Do I need a contract to sell my web design services?
# March 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm
@JayJay141, here is a nice read: [click](http://optional.is/required/2013/01/21/getting-to-your-minimum-hourly-rate/)# April 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm
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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.# April 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm
is that 50% of an estimated cost?
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.
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