I have a client that wants me to create some designs to promote their book. I have done work for them before, but having a hard time trying to come up with a price for this project. The project includes creating 14 Facebook covers that act like a countdown for the book and 10 photos to share with their fans on their Facebook timeline. The images will include custom graphics. I was going to charge $7 ($98) for each facebook cover and $5 ($50) for each photo which totals to $168. Is this too much to ask? How much would you charge?

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    $7 a piece, seriously? I would charge them an hourly rate that is relevant to your cost of living and include a profit. When I was a web designer, I charged over $75/hr. You're deeply underselling yourself. Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 4:53
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    Read the answer I posted here: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/957/… Pricing depends on so many factors, but, in general, I'd say your prices appear impossible to sustain a business with.
    – DA01
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 4:53

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This is a question that every new person considering freelance should be aware of. The solution already provided is true in a sense but does not fully cover what should be done. I will use Sitepoint's post from 2002:

To determine how much to charge for your services is often one of the biggest challenges for a new freelancer. If you charge too much you’ll have trouble landing a job, but if you charge too little you’ll starve.

How much do you want to earn?

To begin, figure out what you want your annual salary to be. You might want to pay yourself what you earned as an employee, or take a look at salary.com to find out what the average salary is for your profession.

Next, you’ll need to figure out what your overhead is. Overhead is an expense that can’t be found billable to a client — it’s simply a cost incurred in running a business. Fill out the following form to work out your overhead. If you aren’t sure of the figures, simply look back on last year’s bills and bank statements.

Monthly Overhead

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Nonproductive Time

There are duties that must be completed for each client that are not productive towards completion of the project. Figure out the actual work hours that you spend on the following duties. You’ll need this total later, so keep the number handy.

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Next you’ll need to figure out how much profit you wish to make. Profit is the amount that you make after expenses. I’d suggest that around 20% is an acceptable profit margin. Profit is necessary for a successful business, so make sure to factor it into your formula.


There are always variables that you will need to take into consideration when you’re figuring out what you’ll charge. You might consider:

  1. What does your competition charge?
  2. What’s your niche?
  3. How many years’ experience do you have under your belt?
  4. What skills do you have?
  5. What types of clients do you want to attract?
  6. Are you working online or local?

There are five formulae you can use to ascertain your hourly rate.

Formula 1 – The Basic Method

Follow these steps to figure out what your hourly rate should be.

  1. Subtract nonproductive time from Annual Hours to get Billable Hours.
  2. Add Salary and Overhead Together
  3. Multiply Total By Profit Margin (10% – 20%)
  4. Add Total (1) and Total (2) Together
  5. Divide Total (3) by Billable Hours (the amount from #1)

For example, if the following is true: Salary = $30,000 Annual Hours = 2,080 NonProductive Time = 500 hours Profit Margin = 20% Overhead = $15,000

Then this is how you figure out the hourly rate: 1. 2,080 – 500 = 1,580 2. $30,000 + $15,000 = $45,000 3. $45,000 X 20% = $9,000 4. $45,000 + $9,000 = $54,000 5. $54,000 / 1,580 = $34 / hour

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that you want to make a decent living. If your hourly rate seems too low then raise your rate until you feel comfortable with it. If several clients are too eager to hire you as a freelancer, you might want to rethink your hourly rate. On the other hand, if clients are very interested in you at first and then stop communicating with you after they hear what your hourly rate is, then you need to lower your rates. In other words, feel customers out to see whether your fees are appropriate or not.

If you have determined that your fees are too high, you might need to lower your overhead in order to lower your fees. Try cutting some of your unnecessary expenses in order to make ends meet. When you make enter the world of freelancing, sometimes there’s a little suffering at first. Don’t worry — it doesn’t usually last long if you know how to save when times are good.

Check back next week for Freelance Pricing Part 2 – Quoting to Win! where we look at applying your freelance rate in a pitch or proposal.

  • While very good information, we shouldn't be copying other publication's posts wholesale.
    – DA01
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 17:18

Price depends on tow things

  1. time take by project in hours
  2. how skilled you are

like i can not do work in php in same time other developer are doing and possibilities are higher to take more time so level of skill is also required

also its depends on type of work, typical artistic work cost more money

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