Just heard from a friend that a client looking for a “Joomla Expert” hung up on them after hearing their rates. Apparently some people still think that just because they can go and download a free copy of Joomla, Drupal, or WordPress that means any service provided in that domain should be cheap or free as well.
Reality is that Free in open source mostly refers to freedom to read and change the code to make it suit your project goals.
The benefits for the client are
- a custom developed software which tends to be more modular, secure, and isn’t going to leave their business at the mercy of proprietary software vendors.
- most of client’s money is invested in custom development for their own good and not wasted on software licensing fees
Many “Joomla experts” are Software Architects, Web Developers, Programmers, and web designers who have learned all the ins and outs of this great content management framework, and when they take on a project, they charge their fees according to the going market rate for their expertise.
Software Architecture or Web Development firms incorporate the operation cost, fees for multiple people assigned to a project, and the expected profit into one hourly fee. This fee cannot be compared to the hourly fee of a full time individual employee in a company or a freelancer.
In fact this is how these firms make their profit, which is providing custom solutions and consulting services. The fact that many people volunteer their time to participate in an open source project, doesn’t mean that they can be exploited or hired for next to nothing fees.
So please Don’t mistake free license software with free beer!
[tags]opensource, developer, business, consulting, fees, cost, operation[/tags]