Gonna have to be vague with some details here but basically: * Used to work for Big Business Company (BBC) * Quit, traveled world for a year, settled in Thailand and started freelancing (programmer) * The work I did with BBC was highly specialized, I'm one of the only 10-15 people in the world with the requisite level of experience in the area they work in * Given a year of world travel, let me funds get pretty low * BBC offers me a freelance project, but they haggle me down massively on price. Down to $50 per hour, where I would (should) really charge $140+ per hour. * They give me a sob story about margins and I say whatever, I needed the cash so did it at $50ph. That project didn't massively intersect my niche anyway. * They come through with another project, really overlaps my niche, super complex. * I give them quote at $140ph. After haggling with one of the two BBC guys involved we settle on $70ph with me kicking myself that I've come down so far. * Several days go by and then I get email from main BBC guy basically saying "I only budgeted $45ph for your time, but I'm a great guy so I'll come up to $47ph" Now here is where I'm not sure I made the right move, as I'm just really stepping out into business as my own entity (I have a registered company for certain interactions). What I did was call the bluff and say no, I can't go below my quote of $70ph, take it or leave it. Now I don't know if these guys actually have the money to accept my quote, BBC is a big (thicc) company so I assume so, but they always play poor and I don't know if it's just their annoying way of trying to make margins. I'm banking on my worth with this play, I do believe my skills are needed and they won't find them elsewhere easily, let alone at my level and with my internal knowledge of their business. At the same time I really hope it comes through because I'm low on funds at the moment and it doesn't feel like the right time to have made such a big dick play. Awoke with anxiety about it this morning. Advice please sherdizzle *edit* oh yeah - I have bits and pieces of other lower paying work, but it's not reliable just yet. This is the first big chunk in quite some time. A month or so of work at $70ph (hopefully).