We did a Web Developer Economics series a few years ago, where we looked at the various costs of being a web developer:
- Web Developer Economics: One-Off Software Costs
- Web Developer Economics: Hardware Costs
- Web Developer Economics: Monthly Service Costs
- Web Developer Economics: The Wrapup
I'm sure some of that software and hardware has changed since then, but the spirit is the same. It costs money to have the things you need to do this job.
I just wrote a similar article, but from the perspective of a business paying for the software it needs. That link is to Medium, but it was posted on the CodePen blog originally. Just giving that a shot to see what all the hubbub about Medium is about.