ASK DN: How much do you charge for....?

over 7 years ago from Luchia Bloomfield, Designer @ Security Innovation

  • Henry Doe, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )
    1. Work out how much you would like to make a year. Don't worry about any else at this point, just how much money you need to cover everything in your life (rent, bills, holidays).

    2. Then you are going to need to add in all work related subscriptions/ expenses (i.e. Creative Cloud, servers, etc), all things you were probably getting free at an agency/ start-up.

    3. Then add all taxes (VAT if applicable), this figure will vary depending on No.1. and also will vary country to country and you'll need to either read up about it or talk to an accountant.

    Seeing as it appears you are doing large chunks at a time it looks like you won't need to worry so much about missing a days freelance work here and there.

    Then add all of these figures together (add 10-15% if you like, as a contingency) and divide by 12.

    Hope that covers everything, please comment if I'v missed anything. Or if I am wrong. Just how I would work it out.

    Oh and best of luck.

    14 points
    • Radu CeucaRadu Ceuca, over 7 years ago

      just how much money you need to cover everything in your life (rent, bills, holidays, woman etc).

      Really? You ruined a decent piece of advice with that little joke.

      13 points
    • Mike MangigianMike Mangigian, over 7 years ago

      Very solid advice. Good on you, this is also how I go about it (more or less)

      0 points
    • Jon GoldJon Gold, over 7 years ago

      (rent, bills, holidays, woman etc)

      No need for that.

      2 points
      • Clay MacTavishClay MacTavish, over 7 years ago

        no need for what?

        0 points
        • Samuel ZellerSamuel Zeller, over 7 years ago

          Rent of course, because you're staying at your girlfriend place :)

          2 points
          • Clay MacTavishClay MacTavish, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

            booyeah. good one, brah.

            EDIT: I'm actually very curious what a 3D Generalist does. Do you have a design or dev background?

            0 points
            • Samuel ZellerSamuel Zeller, over 7 years ago

              I can send you a link to my private portfolio if you want to get an idea (my current one is outdated). I don't have a design background but I'm really fond of industrial design and architecture and I've studied html/css/js as well.

              Seems that private messages are not supported on DN, boo :(

              1 point
    • Dustin CartwrightDustin Cartwright, over 7 years ago

      just how much money you need to cover everything in your life (rent, bills, holidays, woman etc).

      It's interesting to see so many people get all held up over such a comment. Playing the devil's advocate here, but did anyone think he simply meant women in terms of "Money you'll spend dating men/women you find likable"? It's certainly a possibility.

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