So, I used to do freelance/contract work consistently for years. Mainly full LAMP stack developing. Now I am doing purely Linux/Unix system administration work with dabbling in development when the task dictates.
That said, I am getting approached for some freelance/contract work that would use a small slice of my skill set & I am unclear if there is any common method of tiering an hourly rate based on skills.
Meaning, for me I would value my hands-on Linux/Unix system administration skills as well as development skills at the highest tier. But if someone—let’s say—wants me to do a project review, code review, code cleanup, training or one-shot management of a system admin task they know I can handle well, how would I properly bill for that?
In my mind, the less hands on my consulting would be the less the hourly would be. And perhaps it would be best to have a clearly delineated one-time engagement fee.
Or am I just overthinking all of this & should just see all my services as one flat rate irregardless of how much hands-on “heavy lifting” I am doing?
I know this question might veer into an opinion question, but perhaps there are established guidelines folks commonly use that I am unaware of?