How Much Should I Charge?
The new economy has changed everything, allowing – or forcing – workers to leave their (un)comfortable 9-to-5 day jobs in order to pursue their passion in a freelance career that provides freedom, fulfillment, and location independence. But once the high of working from home wears off, the realization of bringing in real income appears.
The top question every freelancer wants to know is:
How much do I charge for my services?
It doesn’t matter if you’re a graphic designer, public speaker, teacher, photographer, programmer, or life coach, determining the correct rate to charge your clients is equal parts research, science, market factors, black magic, and gut feeling.
Based on his standing room only session at SXSW 2012 teaching attendees How to Become a Salary Negotiation Rock Star in the corporate world, "Salary Tutor" author Jim Hopkinson delves into the freelance world to help you get paid what you deserve.
Jim Hopkinson is an author, speaker, and writer living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle.
Based on lessons from his book “Salary Tutor,” he has written about negotiation and business online for The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Salary.com, and spoke at SXSW 2012. He has hosted “The Hopkinson Report” blog and podcast since 2008, called “audible caffeine” for its high-energy approach. Previously, Jim managed the online marketing and social media strategy for Wired.com.