A tricky topic that most people don’t want to talk about: rates. It can be a personal and touchy topic for even high-end and veteran developers, as if they were going to be judged based on it. The byproduct of this is that rates often go undiscussed by pros in public, leading to newer folks in the field to have nothing to base their business on. I’m quite public about the fact that I cost $1,500 USD a day to work on a project. If you think that’s absurd and I’m robbing people and that no one would ever pay that, you have a right to your opinion, but it is what it is and I get work! But how did I get here? I didn’t wake up with that rate. And a better question: how can you raise your rate and make more doing your work? Let’s dive in.