jdMorgan - 2:37 am on Feb 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
I don't think your problem is deficient technical skills or inferior artistic talent. I perceive that it's due more to lack of self-confidence. Anybody with a copy of Dreamweaver can make "artsy" Web pages. But someone like you could probably go in and cut the resulting page size down by 50% and make it serve dynamic content as well. And believe me, some of the same people who promote themselves as 'walking on water' give their clients back-end code that is laughable...
See that's what it is... A lot of these guys don't really walk on water, they just *tell* people that they do. And it's the consistently telling, and not the doing, that earns them the big bucks.
C'mon, quit taking $10 an hour for skilled work -- I mean, sure the economy's bad, but you could make that much cleaning motel rooms. And continuing to accept jobs at that rate will only perpetuate your under-estimation of your own worth. The current minimum wage in the U.S. is something like $7.25 per hour -- and that includes workers with a 4th-grade education level. I'll bet your Web sites are quite a bit more than 30% better than any that these workers could build...
Maybe re-read that best-selling business classic (disguised as a children's book) titled, "The Little Engine Who Could" -- "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..." :)