Questions tagged [pay-rate]

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

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Is it reasonable for a fixed contract cost to a client to be based on the average salary of the role from the Stack Overflow Developer Survey?

Say for example it's a two month iOS development project, would it be sensible to set the fixed cost at what two months of a mobile developers salary in the U.S. would be using this data? I'm in the ...
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Freelancer taking away a client from a full-blown media agency: How to price the work?

I am asked to make a proposal to a client who is moving on from working with a digital media agency (wasn't happy with the services) to working with me, after I demonstrated a proof-of-concept of a ...
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How does one know if their pricing is inline with market trends?

I'm not seeking dollar amounts nor how to calculate pricing. I'm curious how freelancers determine if their own pricing is within a good range of current market trends. I can have a conversation ...
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What is fair compensation for handing my freelance contracts to my new employer?

I am changing from freelance software development to working in a small new consulting group. As part of the transition I may be moving my freelance work (for one client) under the umbrella of this ...
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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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How to make sure I will get paid by my sibling

I am a web developer and SEO for my brother. He has an insurance company and specialises on a certain type of customers that I address with special websites and SEO for him. I'm doing this for ...
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Client misled me on workload, and now I'm hosed

My client needed someone to gather confirmed residential addresses and put them into an Excel file, and then to upload that into BingPlaces to help out his business. We spent two days talking, with me ...
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Setting Rates - What ratio should I use for my Hourly : Daily rates?

In Brief: I have a short-term, part-time software consulting contract (200-300hrs over 2-3months) for which the client has specified hourly and daily rates. What is a typical ratio between hourly : ...
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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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Graphic designer tapped to work on multiple projects. Best way to charge? Retainer? Hourly? Per project?

I’m a graphic designer and I’ve been tapped by a previous client to work on multiple projects. The projects are mostly packaging design and product label — my role is to think of the concepts, make ...
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Advice when pitching a day rate to maximize billable time

I originally asked this over on workplace.stackexchange.com: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/131342/40440 I read an article for contractors/freelancers about how to calculate a day rate, vs ...
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Rate for a novice building a Wordpress site [closed]

I hope this is the right place to ask this question- and I'll try to be detailed and yet brief. I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Web Technologies. I have been approached by a family ...
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Client wants free and half-rate meetings

I have been freelancing for a client for two years now at 15 hours/week. I recently raised my rate from $30/hour to $50/hour to reflect that of a freelancer and not an employee (since I receive no ...
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Client wants to find a payment scheme that works for us. He doesn't want retainer nor hourly. How to find a common ground?

I hope you bear with me. This is going to be quite a long post. I want to lay out my situation in detail in hopes of getting advice as to what I should do and how to approach it the best way possible. ...
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How do I tell a client that I'm working fewer hours because they pay me much worse than my other clients?

I have a client that I have worked with for 5 years. We have a great working relationship. However, since I've graduated university and found other clients, I've noticed that I'm severely underpaid by ...
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Refudnable payment for new freelancer [duplicate]

I am a new freelancer looking for my first client. One employer contacted me through email (after I bid and passed their test)saying I have to pay in their skrill account (as you can see I have copied ...
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On a long contract, when is it ok to ask for a raise?

I started working at my current position nearly 6 months ago, and am paid per-hour, per-project at a flat rate. It was originally going to be a 3-month contract-to-hire, but the company lost a major ...
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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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Payment to recruitment consultant for referring a consultant?

I have been working with a recruitment consultant (by this term I mean a person / firm which focuses on referring a candidate for an opening within a company). Until now, this had been for full-time ...
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How to say “this is of great value to you” to the client?

I want to re-negotiate an hourly rate with a client. What I do saves them a great deal of money/time. How can I phrase "this is of great value to you" elegantly? Is this considered cocky? Should I ...
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Increasing hourly rate for an old client

I started freelancing 3 years ago, my hourly rate was between 25 and 30$/hour. I have accumulated a lot of experience and I have a better quality clients that pay better than my old clients. My new ...
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Should I charge my clients for software fees?

When initially starting my business, I took on many different tools to improve my service to my clients as a website developer & digital marketer. I've reached a point where as I diversify my ...
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How much should I pay a previously salaried employee to stay on as a consultant?

I just bought a company yesterday that has been run for the last six years by the owner's sister ("Sue"), whom I would give the title of "Business Manager". It's a small business, but we do government ...
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Am i paid enough for my work? [closed]

I am freelancer Android application developer, I got a project based on Hotel booking which I completed it in 20 days( project based pay ) and the client paid me 20k(INR) as I am new to freelancing am ...
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Do I bill for time my client wants me to be on-call, waiting for calls to be forwarded?

