You, kid, are an uneducated ass. Who cares about how much money said programmer makes elsewhere - is his time not worth money? You don't know if he uses money from his side work to pay off debts or donate to charity.
My dad gets paid pretty well doing plumbing/pipe fitting. He also does side work. He is the only income for him, his wife, her two kids, and paying off past due debts because of his ex wife's medical bills, vehicle damages, and what have you. Add all that up and without his 70hr manual labor week he wouldn't be able to survive.
So enjoy living under your parents' wing, because when they lift it up and you're expected to fly don't run back to them. Go to a third world country. Your money will go a long ways there.
The cynical bastard
Edit: Oh, got a little side tracked. We use MS Access, Excel, and a desk calander. Mark the days, print off the invoices from Excel's Invoice feature, and update the database. Kind of a pain in the neck but it works for us. It's easy, don't have to purchase any more software than what we already have, and just about anyone can do it.
Originally Posted by CServer Hosting
Without a doubt, hire a programmer from a third world country for 5-10$ an hour. Its setting me back about $40.00 USD for a custom tailored website in flash, php, and asp. Besides, who wants to pay 60$ an hour for a VB freelancer, who also works for 100,000$ a year at a University (read: i dont have a lot of money, just what ive saved from various work, and customized computer cases. Note: I'm a teenager. An intelligent, as well as certified one, but nonetheless, a teenager. No loans, and Ohio law does not allow for teenagers to work a lot. something like 10 hours per week.)