Friday, May 21, 2010

For Sale?

So...I may just have a job illustrating a childrens' book! Trick is, I've never done anything freelance professionally. I have no idea what to charge! I'm excited to do the job, it seems like a fun challenge, and I don't want to scare the client away with a high price, but I don't want to undercharge for a major undertaking either. What are standard rates for this kind of thing? What kind of price tag do you put on creativity?
Oh! And does anyone have a couch I can crash on...preferably on a non-American continent? Fenris is going to kill me when he gets out of those ribbons.


Aaron Ludwig said...

What you charge is up to you, but I heard a colleague say that he absolutely never goes under $20 an hour (which, compared to what's out there, is VERY cheap). This takes into account the fact that, as you are "self-employed", you need to pay out of pocket for income taxes, personal expenses, etc.

Steph said...

Congrats! Looks like fun - not sure what to charge, but when my husband does freelance design work he starts high and then if the client balks they can work down a bit. Good luck!