You always turn in your projects on time. You go above and beyond for your clients. They often ask you if you’d like to work for them again. If this sounds like you, then it it is likely you give your clients great value, which means it’s time to ask yourself, “Am I charging enough for my services?”
How to Decide if You’re Charging Enough
For contractors, it is important to ask this question every so often. You want to be sure that what you’re charging reflects your cost of labor and expertise. To find out how much you should charge for your rates, look for the average rate for the type of work you do by either performing an online search on it and investing in market books that list the lowest, average, and highest rates for your field. Then, jot down which rates seem to fit you and the kinds of services you offer.
Cases Where You Should Charge More
There are several cases where charging more makes sense. For instance, if you are an expert at your field, charging more can give you momentum to keep producing exceptional work. It will make you more excited about what you do because your business will be growing financially.
It is also important to keep in mind that solopreneurs should charge four to five times what they hope to have after overhead, taxes, paying for software and hardware, and performing administrative tasks. Doing this will help them gain enough profit to continue sustaining their careers. For more info, see also: Are You Charging Enough for Your Time?
If you conclude that you want to charge more for your work, make sure your services are so good that every dollar your client is paying you is worth it. When they look back at your service, you want them to remember how well-done your service was, rather than how much it cost.
Important Things to Keep in Mind
If you’re worried that charging more might make it difficult for you to keep your clients, remember that clients who care about high quality work won’t settle for the cheapest offer. In fact, understanding which rates are perfect for you to charge can do wonders for your business, especially if you are great at what you do.
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