A year and few months out of school in NYC, had internships throughout school, a FT design job doing all sorts of designs, have a good book and can do a lot: what should my freelance hr/day rate be?

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How badly do you need the money? What is your current overhead?

In a vacuum, I’d say your day rate is around $300, and your hourly is around $40/hr.

When you negotiate, is it better negotiate in hourly or a day rate, considering an agency is bound to have long hours sometimes?

Hourly is the way to go. You get time and a half after 8 hours. If you do negotiate a day rate, aim higher. So $50 an hour or $500 day rate or higher for example. Good luck!

Oh thanks! And is it customary that the agency provides a contract to sign or am I supposed to prepare one?

I’d say closer to $400-500, but NY is a little tight right now. As far as paperwork, depends on the size of the agency. Big firms won’t sign your contractor agreement, while small shops may ask you to provide one. Negotiate everything via email / phone / person and then ask how they prefer to finalize it. It’s ok to let them lead the way on that. Review any paperwork they give you, but it should be pretty straightforward. Good luck!

Thanks! That’s helpful! And is it normal that a contract will specify how many months the work will be? Or can the two parties terminate the gig anytime?

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