Bookmarked Chris, thnx! By the way I have [this contract](https://gist.github.com/malarkey/4031110) from Andy Clarke bookmarked a while ago as well, for comparison if nothing else. Seems it’s on docracy as well.
This is the kind of stuff I rarely see on dev sites, deff worth looking at for everyone who does development. Thanks again @chrisburton and @CrocoDillon for sharing and @mitso for sparking this convo.. I totally bookmarked a couple things after this post.
i love this! there is no year attached to the post dates, so I am not sure how late I am to the party, but this is gold. Thanks to everyone for such valuable information.
what do you guys feel about friend of friends? I was asked a while ago to do a website, and I told them $15 an hour. This price was based on my own insecurities, as well as wanting to do a favor. I haven’t heard much from them, but recently they asked if they could do a payment plan. Based on the time it takes them to get back to me, I don’t have a good feeling about it. So a couple of questions:
1. Are payment plans a good idea?
2. Is it wrong to raise the rate? No contracts have been signed yet.
I think once you’ve been doing this for a while you sort of know how much time a project will take you. A contract helps keep things on schedule but that’s not to say issues don’t come up. Many freelancers ask for 50% upfront. This is also used as a “kill fee”. This way, if the people who’ve hired you back out or have to cancel for any reason, you still get paid for what you’ve done.
As a freelancer, you don’t receive the same perks of a 401k or health benefits that come with a corporate position . You have to provide that yourself. Do you think working for $15/hr will benefit you after thinking about those things? What about rent or mortgage payments? Food? Internet? Software? Retirement? These are all the things that you need to run a business and survive.