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Hi all,

As a freelancer, of course I do know very well what the going rates in my region are for my line of work. But that is only good for longer-term assignments, where you play the "hired hand" that reinforces either an existing team or works on a project team.

However, one of my clients from a while back has asked me to return to their company for just one day, to give hands-on consultancy on how to package one particular application. Now I was wondering how this should be reflected in my rate? Are any of you using some form of multiplication key for this kind of short-term consultancy, like, e.g., consultancy rate = normal long-term rate X 1.25?

Thanks for your thoughts & input.
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Well you need to take into account travelling time, and extra recompense for the fact that you don't have any the long-term security of a long term assignment. I would say (your normal rate x 1.5) + (the cost of travelling)

Of course where you are effects the cost of travelling. Here in the UK the accepted rate is 40p per mile. So I guess in the US $0.80 per mile would be a fair amount. So you'd have to work out on Google Maps the distance, if it is 30 miles away, then you have a to and a from, to that makes 60 miles per day. So in UK terms that adds £24.00 per day.

Which is not an insignificant amount. Don't forget to charge mileage for these short term assignments.
Answered 06/16/2011 by: martyns
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Fair enough guys. I took martyns advice and set my rate at normal x 1.5. Travel expense did not really matter, as the customer is not very far from where I live. And they were quite happy with my rate (so I probably ought to have asked a little bit more... [:D]). Thanks for your input!
Answered 06/21/2011 by: Jonassis
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My rule of thumb is always 25 - 50% more per hour if it is just one day unless they book something ongoing. The way you should view it is the same as bulk shopping: the price goes down with more bought. Sounds like you got your help tho!
Answered 07/04/2011 by: ashjones
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I always charge by estimated amount of time for the job. I include all time spend at the job, gathering materials for the job, and getting there.
Answered 07/19/2011 by: misselle33
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I use $.70/mile
Answered 09/29/2011 by: cnow
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I guess there is no hard and fast rule because it depends on competition, your level of skill, and size of the company. Being a freelancer without insurance and assured regular income, there is a need to review your rates often and to be flexible.
Answered 01/27/2012 by: Brilivant
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