How much should a freelancer be compensated for project-related travel?
April 24, 2011 5:35 AM Subscribe
I'm being asked to travel to a 3-hour meeting as part of a freelance project I'm working on. How much time should I be compensated for?
I am a freelancer in a field where travel is usually not involved. However, I've agreed to work on a project where the end client wants all project participants to attend a meeting that will involve an afternoon plane flight, hotel overnight, morning meeting, then return flight in the afternoon.
The initial offer is that the end client will book and pay for the flight and hotel, plus per diem and 8 hours of my hourly rate. I feel like this is a little bit on the low side due to the fact that it will be essentially disrupting a day and a half of my normal schedule.
This feeling of dissatisfaction is probably also colored by the fact that the meeting in question is taking place in a city that I've been to several times and dislike, and my involvement in the project is only about 2 days' worth of actual work. If I were getting a big paycheck out of it, I'd feel a little more generous about literally "going the extra mile" here.
However, if this is a pretty typical amount of compensation for a freelance/consultant request for travel, I will just suck it up and try to appreciate the opportunity to sleep on a fluffy hotel bed and not have to cook for a couple of days.