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Malcolm Matusky
Re: Freelance Billing Time for a Day and Weekly Rate
on Jan 26, 2011 at 6:06:30 pm

The specific dollar amount depends upon your area, local competition, your experience, and capitalization of equipment.

As a (former) freelancer, I never met a producer/client that thought they were paying too little, no matter how cheap your rate was. It is your responsibility to charge enough to live well and demand it from your clients, they will always say it's too much, and that may be true, for them, so what? It's not your place to subsidize someone else's lack of ability to budget a production.

Some people are just too cheap and don't care about anyone but themselves. I have worked for producers that ALWAYS cried poverty, and later found out they owned 2 homes, an airplane, 5 cars, etc etc, they lived very large by not paying me enough to live in a crap apartment.

If you client thinks they have the right to set your rate, ask them if they will provide you with a room in their house, let you eat off their table, pay your health insurance, etc, etc.

Just a few thoughts on a tough dilemma for the "freelancer"

I no longer "frelance" I have my own "company" and my own equipment, but I generally work alone. I do not "work for hire" my clients hire my company, not me, I am not their "temp employee" I provide a service and that has helped me improve my situation.



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