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Day rate to hourly rate

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum' started by humanorgan, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. humanorgan

    humanorgan Guest

    Hi all, I'm new here and would love some advice. I currently charge £130 per day but my client has now drafted up a contract I need to sign asking for my hourly rate. I've not worked one out, but I assume it's £130 divided by 8 making it £16.25 per hour? Also, is it normal for a client to now want to change what type of rates they pay me? I have been working full days since i started with them 6 months ago so it's not a problem if they did change their minds but just wanted to know what everyone's opinions were. Thank you! :)
  2. mary444

    mary444 New Member

    What I prefer is to charge on Hourly basis. This will never waster your effort. I think you should first analyze the graphic Design work that you get from Client.
  3. JPDesigns

    JPDesigns New Member

    I tell my clients that I don't do hourly rates.
    It's because I've had bad experiences where clients quibble over exact hours.
    Most of my tasks and projects either take days, half a day or quarter of a day.

    I tell clients that my working days are between 8 and 10 hours, because work often overruns and I have to get things finished.

    This makes them happy, because the feel they're getting more value for money rather than me just stopping when the exact hours they've paid for run out.
  4. IntoTheWhite

    IntoTheWhite New Member

    Do you work in house for this client or from home? Just checking how many hours you currently do for them in a day so you don't do yourself out of any pay. IE 9-5pm with 1 hour lunch would be £130 divided by 7 hours, 9 - 5:30pm with 30 mins lunch would be £130 divided by 8 hours.

    Also it's not unusual to have a slightly higher hourly rate than just 1/8th of a day rate, as ideally you'd want to encourage them booking full days. You don't want to be in the situation where you're regularly getting 5-6 hours a day and then realistically don't have time to fit any other jobs in the remainder of that work day.
  5. faheem21

    faheem21 New Member

    The Daily Rate

    You are paid for the number of days you work. This type of rate tends to be favoured by clients in the finance sector and also tends to be for those on the higher rates (around £400+ per day).

    From the clients point of view they get a better grip on their budgets since they can ask you to work extra hours sometimes to hit a deadline without finances spiralling out of control as they would if you were on an hourly rate. You would then typically get the hours back another day when work was not so busy and leave the office early.

    BEWARE! There are some clients who take advantage of the daily rate and you can end up being expected to work 50+ hours a week, and weekends, which incidentally does not pay double time in the contracting world. This is typical in large financial institutions where huge managerial politics are at play. Often a manager makes a tight commitment without consulting his staff then puts the screws on the staff to make it happen. If this makes you unhappy then it is down to you to politely inform the manager of what you consider to be a reasonable working arrangement. This could result in you parting company but then you might think life is too short to be stuck at work all the time. You could try the phrase '..bad planning on your part does not represent an emergency on mine...' if you want to be marched out the door by a stressed angry boss!

    The intention is not to paint a bad picture of daily rates. It all depends on the client and the boss. The advice is to make enquiries before you accept the contract. But, do so in a way that does not make you look like you are not prepared to work hard. Most contractors should be prepared to put in the occasional long day or week to get something finished provided it is not all the time.

    The Hourly Rate

    The hourly rate is better than the daily rate. The client and the contractor knows exactly where they stand. You are paid for the number of hours you work. This type of rate is more common than the daily rate and is normally for rates below £40 an hour.

    It can be a risky game for the client to play unless they put a cap on the number of hours. Some dubious contractors quote a low rate then put in 60 hour weeks of face time to make more money. Clients need to be aware of contractors with no lives!

    Suffice to say, most clients who pay hourly rates do put a cap on the number of hours between 35 and 40. Overtime requires sanctioning from a manager.

    Compared to some of the excessive working on daily rates the amount of overtime on daily rates is much lower indeed. Most managers do not wish to ask their boss for more money to complete a piece of work due to bad planning by them. Hence it rarely happens. On occasions you might be asked to do overtime but then claw the hours back another day - this avoids the overtime going down on record.

    The hourly rate is better than the daily rate. The client and the contractor knows exactly where they stand.

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