I have a client that wants to forward his calls to me when he's busy with a meeting. He wants me to be available from 9-5, but will only be forwarding his calls to me when he's with a client. Do I ...
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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 ...
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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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Change in rate for onsite work

To this point in my freelancing career I have always done remote work at my hourly rate. I have been asked to be onsite just initially for my next contract. Does anyone out there charge different ...
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What should I do if my ex-employer refuses me to pay? I live in Ukraine and the company he presents in USA

I live in Ukraine and the company he presents in USA. We signed a contract. How can I get MY money? CEO of this company says that they o not owe me any money but according to signed contract they do. ...
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Remote jobs - how to charge clients?

Recently I have had quite a few remote jobs. By remote jobs I mean clients want me to travel more than 100km from where I do my business. Generally consists of flights or driving. Clients usually ...
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How should I calculate rates for computer maintenance services?

I'm looking to start offering maintenance to my clients whom I have setup sites of computers for. I'm currently thinking of a business with four computers in three different sites. How much should I ...
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Raise price of hourly rate for existing client

I took on some work for a client when I first started using Upwork and I was also in a full time job. The rate I quoted for the work was low ($55 AUD per hour) but I felt it was a good price at the ...
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I built a tool to automate work, should I ask a raise?

I'm working something for a client and I'm paid per hour. I created a tool to automate redundant tasks which basically lessens the time down to 10% (leaving 90% off to automation). I'm thinking I'm ...
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Should I accept a low hourly rate while in between contracts?

I'm fairly new to freelancing, but I have an active online presence in my community, which a startup company noticed. They approached me for an ongoing project and requested a 60% discount off my ...
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How to work faster without earning less?

As long as it's not detrimental to the quality of the final product, I believe all freelancers should be able to deliver projects as fast as they like. Having said that, I find myself earning less ...
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Should I charge for idle services as a freelancer?

In my freelancing; I am currently working on a project where I need to upload files so i'm sitting here waiting for the files to upload so I can continue to work on the project. As a freelancer; is ...
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Computer troubleshooting service; change pay rate for more difficult problems?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but if not please advise where may be better. It's not an ideal situation but I need money and I'm good with computers (actually just got my degree). ...
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Hourly or daily rate for consulting?

I have started my own consultancy business and have been asked to do two things for a client: Provide assistance around how to manage data in an existing system Provide training around database ...
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How could I get an idea of how much a freelance Data Associate should make?

The issue is that the position location can be anywhere in the US, depending on the freelancers location. It is not as easy as just picking a job description from some website list based on location. ...
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How to enter freelance websites with high rates since the beginning

I am aware that I am not so good at interact with clients, but I am also aware that I am a skilled programmer with years of experience in many fields, actually my work rates are higher than the ...
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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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Is it ethical to offer free services in a paid community while still measuring one's capacity to offer the service in the first place?

I aim to offer private programming tutoring, but don't know if it is ethical to offer services for free while others with similar backgrounds (but more tutoring experience) seem to consistently charge ...
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Should I discuss hourly rate before doing job or just do the work and let the client see the rate in the invoice?

I was introduced by an acquaintance to someone who has work that I could do. We both met in person to discuss my abilities and the type of work I would do. Everything went great. However, we never ...
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How to price odd job

The job is thus: Take email from random address generator Verify the address as a valid residential address If it is not residential or it is not a valid address, it doesn't count Gather several ...
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How to justify an increase of your daily rate

I've started a year ago with a client at a daily rate of €100. We are starting a new project together and after reviewing my new skills and needs, my new daily rate should be €150~180. How to justify ...
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long-term freelancing, pay rate calculation

I was asked for a quote for a two years long full-time freelancing. Are there any reasonable ways to calculate the amount to ask for? My idea would be to multiply 210 workdays/year with my daily rate ...
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Increasing rates and liability

I am a fast learner. Right now, I am a entry-level online marketer. I am trying to determine how much I should charge my client because their industry is different than the usual ones. My clients are ...
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Daily freelance rate for previous full-time/permanent employer

I am leaving the company that I am currently employed by (permanent member of staff). I am going to freelance for them once I have left and want to know what to charge per day. Long story short: I ...
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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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What concessions could I make for a client who's getting stressed about their budget?

I have a client I've been working with for a few months and the job has paid well. I've been working at an hourly rate and the development has been very incremental. At all times I've been completely ...