, help newcomers to the industry, talk about their process… but when it comes to talking about money — most clam up! Most freelancers seem a bit reluctant to discuss what they actually charge/make/quote. Why is this?
In a community that is so transparent about so much, what causes this aspect to still have a veil over it? Well I posed this question on Twitter and got some interesting ideas on the matter – share your thoughts, leave a comment below!
The job market today is competitive and freelancing is no exception! We are all working hard to build our businesses in a fledgling economy and having a competitive edge can be the difference between feast or famine. While so much of the freelance community does have an “all for one and one for all” community feel to it, we are still in the running with each other for much of the same work!
Growing up I remember my fathers telling me it was no polite to discuss money, religion or politics — does this old school adage still have a foot hold on us today? Even in the online world where there seems to be no subject off the table, perhaps deep down many of us feel there are certain things you just don’t talk about?
Price fixing is the practice of multiple businesses in an industry agreeing on a fixed price for similar items or services. It’s a practice which is highly frowned upon and in some cases even illegal. While revealing to your freelancer buddy how much you charged for your latest development job isn’t the same as conspiring to regulate prices on the whole coding community, it opens the door for that type of activity – and this makes many nervous about talking dollars and cents.