How do you figure out what to charge?

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I'd love to hear how other freelancers figured out what to charge. It's always a tricky thing.

 

 

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Carol Koch

I decided to charge a Day Rate based on an 8 hour day for my recent business trip to Italy. Some days I was on ...

Carol Koch

I will be traveling to Europe for a jewelry industry trade show with one of my freelance clients. (They are paying my expenses.) Normally I ...

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  • Carol Koch

    Thanks, Audra. I have a feeling I will be actively working about 6 hrs each ...

  • Diahann Lohr

    Good question and answers. Thanks for asking this one. And lucky you! Sounds like a ...

Lauren Oakley

Need advice: So I had a a freelance inquiry referred by a friend. I was originally I quoted her a referral price cheaper than listed ...

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  • D Kendra Francesco

    So, how did it go?

  • Ashley Vanni

    The quote "we train people how to treat us" is so true. Know your worth ...

Julio  Michelon

Hi! I haven't been freelancing for a long time and even though I'm happy with my rate I'm a little unclear on exactly when to ...

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  • Adam Arkfeld

    In the situation your describing, it sounds like it depends on what's important to each ...

  • Shay Peggy

    Thanks for all these perspectives. I appreciate it as a writer getting back into freelance ...

Porsha Lemos

When is it time? If ever to charge a monthly fee? I started freelancing out for a particular client, years ago. Graphic design, photo editing, ...

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  • Robin Rauzi

    Indeed, it sounds like they need you regularly, and should be eager to have you ...

  • Laurie Wheeler

    It's never too early to create service packages. It's something I try to get all ...

Christen Smith

I just worked 27 hours straight in-house at a studio. How do I bill them for overtime and double-overtime based on my day rate?

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  • Xavier Fan

    Does your contract with them cover overtime costs? Or did you have a specific agreement ...

Allyn Alston

Anyone ever created Funeral Programs? I'm cranking out tons of designs and have a contract that I'll be acquiring in the next several days, but ...

Life and Legacy Funeral Program

This elegant yet vibrant Funeral Program PSD is a wonderful design fitting for any memorial ...

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  • D Kendra Francesco

    Have you kept track of how long it takes you to put one together after ...

Ande Singh

Hello there, Very much need to know how to properly set up a rate card for both publishing and art. Willing to learn and all ...

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  • D Kendra Francesco

    If you're talking about an advertising rate card, contact magazine advertising departments and ask for ...

Carolyn Silveira

Having just wrapped up our first project together, my client wants to "kidnap me" for a little portion of my time on an ongoing basis! ...

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  • Carolyn Silveira

    That makes lots of sense, and I so appreciate knowing your ".95x" formula! ("Less" can ...

  • Ilise Benun

    Hi Carolyn, based on the type of work they need you to do and because ...

Mike Hammer

HI! I have 30 years of experience in establishing rates for services for tech consulting, coaching, sales development, research & marketing, and sales/tech training, but ...

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  • Mike Hammer

    Excellent skills and salary guide for IT jobs or freelancing @ http://www.skilledup.com/learn/programming/software-engineer-salary-guide/

Elaine Nadalin

I'm a social media manager who is new to freelancing. One thing I'd like to avoid are prospects that are looking for free advice and ...

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  • Xavier Fan

    Elaine - I think both ways can work (charging a consultation fee or not) - ...

Ashley Vanni

Here in California, we are recommended to charge the client (or at least a deposit) before we begin working. This is in case the client ...

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  • D Kendra Francesco

    If they dodge a deposit, I don't do any work. When I've received the "agreement" ...

Annie Kuster

I am trying to come up with my rate for a project shooting a house and surrounding property for a national home decor website. They ...

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  • D Kendra Francesco

    I know it's been six weeks, and this may not help you now - but ...

Bruce Riccitelli

I came from a family of self-employed people, so I was lucky enough to understand early in my career that your first question to yourself ...

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  • Adam Arkfeld

    Hi, here's another calculator that you can use to drill down to your hourly rate. ...

