how much should i charge friends

How Much Should I Charge Friends for Freelancing Services?

I have another video training for you today! This video looks at the big question so many freelancers have... how much should I charge friends for freelancing services?

It's one thing to set your rates for the general public. But what about when friends are involved?

We're getting to the bottom of that today!


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Some more things to keep in mind when a friend asks you to do freelance work for free: Are you a freelancer or thinking about starting to offer freelancing services? Prepare yourself to be asked A LOT about working for free! In this blog post & video chat, discover answers to questions about how much should I charge friends, should I charge friends, and things to think about when doing work for free or at a heavy discount. :: freelance tips ::: working from home tips :: pricing strategies for freelancers :: Click on over to get the scoop!

  • This is your business. You need to make a living and be able to pay your bills! The time that you spend working on projects for free is time away from paid projects that you could have worked on.
  • It's totally okay to price services on a case-by-case basis. Is it something that takes you 5 minutes or 5 hours to complete? Does this friend need you to deal with it ASAP and do you have to put other important projects on the back-burner? Is this your best friend/someone who has done tons for you over the years, or is it a friend who you get along well with but borders on being more of an acquaintance than anything else?
  • If you're discounting instead of doing it for free, don't go any less than a 50% discount. If you typically offer freelancing services at $50/hour, you could perhaps charge a friend $25/hour. If you're going to discount it, you still want to be able to at least cover some of the time you put into the work. There's not really much point in charging a friend $5 (in that case, just ask them to buy you a cup of coffee sometime!).
  • When you're just starting out, doing work for free or at a discount can be a GREAT way to gain experience and get testimonials. If you've never had a client before, then your friends are the perfect "clients"! Offer to work on projects in exchange for a testimonial and to be able to use the work as a sample for your portfolio, for example. Doing this in the beginning will get your foot in the door in your industry.

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  1. Pinned this for future reference as I am starting to get requests from friends and family (especially for writing web content) and have no clue! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Awesome, glad I could help!

  2. Oh yes, that is what I do…I charge on a case by case basis.

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