rocknbil - 4:18 am on Mar 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
These are kind of the points hinted at throughout the thread.
You're in a global marketplace now, and additionally, one of anonymity. Many of these clients don't understand the technology, but what they do understand is "lowest price."
Hit up a few of the freelance sites out there, see what a majority of $500 projects are being bid for . . . and won. You will be shocked.
You still need an edge to compete at "decent wages."