Why most developers are broke

I’ll tell ya this… it has nothing to do with talent.

I recently had another fupastar send me one of their hysterical emails complaining about… “John, why for you talk about da munies”. I get these from time to time… any time I talk about the business side of web development.

Well… heaven forbid!

God forbid I talk about the thing all of us are not-so-secretly after — and help people to build a lucrative career around their web development skills. What a monster! Of course, this is the very thing that holds most developers back.

Hell, most people.

Because if you can’t even read an email about it from me without going hysterical… how the hell are you going to sit down with a client or company and negotiate a fair price for your services?

Or ask for a raise?

Or raise your freelance prices?

Oh, you think people will just pay you fairly?

They’ll notice your hard work and reward you without YOU having to ask?


That’s cute.

It’s also why lots and lots of really talented developers are flat broke. They run screeching from anything that smells of “sales” or “muney”. And, even if you’re not that dramatic with it…

Do you embrace it?

Do you dig deep into marketing and selling yourself?

Do you devour every ounce of information you can get?

Probably not.

But, the most successful developers I know… do. But, whatever you believe, know this… nobody is going to hand you what you deserve. That much, I can guarantee you. If you want it, you have to take it.

That’s reality.

Like it or not.

Do with that what you will… but that’s why I created my 5-Figure Formula course. It’s teaches you HOW to put together your service packages in a way that COMMANDS big fees — 10K and up for a single project.

Based on the unique psychology of high-end clients…

That I learned working with some of most well-known internet business people on the planet: Lewis Howes, Tim Ferris, Michael Hyatt, etc. I mean… if “trailer park trash” like me can figure this out and work with these kind of clients…

I don’t know why you couldn’t.

But, up to you.

If you shriek at any kind of “muney talk”… these won’t be for you, sweetheart.

Otherwise, go ye here for all the deets:


Muney Bags Morris

Idea Engine LLC

P.O. Box 245

Winona, MO 65588

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John Morris


I’m a 15-year veteran of freelance web development. I’ve worked with bestselling authors and average Joe’s next door. These days, I focus on helping other freelancers build their freelance business and their lifestyles.

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