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GT Bulmer wrote:Hi, Kevin:
If I hired a family member or friend to do work that they receive professional pay for from their regular clients, I would insist on paying them the going rate. Unless we were bartering to exchange services of some sort. I don't think it is fair to expect a family member or friend to give you a cut rate.
If it was just some casual work they were going to do for me that they might not normally do or get paid to do, then I might negotiate a cheaper rate since it is not their livlihood, just a chance to earn a few extra dollars.
If a friend or family member wanted to hire me to do work I normally receive professional pay for, it would depend on the nature of the work and the timeline or deadline. In some cases I might offer a rate lower than my normal rate. In some cases I might offer a substantially lower rate, if it was something I could just work on whenever I had some spare time.
Kevin wrote:If you're a freelance entrepreneur offering your services for hire, what do you say when the client/employer asks what your price is?
Let's say, you're ambitious and quote a slightly higher than average rate because you believe your time and talents are worth that amount and then the client never returns your call.
What would you do, especially if you needed the money?
a) Stay true to your rate.
b) Lower your rate the next time around so it's more competitive.
c) Call the client back to let him/her know that you'd be willing to do it for less in the beginning if there's an opportunity for more compensation later.
Kevin wrote:Hi GT,
But do you think working for a friend/family member somewhat blurs the lines of "friendship" or "family"?
For instance, if the friend/family you were working for did something nice for you, how could you tell if it was genuine or if there was a "business" related motive behind the gesture?
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