need to know how much to charge a client for this work

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by dbyl2, May 27, 2008.

  1. dbyl2 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    I'm going to be working part time as a graphic designer for someone and they are a wedding photographer the client wants me to arrange wedding photos and add effects to them like a collage the. Client has asked how much do I want to be payed an hour? Any suggestions in pounds (£) and take into account I'm a student
    thanks for your help in advance
    dfp design
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    You should charge your clients a single hourly rate that includes the total cost of doing business:
    1. A generous hourly rate for your time.
    2. An hourly rate for your computer. Amortize the cost of your computer over the work hours in a year. In the USA, that works out to about 2000 hours/year.
    3. An hourly rate for your software. Amortize the cost of your software over the work hours in a year or two.
    4. A rate based on the hours required or the pages printed for your printer, scanner, and any other peripherals used.
    5. A rate based on the hours required or the pages printed for your consumables such as paper and ink or toner.
    6. The electrical energy used to perform the job.
    7. The rental rate for the space required to perform the job.
    The bottomline is that you should charge for everything that goes into completing the job. Many professionals use computer programs to keep track of the time that they spend on each job. For attorneys and accountants, this is essential.
  3. Lebowski macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ

    charging for electricity? come on.

    sure, hardware and software fees (as they can be pricey), but charging for electricity used is pushing it. Its going to look like you are trying to squeeze them for any monies you can. Better off keeping it relatively reasonable on charges as you are just a student. You should be more concerned with honing your skills, making client contacts and getting used to freelancing right now.

    I have done alot of cheap work for clients in the past when i was starting out. And that built a good working relationship. Now that I am a pro, having those contacts are nice. I do alot of work for past clients, and can charge a more aggressive rate as my skills and quality of my work has increased.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    If electricity does not come from a utility company, then it may represent a substantial fraction of the cost of production. It is important for a student to learn the skills required to perform a job. What students don't usually learn, however, are the skills required to run a business. Billing is a significant business skill. The OP does not have to itemize everything, but his rate should cover everything.
  5. operator207 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    Exactly. Itemize everything, give the client one number. if they want it itemized, I doubt your going to tell them your charging them $12 for use of your computer. Your going to tell them $12 for materials.

    Not itemizing everything in a business, is why businesses fail. The small pieces kill you.
  6. appletastic macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Charge about £15-£20. Bearing in mind minimum wage is about £6. I think that is respectable for your amount of experience/skill set etc. (i'm assuming student level)

    Or alternatively ask him how much he wants to pay for the whole job.. you'll be surprised how honest people are, and you might get a better deal out of it.

    Either way for initial jobs like this you need the experience, and he can always be a reference for any future jobs you might get.

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