I work as a full-time freelancer for the past 8 years and I occasionally receive job proposals from random clients from a forum I’m a member of.
Client: Are you looking for work? I have a part-time job that takes 10 to 15 hours per week,managing a website. A lot of it is working on auto-pilot but some things require a human. What are your hourly rates?
Me: Yeah, I could take that on. What’s your budget?
I didn’t know if my minimum $25/h would scare him or be too low.
Client: Yeah, it’s pretty simple and fun. About the hourly: we had this dude, paid him $15/h, good worker. We now have this other dude, doesn’t do much, misses deadline, doesn’t communicate and we pay him $5/h. So if you could do what the first dude did and we pay you like the second one, that’d be great.