Questions tagged [pay-rate]

Refers to the rate at which a freelancer or contractor is paid.

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What's the proper way to ask the recruiter for a certain hourly rate?

I'm currently looking at new W2 positions that make around $80,000. According to http://www.rate-calculators.com/ -- I should be making $50/hr as a 1099. What's the best way to tell the recruiter this?...
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What Discount to Give for A Retainer Contract

I'm a web developer from Dublin and a web development agency whom I used to work with as a normal employee has asked me to quote a day rate to them. However, they've asked for a discount as they want ...
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Should I charge the same amount for reviewing/testing as someone else did for editing

Context I just started in the freelancing industry and decided to go with something rather easy: translation reviews and testing. *EDIT* Q/A and Proofreading My client, an indie video game developer,...
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Hourly billing, is it appropriate to include time to research if you don't know how to do something?

The title is a bit confusing, but here is an issue I face occasionally, but don't know how to bill. Here is an example, and I hope you can get the general idea and apply it to a broader concept of how ...
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How much should you charge for technical interviews?

I have a company who needs my help giving technical phone interviews and live coding tests to potential hires. I'm not sure what to quote for this scenario since the "work" is relatively easy - I'm ...
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Client wants to hire a full time employee under my company/contract

So here's my situation. A client hired me for a part time job and we signed under my contract. Now they want me to go and find someone who can work full time on the same job I do. However I'm not sure ...
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How do I estimate the cost of building an mobile app?

I know that there are other similar topics but I want to ask differently and I hope you answer differently too. I developed some apps and I have some experience. I created some apps as freelancer for ...
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How much cost can be charged for an hour in web development.?

I am a freelance web developer in India, charging between 250 and 300 rupees/hour for domestic clients. Now I have discussions ongoing regarding certain projects in the Middle East. How much can I ...
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How to build up long-term clients

I have been making website as a hobby since the late 90´s, I have been working as a front-end developer between 2013 to 2014. I have finished a 1 year program at University in the subject of Web ...
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Part Time On Call rate

I've been considering consulting in my field - I have a graduate degree and four years in the field. My experience has been accelerated due to the nature of my career position. I've been approached ...
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How can I edit my cover letter to get more clients?

My source of income has been coming from freelance sites, such as oDesk. Things have been slow for me since the start of this year. As I mentioned in my other post about slowing down, I got a response ...
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Service charge per unit for basic computer repair/maintenance

I have a question regarding how much I should charge per computer repaired or maintained. Basically, I applied for a job doing basic work on PCs and the employer wants to know what I'd charge as a ...
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Should I charge more to develop an app that my client will be leasing out to others?

Whilst I have experience in app design and development, I'm somewhat new to the business side of freelancing. I'm creating a web-based app for a client that will be used to manage his customer ...
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How does a freelance copywriter determine the right price-per-word to charge?

I worked 6 month for a german company, writing the content for their italian website. Aside for this experience, I'm an absolute beginner with no qualification at all. The only reason I was offered to ...
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How much do I charge?

I'm doing a freelance gig for a doughnut shop that has 3 locations and is about to open up a 4th making an android and iOS app. They want me to show all locations, have the app link to the nearest ...
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How to act and charge as a project coordinator?

A client has approached me with a rather unusual request. Instead of hiring my services as a freelance web developer, they already got a small team working on their first product, they have decided ...
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Determining sales commission rate

I'm thinking about hiring a freelance salesperson with their pay being completely based on sales commission. Is this an acceptable scheme? What would be a reasonable commission rate? UPDATE: In my ...
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Should we fix our rates as a dollar goes up or down?

Right now, the dollar is very close to the euro, almost 1:1. I did not drop my hourly rate as I did not expect that a dollar will remain high for so long. But it's been months now and it is still ...
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What should I look at to determine whether or not I should charge by the hour or by fixed price?

Many freelancers charge their clients by the hour, and many others charge their clients a fixed price for the project. I've worked on a few contract projects on the side and have only charged a ...
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How much to charge for adding features to website [closed]

I got a freelance project to add few features to an existing website. This is my first independent project and I'm confused about how much to charge. There are four features to add. 1. Allow the site ...
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When it becomes working for free

How do I phrase an email requesting more money when I've already accepted a specific budget? The client is asking for more time than I would have expected to spend asking for revisions upon revisions ...
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How much can a specialized software engineer really make as a consultant/independent contractor?

I see developers regularly charge $100-200/hr but as I've been researching personal branding, contractor strategy, and best practices, I've come across several alarming figures. In one YouTube video I ...
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Hourly rates for a novice C# developer from Europe? [closed]

Okay so here is the deal, I'm a 20 year old student of Computer Science @ University of Zagreb. But I have been active in the programming industry and I have 9 months of employment experience in a ...
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Away from hourly work to a prepaid package of hours

I am working with a number of small clients that often request small changes, once every 2-4 months at least, and the constant task-switching of working 1 hour for this client and 2 hours for that ...
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How much can an iOS developer charge?

