I’ve just sent a huge reply and it has all been lost on pressing the “send” button.
I spend many hours a week trying to push our site gently and Richard is an integral part. The whole site is very complex and needs “tweeking” when we see a fault come through - Richard does this straight away. He is also reponsible for a lot of the design (even if he contracts it out) but, above all, we work together to get what we want - be it the tickertape news on the screen or (his idea) the changing photos down the side of the pages. More importantly, clients started to put stupid valuations for their parcels so in 24 hours he incorporated an additional insurance premium.
I would happily pay double and I always pay in advance, what this guy needs is a business manager. Maybe you can help him? I’m sure he can help you, when he puts his mind to a problem he solves it. There has to be a middle way between the people that charge too much and the people who can’t deliver.
Maybe I have just increased my costs but as long as I deal with people who treat me fairly I have no problems paying a fair rate.