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Questions tagged [pay-rate]

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

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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 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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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 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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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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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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Hourly Rate exchange rate variation

I'm in a bit of a dilemma, and I'd like some third party opinion on this. My freelance rate is USD, my client is not US based (so he has to exchange USD in order to pay me), I'm also not in the US, ...
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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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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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Can a Western IT software developer make it in online freelancing?

I’ve worked reasonably paid (by Western standards) for 15 years. I'm wondering whether there is any point me trying to crack the online freelance market. I compete against thousands of people with a ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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Should I charge money for troubleshooting?

From a programmers point of a view many times you end up with problems that are related to the domain of the programmer's knowledge. Nobody knows everything and sometimes errors happen because of that ...
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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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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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Evaluating short term contracts and pay rate

When considering freelance opportunities I've always considered that for shorter contract terms, a higher rate should be charged, and for longer terms up to an indefinite full time commitment (ie, a ...
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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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Should I settle for a percentage or keep with an hourly rate?

I work with an inventor who creates product lines and I do the design work for him. He's an engineer who is picky and wants it exactly his way so usually the projects take a while due to him not ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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How to get over the discomfort of asking for money?

I've just started freelancing full-time. I've done bits here and there before. I've mostly been drawn to freelancing because of the higher rates I can bill and the ability to be master of my own ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Should I lower my per hour rate to be competitive with overseas firms?

I was recently invited to bid on a mobile development contract for a company in South Africa. After doing my research of firms that are local to South Africa, I'm noticing that my hourly rate is ...
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How do I calculate pay rate if I've never freelanced before?

I've been working full time in the field (software) for about 5-6 years. However, I've never done any freelancing work before and am new to this entire process. At my job, pay is easy, since it's ...