A friend may begin a freelance/contractor situation soon and need some advice/input from the folks here at The Cow.
He will be starting up an internal video communications dept for a large local corporation - localizing services that had previously been handled by 3 NY contractors (He'd love to know what they were charging pr/hr) He'll be doing everything except the actual shooting (have several videographers lined up) - that's meeting with the clients, coordinating/developing the creative direction (treatments - and possibly farming the script writing out), doing all the 3D/2D graphics and producing final edited video via After Effects (plus any illustrator/photoshop work necessary)...
Here's the million dollar question - how much should he charge per hour? How much do other folks charge in your area/market?
The company wants to get one rate that encompasses all his job functions - creative concepting, client presentation, pre-production, talent coordination, production supervision, vendor coordination, storyboards, 3D/2D animations, editing the final videos (in AE) and delivering final labelled DVDs. The projects will vary from basic talking heads, motivational/sales, PSAs, etc. - a single rate for all these functions. These responsibilities were handled by 3 separate contractors in NY.
Initially he will get a minimum of 20 hrs/wk - but it is expected to become a full time salary position within 6-12 months.