I was talk­ing to my wife ear­li­er today and men­tioned that I haven’t worked a straight 40-hour week since we were liv­ing in Hawaii a few years ago. I men­tioned the hours I have put in this week and she replied “It’s you and day labor­ers for those kinds of hours”. Then it struck me, being a web devel­op­ment con­trac­tor I am the tech­nol­o­gy equiv­a­lent of the day labor­er.

  • I come in to do jobs that no one else wants to do, or are unable to do.
  • I usu­al­ly get paid a frac­tion of what oth­er peo­ple in the job are mak­ing.
  • I have no cer­ti­fi­ca­tions to show I can do the job, but have all the knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence to do it.
  • I either have to con­tact some­one about a posi­tion or wait for a phone call so I can get some work.
  • When some­one asks me if I can do some­thing, my almost-instant reply is “Yeah, I can do that”.

I men­tion get­ting paid less, but that is not entire­ly fair. I am, by no means, bit­ter about get­ting less mon­ey than they make. This was just an benign obser­va­tion, there was no mal­ice behind it and I am grate­ful for any mon­ey I earn.

Essen­tial­ly, my point was that there is very lit­tle dif­fer­ence between the peo­ple in my job and the peo­ple in front of the Home Depot every morn­ing who are look­ing for work. Per­haps we should take some point­ers from our blue-col­lar brethren and start look­ing for work out­side of Best Buy. Just food for thought.

It all depends on the slant you look at things with, but it seems that we’re not that dif­fer­ent at all giv­en the right way of look­ing at it.

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