I am very new to the freelancing scene. When I started I was getting financial advice from a family member who then hired me to create marketing materials.
It was a comedy of errors. They kept supplying me with terrible content that needed extensive editing, and due to a scheduling error for a photo shoot I wound up having to do two, In the end, I completed two photo shoots, seven finished poster designs, four original graphics, as well as various reformats and editing. Through all this, I was always “behind” because I’d get the necessary information the same day as it was due.
At a certain point, I realized I’d spent hours and hours on this but hadn’t discussed budget (again – I was new). So I asked. They got very suspicious, acting as if I was going to fleece them, and then asked me to come up with a quote since it would be “good practice for me.”
Me: I settled on a quote.
Client: Okay, how much is it?
Client: WHOAH. Why is it that much?
Me: You gave me a LOT to do and at $X an hour…
Client: There’s no way! I don’t have the budget for that.
Me: All right, just tell me what your budget is and I’ll work to that.
Client: No. Just write up another quote!
In other words, I have to shoot in the dark until I wind up shooting myself in the foot, woefully undercharging for my time.
It’s bad enough when a family member underpays you – it’s worse when they make you do it to yourself.