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- Joined: July 7th, 2013, 3:18 pm
I am a graduate who is designing/decorating on the side from my full time job. I have had friends who I have helped in the past and not charged any fee. Now they have hired me as a paying client, and I am finding it hard to decide how I should charge them. I have helped in the selection of the products used, colours, floor coverings, etc. They acted as general contractor. Do I charge by hour? (I spent a lot of time; though I love doing it). If I charged a % of the project, I think that would be unrealistic. Any words of advice??
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- Joined: August 13th, 2013, 5:06 pm
Hi, I am new put I have done design work before, you could give them a discount but don't work for free or why are you in business if you are going to work for free.
Sorry this is probably too late but cut yourself some slack you paid for the knowledge why are you giving it away?
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- Joined: April 3rd, 2012, 1:31 pm
If you completed the Business portion of the course, I believe it is in Section C that teaches you how to charge for services. For friends, I personally would make it clear what your standard rates are (i.e $XX per hour or $XX dollars per day) and then tell them you are willing to offer them a discount of XX% - Just a thought.
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- Joined: June 23rd, 2013, 1:09 pm
I am a new student also but I agree that your friends should not take advantage of your expertise, time or money spent for your education. Discounting your fee is a good idea and they should be willing to pay!