My business is changing. I used to ask Mexican wages for my work (if you live in a border state, you know what I’m talking about) but that was just to get some work, any work. Now (for the moment at least) I have enough clients that if I take any new ones, they will need to pay me quite well. They will also have to live quite close to my other customers. Time is money so I can’t be spending any more precious work minutes (or gas) running all over town for a few measly bucks.
I’m not mad at my current clients for not paying me a lot. They got a heck of a deal, good for them. It’s just that now I am in a position to step it up a notch. A friend of mine thinks I should up my rates for current clients. I don’t think I’m ready to do that just yet but if gas and food prices go up more, it may happen.
I do think you have to be careful with these things as you can overprice your services and lose business. I don’t want to lose business unless I have something better to replace it with.
I should have something better next year. I am training myself for the next level where I will probably make twice or more per hour than I am making now.