I'm firmly in the camp of not billing per hour for freelance projects. I believe if you have a good feel for your skills and can properly evaluate a project, you can make much more by bidding on projects at a flat rate. I know this doesn't work for every situation, but this post outlines why it works for most.
From offering your clients predictability to giving you the motivation to work more efficiently, there are tons of great reasons to consider not billing hourly. Ryan also gives some advice on how to handle the projects that are difficult to estimate.
The Freelance Rate Mistake Costing You Millions by Ryan Waggoner
A year or so ago I was influenced heavily by the book Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual. It was one of several driving forces that made me rethink my development career and start this newsletter. John is at it again with a new offering. Now he is writing a book in a series of blog posts. He has great insight on how to be successful, both as a developer and in your personal life.
The blog series (book) will focus on these sections:
- Getting Started as a Software Developer
- Getting a Job
- What You Need to Know About Software Development
- Working as a Developer
- Advancing Your Career
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide by John Sonmez