A lot of people lost jobs in the last 1-1.5 year period. And due to this most of them got a themselves a PC, internet connection and started learning graphics, coding and so on.
The aftermath is that there are people who used to make a living from it. Now the market is flooded and the price has come down considerably due to bad practices in auction.
Are you affected by such a situation ? Or are you one of those fine people who survived the lay off craze ?
It is not hard to learn make logos or build websites with WordPress. So the competition in this field has definitely gone up.
I do not despise the trend though. We can learn more complex solutions like app development or server administration and still stay relevant.
First of all i feel really bad for the people who lost their jobs. But this is a good chance for them to learn new things and come up with new ideas. I think there is a considerable amount of demand in every field and the new freelancers will surely fit in. But they will always be separated from the field expert.
There is nothing called a field expert. To make a logo or a WordPress website, 6 months of experience is enough.
It is true that skilled designers will still beat the new comers by miles. But imagine, someone quotes 100 USD for a website and another on 250 USD. Which one will the client choose ?
Abhi Client who wants the job done for less price will surely go for 100$ but many are willing to spend 250$ to make it more professional. Because my job is similar and clients are ready to pay huge money for it, but it depends.
I would like to see a new comer beat the HTML template I can make. It certainly requires skill, talent, exposure and experience. But as you pointed out people might choose $ 100 over a higher amount.
I am not saying that I dislike competition, but there are people who make a living from it.
There are people who can afford USD 500 - 1K. They will have their own terms and select us only after checking our past work. It is important to keep a copy of your work and build a portfolio.
There are different sections of market. Low price, budget, expensive, luxury, brand etc
There is no logic between quality and price in market in most of these categories. And it is always fair when people are evaluated by the quality of product.
This actually happened to me a couple decades ago when I had a portrait business going and listed on eBay before others discovered it. I almost had a monopoly for a while but then more and more artists started showing up and posting their work at lower prices. I couldn't compete. Eventually when things get lower priced you can assure that your higher prices are better quality or you move on to a different type of site where people are willing to pay more for professional work.