  • Lee Wilbur

    About 5 years ago I wrote an article for a web site explaining why IT ...

Robin Rauzi

The FT pay to hourly conversion rate... I get asked this a lot, so I thought I'd post it here. A lot of people start ...

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  • John Swaringen

    I've been doing contract work for various agencies like Robert Half, etc. A couple of ...

Pamela Yeh

This topic isn't about what to charge per se. I do need advice from other freelancers. I was offered a project. The agency and I ...

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  • Xavier Fan

    Did you sign a contract? Did the contract specify a termination fee, or a non-refundable ...

  • Arnie Schlissel

    Is this a first time client, or someone that you've been doing business with? If ...

Ashley Love

Hello. I'm a freelance fashion designer/fashion illustrator. I have been freelancing for seven years now. I love what I do, but at the same time, ...

1 more comment
  • Paul Strebe

    Sorry, but I tried that calculator, and it's kind of lame. I mean, there's no ...

  • Audra Wilke

    I have a calculator to help you set an hourly rate. It's simplistic (which I ...

Thomas Jost

As a freelancer just starting out, should you charge a lower rate for the service you provide that you feel confident that will get you ...

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  • Brian Wright

    Use this: http://motivapp.com/freelance-hourly-rate-calculator

  • D Kendra Francesco

    A little of both, I think. You need to know what your costs actually are ...

Larissa Pickens

I'm working on an article on when/if it's okay to work for free and would love to hear specifically from moms who might have had ...

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  • Dan Eggenschwiler

    I know I'm not a mother, but as a general rule I've seen that working ...

Jessica Warrick

Question? I have extensive writing experience and for the past few months I have taken on freelance writing and designing media marketing kits as my ...

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  • Martha Retallick

    I suggest that you read Peter Bowerman's book, The Well-Fed Writer. It covers this issue ...

  • Laurie Wheeler

    Know your results. Does your copy have a higher rate of conversions for clients? Does ...

Carol Koch

I decided to charge a Day Rate based on an 8 hour day for my recent business trip to Italy. Some days I was on ...

Carol Koch

I will be traveling to Europe for a jewelry industry trade show with one of my freelance clients. (They are paying my expenses.) Normally I ...

1 more comment
  • Carol Koch

    Thanks, Audra. I have a feeling I will be actively working about 6 hrs each ...

  • Diahann Lohr

    Good question and answers. Thanks for asking this one. And lucky you! Sounds like a ...

Christen Smith

I just worked 27 hours straight in-house at a studio. How do I bill them for overtime and double-overtime based on my day rate?

Comments
  • Xavier Fan

    Does your contract with them cover overtime costs? Or did you have a specific agreement ...

Allyn Alston

Anyone ever created Funeral Programs? I'm cranking out tons of designs and have a contract that I'll be acquiring in the next several days, but ...

Life and Legacy Funeral Program

This elegant yet vibrant Funeral Program PSD is a wonderful design fitting for any memorial ...

http://graphicriver.net/item/lif...

Comments
  • D Kendra Francesco

    Have you kept track of how long it takes you to put one together after ...

Elaine Nadalin

I'm a social media manager who is new to freelancing. One thing I'd like to avoid are prospects that are looking for free advice and ...

Comments
  • Xavier Fan

    Elaine - I think both ways can work (charging a consultation fee or not) - ...

Ashley Vanni

Here in California, we are recommended to charge the client (or at least a deposit) before we begin working. This is in case the client ...

Comments
  • D Kendra Francesco

    If they dodge a deposit, I don't do any work. When I've received the "agreement" ...

Ashley Love

Hello. I'm a freelance fashion designer/fashion illustrator. I have been freelancing for seven years now. I love what I do, but at the same time, ...

1 more comment
  • Paul Strebe

    Sorry, but I tried that calculator, and it's kind of lame. I mean, there's no ...

  • Audra Wilke

    I have a calculator to help you set an hourly rate. It's simplistic (which I ...