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MO/HO Market?

Friday, June 8th, 2007 by Michael Barr

I was fascinated to receive the following message from a former colleague in e-mail yesterday:

Do you have any requirements for a Linux C++, Windows .NET, or embedded programmer who can work remotely? I have high speed (1.5 mbps) internet, a wireless router, and 3 laptops in my motorhome. I only need about $25/hr to support my new lifestyle.

Of course, it has become the norm that computer programmers and many other types of professionals can work from their countries of origin or even home offices. Some observers have gone so far as to call this the world is flat effect of the Internet.

But $25/hr for an experienced programmer living as a connected nomad somewhere in America? Could this be the end game for all of us in the computer services business?

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2 Responses to “MO/HO Market?”

  1. Cliff Brake says:

    Interesting development. I think the key to surviving in the engineering services business is to make sure you have value. You have to be something more than another warm body to work on projects. Also, the target customers make a big difference. Although I’ll do work for any size customer, it seems that I can provide higher value to smaller customers as they need a higher level of service. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out, but I think there will be plenty of opportunities in the foreseeable future for consultants who keep their skills current, have some high value skills, and offer good customer service.Cliffhttp://bec-systems.com

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Your friend is living my dream! Living and working in a mobile home! Going to the same place every day is killing me. I would love to be able to travel while working, yet not feel like a tourist.

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