I'm a young, but pretty good UX Web Designer. I just picked up a freelance gig to design the company logo, brand, website, and product. When they asked me how much I charge I just said $45 an hour. I think I went way under what I should have.

What should I do?

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You got in the door. Next or after a few projects tell them you have increased your rate to $55-75. A lot of freelancers will offer a lower intro rate so it wouldn’t be abnormal to increase after a few projects.

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I hadn't heard of that, but I'm also not a big freelancer either. Thanks :)

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“After learning more about the role and thinking about my responsibilities within the team, my rate for this role is $55” (or whatever number you think is fair)

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A shorthand I learned for freelance (and I’m not sure if this is just side gigs or full time freelance— i use it for side gigs) is to take what you make salary wise in a year, remove the zeroes and make that your hourly.

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Dang, if I did that I definitely low balled myself. Haha!

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that’s kind of a lot to pick up off one gig. The work of a team, even.

I’m curious, how did you get the gig? Thinking of going freelance if I can land stuff of this scope.

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Its a start up and one of their primary business guys is a friend of a friend and he hit me up on Facebook. Plus it doesn't hurt to have "Adobe" under my name.

Personally, I tend to avoid freelance, it just has SO many variables where things can go wrong.

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