SU Freelancer/Employee q - what do you charge/get paid?

SU Freelancer/Employee q - what do you charge/get paid?

Postby applemango85 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:30 pm

I know that this question has been asked many times over years but looking through old threads it seems to have asked last a while back and things change over time as you know.

Basically how much do you charge (if you are freelance)/get paid (if youre employed) for your work using sketchup?

Obviously I imagine you use not just sketchup in your work but programs like cad, photoshop, 3D renderers, etc...

Could you list:

> if you are a freelancer or work for a company
> if you charge/get paid per hour or per project
> how much you charge or get paid
> years experience you have with sketchup
> country where you are based
> other software you use alongside sketchup
> example of a past project, time taken to complete, what you got paid.

When doing my own research freelancers seem to be charging anywhere from £5 to £100 per hour of a job involving sketchup and job positions advertised seems to be just as varied.

One of the problems seems to be that in countries where living costs are much less they can afford to undercut those with higher living costs in other countries. Where I’m located in the uk living costs are high but everyone expects value for money so I have no clue what I should be looking to charge that is both economic and fair.

Also what software are the freelancers using? - if for example you have and maintain a licence for sketchup, photoshop, autocad, 3d max and a high end renderer (about £7k subscription fees a year) but charge £15 an hour for an average 30 hours a week (approx £22.5k a year) surely you can’t afford to use the industry standard software making yourself a harder sell?

Sorry about all the questions - not to go through all my personal circumstances in public but it’s really hard to get advice in this sort of question and I have the added hurdle of having a disability and people trying to short change you once they know as you are ‘worth less’

I’m happy to discuss/get answers via pm if you rather not post a public answer

Many thanks all

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Re: SU Freelancer/Employee q - what do you charge/get paid?

Postby Mike Amos » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:34 am

It would make sense to me, to charge on a costs plus system. You first need to find exactly what your costs are. No point undercutting your costs when producing the result.

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Re: SU Freelancer/Employee q - what do you charge/get paid?

Postby tuna1957 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:43 pm

applemango, I can understand your being somewhat perplexed by this. I also understand a lot of peoples reluctance to post what they charge on a forum like this. Will say there are many variables that can effect what a person feels is a reasonable but proper fee for their work. Feel free to PM me and I would be more than willing to go into greater detail of my own situation.

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