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“What’s Your Rate?”: A workshop on calculating a minimum hourly rate for freelance work, utilizing real-world factors. Online

One of the most important, and variable, elements of securing a contract for creative services is negotiating your rate of pay.  But how do you put a dollar amount on your time and experience? Placing a value on your work that fits market norms, client expectations, and—most importantly—your financial success, can be a daunting task for any first-time freelancer. Join us for a workshop on how to calculate your minimum hourly rate, incorporating factors from your career goals and estimated cost of living, to empower you in future contract negotiations. No prior business experience is required, but familiarity with spreadsheets is a plus. 


This workshop is led by Tom Hughes, who brings more than a decade of experience advising artists, designers, and creative technologists in business development and project growth.

This is a one of several workshops, contained within the Arts X EShip series.


Wednesday, October 4, 2023
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Virtual Workshop
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Ashley Werlinich

English/Drama Librarian Liaison


Tom Hughes
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Jimmy McKee