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I’m on a long term freelance assignment, billing on a day rate. Since I am booked for this agency, I’d like to bill for their staff holidays (Memorial Day, etc). What’s the norm?

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CD 1 is 100% correct. If you’re working on the weekend or holiday you bill for it. Just make sure they know ahead of time that you’ll be working. But if you’re just looking to bill on a holiday b/c it’s a holiday that they have off than good luck keeping that gig. Your success as a freelancer is as much about maintaining good relationships as it is about the quality of work you deliver. And what you’re proposing is a nickel and dime recipe for early release.

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Exactly

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I don’t see why you’d bill on their holidays. Paid time off is a full time benefit, like paid sick days and health insurance. Plus, nothing is stopping you from booking that time to another client, so there’s no “you booked me you pay me” thing going on here. (Assuming you had knowledge of this non-work day ahead of time.)

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You can’t get paid as a freelancer if you don’t work... that’s why you’re a freelancer and not ft.

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If they just give you the day off like everybody, I dont think you should bill it on the rationale that “I cant work anywhere else that day.” Everybodys closed in theory. If they make you work the holiday like its a normal day then absolutely, but that doesnt seem to be what youre asking.

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If you work it, you bill it.

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As long as you’re working that day, just let them know ahead of time. If you’re not working that day either, don’t get greedy or else they’ll ditch you

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Only if you’re working on those days. If they decide to give the agency an extra Friday off, I just lost a day of work. That’s the business tho

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holidays, weekends, late nights are a different rate.

Working those specific days should be double, triple.. your normal rate. You define the rules. Yes, even at larger companies. As contractors we don’t get paid for holidays. We are not employees. That’s an absolute no from a legal perspective.

If you are not a temp employee on w2, you can't get the holidays as paid. If you work on a holiday, definitely bill. But, it's pay for a work day, so no holiday pay. I miss being on as a temp employee for this reason. If you add up all the holidays in a year, it's definitely pay missed out on.

Right. That's what I was saying. The original post is asking if they can get paid for holidays if they don't work.

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