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I’m freelancing at an agency and there’s a chance I’ll have to WFH a few hours over the holidays. Would it be weird/rude to charge x1.5 or x2 my rate cause it’s normally time off?

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They might say no but you should absolutely try for it. Just be like ‘this is my holiday rate’ and see what happens.

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There’s no holiday rate, late night or weekend rates. A FLs rate is already determined in the contract unless otherwise noted or agreed upon. You should essentially be getting paid a higher hourly compared to FT employee, at a rate that you should be comfortable with regardless of the situation, if not, you know you under negotiated and sold yourself short (probably just to get the gig). Price yourself right and according to what your worth from the beginning and stay strong to your guns, then you won’t have that issue or just say you can’t work late night, weekends or holidays. This will also help those in the FL game get higher rates. Otherwise, agencies will start lowering FL rates because there are “discount” freelancers open to work at FT rates. We really need to standardize FL rates by position and location and have an amount for hourly and/or day rates and stick to it. If there is something out there already please share if not, here’s a quick Google Doc, let’s start populating it: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15XhrlC5cgsrG3CNyFdCJNZqJXmy7Mdnpvk5NXctGksM For example, I worked with a freelance CD that was getting paid at an Art Director rate when I know in fact that he should be getting paid more. Unfortunate, but true

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Inject this into my veins

Late nights and weekends yes. Time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, no. You’re a freelancer. And many companies work during the holidays. If it’s a special time for you, make it a special time and don’t work.

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There’s no “holiday rate” unless you negotiated it up front.

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You can certainly be polite about it but firm and honest. I say something like since you had not planned on working over the holidays and it's your time off you do typically charge 2x but since it's only a couple of hours it shouldn't be too bad. It's the truth, your time off is twice is valuable!

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Define a few hours? If 2-3, I'd not wrangle people over it, sounds cheap/petty. If it's >3 hours on Christmas or the weekend, absolutely.

Absolutely charge more. Doesn’t matter if WFH. Still on the clock during holiday.

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