Based on my research, I have determined that an iOS programmer can earn 4000 EUR / month in the EU in a full time job. This is 25 EUR / hour. How much of a premium should a programmer charge for ...
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How to quote/charge for diagnostic work that unknowingly leads into the item being totaled

I'm a rookie repairman. If I do something wrong, I'd expect to eat that cost. If I did what I think every other guy would do (a logical repair check list) to diagnose a machine, and then several ...
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How to best tier consulting rates for different aspects of one’s skill set?

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 ...
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Learning I undercharged — now what?

I took on a side-project as an experiment of sorts and I'm learning I grossly undercharged, in addition to providing a level of technical support I definitely did not sign up for. I'd worked up a ...
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Freelance rate based on my country

I'm setting up my freelance rate for web design services. In the states I would charge $65 hourly. Should I charge a lower rate if I'm working for a client in the states but I live in a country where ...
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Give code (scripts) to statistical analysis or not?

I'm new to freelance consulting. I'm performing a statistical analysis in R. I've been hired to perform a specific analysis and give a specific predictive model. I've only agreed to give the analysis ...
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Charging more for emergencies because of the client's negligence?

I created a website for a client. I offered to install any future security updates for a fixed monthly fee (so it wouldn’t matter if there are 0 or 10 security updates in a month), but the client didn'...
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I have been offered 10% of the profit, how do I know if this is the right percentage? [duplicate]

I have been offered to develop a web application from scratch and have been offered 10% of the pie, if and when the project becomes profitable. I'm not sure if 10% is right, they say I will be the ...
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Common values for calculated risk (as a freelancer)?

I have been working as an IT Freelancer (Self-Employed) for some years now. The hourly rate for my first larger Job was a suggestion from my client, and over the years it evolved by aligning with the ...
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From Agency to Freelance - What Should I Charge?

I have been asked back for one week at an establishment that I used to work for. In the past, whenever I worked for Establishment A, I would go through an agency, Agency B. However, Establishment A ...
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As a web developer, how much should I charge a British company?

Is there someone from Great Britain who can help me understand how much pay should I ask for as a freelance web designer in case I start offering my services in the UK? Is there a minimum amount that ...
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How to get the client the review the contract if the workload has changed

A year ago I agreed a fulltime contract which was convenient for us both. As the project grew the workload became higher and the customer had financial problems leading to decreasing of working hours ...
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What percentage is fair for me as a graphic design subcontractor?

I work for a small (1 family) art company as a "computer artist". I have worked there part time for about 7 years. I believe they charge clients over $100 per hour for designs. At one point I charged ...
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Asking for a rate increase after a rate drop

I've been working as a contract editor for the same company for about seven years. About three years ago, they changed the terms of their contract, which is now resulting in a huge pay loss for me (we ...
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Sorting out the time wasters from serious clients

I have only happy clients so far, and of course I'd like to increase this number, but I feel I'm losing a bit too much time in finding serious clients. I have a lot of requests; asking about what's ...
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What are the pros and cons of having fewer, smaller projects compared to larger, bigger projects?

With all other things being equal, let's say you could pursue getting 6 clients that would pay you $5,000 per contract, or getting 3 clients that pay you $10,000 per contract. Assume that the work for ...
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How to charge for a iOS project on function/feature basis or for complete app or hourly basis [duplicate]

I am an iOS Developer. I have just started the freelancing and this is my first project for the client. My client is from India and me too. My client has given a checklist of features to me that he ...
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Can I charge customer at my installation rate for the time it takes me to figure out the bill?

I brought a homeowner's dryer gas line up to code. I billed the customer for my full time in installing and also charged the customer at the installation rate, for my figuring out the bill. She ...
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How do you explain a higher rate in person than what you've quoted in an email?

At the time of answering an email, I quoted a company overseas by X/hr based on the assumption that I would be building with ABC technology stack. During discussion over the phone, it turns out we ...
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How to effectively gain constant income [closed]

this is my first time posting in here, so please let me know if this kind of question is inappropriate. I will be an IT graduate this coming April, and wanted to be a programmer since I entered ...
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How can I get setup as a UK Contractor for long-term contracts and be sure to cover all expenses and tax implications?

I'm a SharePoint consultant, developer and trainer and have been asked if I was interested to work in Brussels. I'm now researching what's involved in regards to taxes and living expenses to come up ...
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How can I make a monthly maintenance pricing structure work?

I am a full-stack web developer interested in freelancing full-time. I am planning on billing clients monthly recurring payments for providing general maintenance of an application or website. For ...
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Health insurance and freelancing in the US

As a freelancer/Independant Contractor and given the changes with the recent Obamacare (Affordable Care Act and Patient Care and Coverage Act) changes (I prefer not to discuss political opinions ...
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How to estimate the hourly rate for senior developer?

I'm considering looking for contractor jobs (in Western Europe). I have the experience of senior developer (Java) so I'm confident of the high quality of value added I can provide to the client. But I'...
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What are good resources for pricing calculators for web design work?

I am a freelancer and often am in need of a pricing calculator for website and web application development. I have used one in the past at DesignQuote, but didn't know if any better ones exist out ...
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Should a contractor charge a higher hourly rate for a shorter term contract? Rules of thumb?

I was approached some time back by a recruiter who had a 1-week contract opportunity. I'm guessing the client anticipated a quick fix to a single problem. Anyway, the rate quoted by the recruiter ...