Alex, It really comes down

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Alex,

It really comes down to how much do you think your time is worth? Normally, my rates are higher but I’ve been doing gigs for $30/hr for one outfit. However, they throw me regular gigs and they stay out of my way when I’m working. I also am working to build a presence with their outfit that no one else in the region could equal. That takes time. On the other hand, I’ve got other irons in the fire. In your case, if you’re paying for gear in addition to dealing with the usual business overhead those short money gigs may mean something gets paid for this month. The tough thing is to not make it a habit of doing short money gigs regularly. It’s like Grinner suggested, you’ll end up being known as the cheap one and not necessarily the best.

These days, you have to do what you must to stay in the biz. The good news is; all of those craigslist weenies will have run themselves aground with trying to undercut established pro’s. Once all the suckers have been cleared out, it will be just the survivors left to grab the paying clients. Your job is to make sure you’re still on your feet when that time comes.

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