Dec. 11, 2020

Pros and Cons of Hourly Pay

Pros and Cons of Hourly Pay

Choosing the fee structure for your new freelance project can be a challenge and one size does not fit all.

In freelancing, there are few types of fee structures you can choose from:

  •  Hourly pay
  •  Per project
  • Commission-based

In this episode, you will….

  • Learn what is an hourly pay as a fee structure
  • Know what are the advantaged and disadvantages of being paid per hour
  • Have a clear idea of why you should charge per hour


  • Jim Rohn said ’’if you don’t like how things are, change it. You are not a tree’’. So, after you tried pay per project and you noticed that it is not for you, you do not have to quit freelancing, look for another fee structure that will adapt to your business’ needs.
  •  ’’Hourly pay it’s easy to use in a hybrid approach: mix it with pay per project. For example, a web developer might work per project however when it is about revisions, they might charge per hour’’.


  • Sell value, not time!
  • When you calculate your hourly pay, make sure you include all the time you might spend with your client in meetings that are not usually paid, the time you spend looking for clients, which again, is not paid.
  • Aspire to become an expert so you can, later on, package your service.
  • When you use an hourly rate, know that being paid $50 per hour you, but don’t own that entirely. You have taxes to pay, health insurance, bills, and so on. Therefore, you will earn less than that.
  • Make your life easier. Track your time. Use to track your spent hours for a specific project. Clockify is a simple time tracker and timesheet app that lets you track your work hours across projects. On top of that, it’s free!
  • Never stop evaluating the value you are providing in an hour, so you can take better decisions if would be best to switch to pay per project.

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