I have been outsourcing work, whether it's articles, design, or small tasks for exactly ten years now. I have probably spent around $30,000 on the various projects I've done. What I love(d) about outsourcing is that I could find a well educated, hard working indidvidual from overseas where it was cheap for me, and to them it was good money Then outsourcing got more popular, and more popular and they start to realize the demand for outsourcing and their prices keep going up and up. What was once $2.5/hour is now $10+/hour and you know damn well they aren't working for that whole hour (if you're paying hourly). Now I'm fine with paying a fair price for their service, but I cant believe the bids I get on projects now days. A couple days ago I created a project for four wordpress sites to be moved off my one domain to different hosts. I was testing four different sites off one domain, and was done testing and wanted them to go live. Now I'm not a genius with computers but I've been doing this for 15+ years, I'm well above average. I just didn't want to spend the time transfering the sites, fuck up somewhere, have to redo it, etc. I know the process takes 5-10 minutes to actually do, all you're doing is moving the content and databases, changing a couple things for the URLs and you're done. I had about 50 bids on it. One guy bid $30, but he didn't sound like he knew what he was doing. Then was one for $40, then a bunch for $50-$100, and a handful in the $100-$500 range. So to save me time I was fine with paying someoen a few bucks to transfer these four sites for me. At most you're looking at an hour of work. So the lowest priced guy wanted $30/hour. I can't believe that, and that was only one guy. The majority of these guys wanted to be paid at a rate of $50/hour. So I said fuck it and did it myself, and it took ten minutes. If I knew my stuff better, it could have been done in five minutes. So really these guys could have been paid at a rate of $100/hour if they knew what they were doing. Shit if someone offered me $30-$40 to move four sites, I'd probably take that offer myself. Yet these guys overseas want to charge at a rate of $50+/hr. I just don't understand how there weren't a few guys willing to do this for $20-$25 at worst it would have been an hour and they would have made $20-$25 for the hour. Why has this changed so much? Do they just see how clueless people are willing to spend so much money they want to over charge now? But even still I'd assume some have so little money, that they'd still be happy to work for $5-$10 and live very good off that rate where they are from. Another job I wanted a sidebar removed completely from wordpress, and I was getting bids around $20+. Another I had some styling issues I wanted someone to do and again they wanted $25-$50. Yet I know it's going to take this guy literally two minutes to make the necessary changes. Two minutes! Why not take $5 or $10 for two minutes of your time? I just don't get it. On top of that, I"d go to you a few times a week for these small changes. /end rant I don't even know if anyone's going to read that lol. Had to get it off my chest. There's been like three tiny projects in a row this happened and I ended up fixing the stuff myself.