Questions tagged [pay-rate]

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

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Pricing For a Shopify Application

A client wants me to work on their existing (half-baked) e-commerce solution for their family business. It is a Shopify application. I have never used Shopify before but I have build apps using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Work faster and I'll pay you higher,”?

Has anyone experienced having a client tell them this? My motive is to find out if clients still want to work with you even if you increase your rates. Has any of you have any experience with this? ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...