This is a dilemma many freelancers face. Making best, productive use of time. Job searching is time-consuming, as is often the interview process. Even once a contract has begun, there are other time 'cost' factors, such as correspondence, Skype and IM chats, research and so on, that are often completed for free. I would imagine many freelancers find themselves in this situation, wanting to please the employer and secure potential ongoing work at the same time. But this can become very costly. How and when can you approach and justify to your employer that you should also be paid for this time?
asked May 13 '11 at 08:42
It all depends on mutual understanding between the employer and the freelancer. May be for new employer if there is a potential of future work, freelancer can offer discount on these things but s/he should let know the employer about the extra time spent.
Freelance should have the diplomatic abilities to develop trust with employer and educate them if required that there can be situations during execution of the project where time need to be spent on research etc. Also freelancer should clearly tell employer that time spent on communication is actually a part of the work and is very much necessary for smooth execution of the project and quality of the work.
Regular employer with whom you built a rapport may not even ask you too much details about the time-sheet you submitted.
If some employers doesn't understand this, you are always free not to work with them in future.
answered May 13 '11 at 10:37
That's a tough question to answer, especially when what seems to be an initial chat on instructing you about work has turned to a weekly mind mapping session. Part of my 'going the extra mile' for my clients is to talk to them each week about the progress of work - for free. I charge extra when I'm asked to come up with ideas or solutions for the project and I make sure that the client is informed of this circumstance. In the real world, you are paid for time spent on team meetings to brainstorm ideas. It really depends on what your client will allow as paid time and how you negotiate a deal about that. Research is classified as work so I will consider it as billed time. That's me :)
answered May 17 '11 at 05:02