What is my job, and how much should I get paid?
December 4, 2013 12:17 PM Subscribe
I am doing a freelance job where I translate, write, and design. How do I find out what my market value is? Is there a handy googleable title for what I'm doing?
posted by Pwoink to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I write letters, surveys, and form templates on behalf of a small business owner. They tell me what they want in Russian, I translate it to English, fill in areas they were vague about with my own writing, and make it look nice. One project might be more about translating their dictation and designing it to their specifications (for example, creating a survey postcard to send out to customers), while another might be more about writing ("I need a thank you letter to this person for that reason, mentioning these anecdotes, by Thursday.").
In case these details are relevant: I'm self-taught in all three of these skills. I've got a college degree, but I didn't major in any of these topics -- though, I did take at least one class in each, and was top of the class each time. My "business expenses" amount to the tea and soup I buy at the coffee shop I do my work in. I work slowly rather than banging these projects out, so I'm hesitant about charging per hour.
How do I find out what I should be charging?