In exploring the world of web development…well I should really say day dreaming in the idea of being a web developer, I have noticed something that is unfortunate. It seems to me that there are a bunch of extremely talented people in the web development space these days. Super creative types that can create things, beautiful things, things that I can only dream of creating, things that are so great, so simple and so powerful. The problem is that these things are in one of two categories, either they are a) only used by the people of the web development world or b) they are going after the masses and they are competing with everyone and their brother. Wheres the niche? Why not the niche?
A company I admire, 37signals, says they sell to the fortune 5 Million, and to be honest that’s were most the world lives. The problem lies in that these super creatives I was talking about have not spent time in the fortune 5 million and have no idea that there are problems to be solved, at least 5 million of them! They either started right into the the web development world or they transitioned pretty quickly and have not understood a market enough to identify the needs. I believe there is an enormous need to pair up these creatives with the problems that exist. I see some people solving these issues but I believe the potential is staggering.web development business
Why are we paid for our time? This is something that has been on my mind lately and something I feel I don’t hear people talk about enough.
I am currently employed at a job where I am paid for my time; I am expected to be at my job for certain hours and do the tasks before me in a timely manner and in turn I am compensated for my time, not directly for what I produce. Well sure the quality of my work guarantees my future employment and gives me job security and possibly the opportunity to move up but it is not directly correlated. Why is that? When did this trend start? What are the implications of such a system?
I am referring of course the the implications as opposed to a system where I am paid for what I produce. Maybe it has been my dealings in the RV industry lately where the workers on the line are paid per unit that ships out the door. And you wouldn’t believe how quickly these guys run around to build a unit. And maybe thats a bad thing….
what do you think?
I personally like the idea of working for what I produce. I feel that it motivates me to work quickly but also to work in such a way to produce a quality product that affords me the ability to perhaps increase the price of said product. I feel it puts more control in my own hands, not to mention freedom. I think the opposite system can be advantageous when you are not required to work hard and you can be paid the same, however I feel this does a disservice your own sense of desire to create and be proud of your work. Where is the motivation to do better if the paid is the same? Sure the promotion and moving up the ladder is there but that is at the mercy of your superiors and that holds a slew of biases and the like. For me it comes down to freedom and being in control of your own path. I like that.business self improvement
First post on the new site running expressionengine. This blog will be a continual work in progress and I would appreciate it if you would bring any errors to my attention.