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I've really caught the freelance bug, but I have a question about earning potential for developers. I did some research on yearly pay for developers. I saw a few articles saying that the US average for freelance developers is about $5k per month. That comes out to $60k per year. That might be great for some junior developers, but I make close to 6 figures working for companies and for contracting. Although the benefits of freelancing are very enticing, I would have a hard time taking such a pay cut. (I'm not bragging - Most seasoned fulltime and contract developers make this much and more.) I definitely don't plan on quitting my day job until my freelance business is mature. However, I just want to know whether or not it's realistic to expect to eventually make 6 figures as a freelance developer. Please don't mention hourly rates, because, as I understand it, those depend on how long it takes you to finish your fixed-rate projects. When all is said and done, what's the upper end that one can realistically expect to make by the end of the year? I'm just wondering if this path is worth taking. Thanks in advance!
Hi.. Looking to get a website built soon, found a developer I am happy with, but he is using Shopify to build it on.. I know a little about how it all works, I am no clueless plumber or mechanic who needs a website building.. To my knowledge he is basically just getting a theme and placing it over an alreadyt built framework, drag n drop, the apparently hardest part is incorporating a price break structure, so the more you buy the more the price comes down, but he has even shown me the drag n drop tool that does this. For a fully functioning website that is ready to go he saif £500. A lot of moeny, maybe not for some websites but yes to me a lot. A part of me just wants to pay it and get it moving, but it seems like a lot of money for what may just be a days work, he has said 2 days but I am unsure with what he has proposed would take 2 days? I know that I need to prove I have a business model before spending so much on a site. And maybe I am better off hashing together a site and then when I know I have an income to then splash the cash. It is a business to business website, though possibly be used to sell on a retail level. Any ideas on this be great to hear. Thanks.