For about half my career, off and on, I’ve done contract or
freelance work as a designer and web developer, but I’ve also taken full-time
positions as well. Recently, a headhunting agency contacted me after noting my
So, are you looking for hourly short-term independent contracts, or permanent
I’m open to either type of work.
So, what are you looking to make in terms of salary?
a permanent salaried position, I’m looking to make about 90-100k per year,
depending on the company culture, benefits, and type of work.
90k works out to $43 hourly. Now, if we could secure you with a three-month
contract at that rate…
Actually, if I’m working a short-term contract, my hourly rate is higher. I
charge at least between $55 and $65 per hour for short-term contracts.
No, you don’t understand, you wouldn’t be working for
the client in that case, you’d be employed by our agency, so the rate would be
$43 per hour. That’s what 90k works out to hourly.
understand I’d be paid through your service, but my hourly rate as a
contractor, for short-term contracts, is higher, because the work is irregular
and short-term. Also, I pay significantly higher taxes when I am doing
independent contractor work.
No. You see, you’d be paid by us, so you’d be paid as a 1099 employee through
our company, not the client, and we’d do all the paperwork.
You do understand that it is quite typical for an hourly rate for contract work
to be significantly higher than long-term employment, don’t you? There is no
long-term commitment or reliability of steady income with contract work. After
a three month contract is over, I might not have income for a month or more,
depending on the market. All independent contractors, to my knowledge charge a
premium for short-term freelance work, versus what someone would pay a hired
employee who actually works for the company.
Well, you’re just going to price yourself out of the market. And you realize
you don’t have to charge more, because we’d do all the paperwork.
the paperwork would be the 1099 forms?
you’d charge the client for my work?
$55-$65 dollars an hour?