If you aren’t sure how much you should be charging as an hourly rate for freelance projects, check out the FreelanceSwitch Hourly Rate Calculator website. It includes interactive forms that help determine your business expenses, then asks how many days a year you work and what you want your annual profit to be. It then calculates how much you should charge per hour. It offers values in Euros or US dollars, and is a handy tool for figuring out if your freelance rates are on target.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.