Do you have any advice for how to calculate prices for creative products or services?
There are two main approaches to pricing your work: a bottom-up approach and a top-down approach.
The Bottom-Up Approach
The bottom up approach creates a pricing formula based on the time, skill, and materials you put into a piece. It is usually the best approach for freelancers or other creative service providers. It looks like this:
Price = Freelance rate x Hours + Materials
Step 1: Calculate your freelance rate
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Like many creative types these days, I’ve had to get a day job. It’s not that I’m getting fewer projects, it’s just that fewer of them pay much, if anything. When faced with the choice, I always go for the well-paying projects first, then fill my remaining time with the projects that pay in web traffic, nebulous future sales/commissions or “cred.” Unfortunately that’s been most of them lately. I’m pretty good about not taking on jobs that realistically won’t give me much of either.
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Fall is the beginning of my year. It always has been. In the first place, I’m Jewish, so I celebrate the new year in the fall rather than in January. I take stock and make my resolutions in the fall. Fall is also when school starts, and when people come back after having a long break. Fall is when I naturally feel compelled to start in new directions and when the economy begins to ramp up again.
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Time it takes to complete a project = Your most generous estimate that considers every single tiny part x 2.5
Reading my alma mater’s alumni magazine makes me feel bad about myself. I makes it seem as though all of my fellow alums are doing brave and amazing things — some of them at extremely young ages — while I sit here spinning my wheels. Web sites (blogs especially) also make me feel bad about myself. They present a world that is overflowing with creative people and all of them, including the hobbyists with non-art day jobs are more creative and prolific than me. No one will ever hire me in such a world.
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