|freelancentral's guideline rates for freelancers (2014) (31.10.13)|
We know that many freelancers don’t charge per hour or day – many of you charge project fees; writers/journalists may charge per word; and some editors and proofreaders quote per page. We realise too that rates may vary across disciplines (e.g. a middleweight PHP developer is probably charging a lot more than a middleweight graphic designer).
But in the interests of simplicity, we’ve stuck to hourly and daily rates as guidelines. So here they are:
A note to freelancers: Standardising rates in SA
We strongly recommend that freelancers charge clients according to these rates above, to help set standards and precedents in our industry.
We had a couple of people respond to our survey saying ‘I don’t need the money’ and ‘I’ve been out of the workforce for a year so feel I can’t charge the going rate’. There will always be people who undercut and underquote, either out of ignorance, or as a tactic to win work. But the danger of this is that it undermines all the professionally-minded freelancers who are costing their projects properly.
Of course, if you feel these rates are too low and you want to charge higher fees, by all means do so, as long as you are comfortable that you can justify them to your clients.
A note to clients
Clients, we’d advise you to be a little wary of freelancers whose rates fall outside these guideline ranges. If their fees are too low, question why this is and what value they are bringing – you’ll get what you pay for and may well get your fingers burnt. And if a freelancer is charging way higher than our guidelines, you need to be assured that they are offering something unique, which will really add value to your project.