Re: Rates

Subject: Re: Rates
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:18:37 -0400

> I don't usually write like this, have been TWer long enough. Don't use this as my writing sample! These are the facts:
> I left a job.
> I was salary.
> Hourly rate calculated @ $22.
> Offered contract @ old job.
> Old job wants 13 hours a week.
> Hourly rate $22, same as salary hourly rate.

Nonononono.... Hourly rate >= 2x salary hourly rate. Otherwise when
tax time comes, or doctor visits are needed, you're screwed.

> Tax person said, "Save 50% of net pay for taxes."
> That would make it $11/hour.
> I don't want that.
> 11 x 13 = 143 net pay
> I want 50
> 25 x 13 =  325 net pay
> I will work 9-1130 PM Sun through Thur.
> I want the extra $ for extra things I want to buy and provide for my family.
> I get up every day @ 6 AM.
> That means 6-ish hours sleep.
> 53 hours/week
> I'm young enough, can handle that.

I'm a bit lost with the above but I think I catch your drift.

> What do I do?
> 1) Take 22 and make 143/week
> 2) Walk away
> 3) Counter with 44 so my actual take home is 286
> Do you think countering lower than 44 is worth it in this situation?

No. $22/hr is an insulting rate for a professional. Your salary
calculated hourly is not an accurate equal rate and your
employer/client likely knows this. Counter with $44 or MORE and if
questioned explain that everything that comes with a salary now needs
to be factored into an hourly contract rate to accommodate being taxed
as a self-employed person, to accommodate health insurance costs, and
to accommodate all the other costs that come with running a business,
since you are now your own employee.

> Questioning ...

Answering... Stand up for yourself and the value you deliver.

Bill Swallow

Twitter: @techcommdood

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