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[iOS] MyPrice helps freelancers know how much to charge their clients for any job
Posted By Tucker On March 12, 2013 @ 12:40 AM In iOS | No Comments
My mom recently retired, but she wants to keep busy with some freelance consulting work on the side. We were chatting the other day about how the hardest part of both of our jobs is knowing what to charge our clients. Whether you’re a freelance consultant, writer, designer, or in some other field entirely, bidding on a project is often more stressful than the work itself. Bid too high, and you’ll bid yourself right out of the running for the job. But bid to low, and you’re not doing yourself any favors. Thankfully, I found an app that might just help me out the next time I’m submitting a project bid: MyPrice.
MyPrice helps freelancers what to charge for their skills. You can get rates for hourly or per-project work. Fees are calculated based on a number of factors, including your location, your experience level, and the project itself.
There’s never one right price for a particular freelance project. However, this handy app can help make sure that what you are charging is in the ballpark. Say you just moved to a new city. You might be charging rates that are either too high or too low compared to what others in your area would charge. MyPrice takes your location, as well as your experience level, overhead, and education into account when calculating your hourly rate.
One beef I have with this app, helpful as it may be, is with the questionnaire. It could be more flexible: there are plenty of people out there who are both self-taught and have formal education that relates to their work, but the app will only let you pick one of these options. Additionally, the app makes you select whether you predominantly work with big companies or small businesses….and as someone who works about equal for both, I wasn’t sure what to pick!
Also, some of the business expense questions are tricky: you might not buy a new computer every year, but you might buy a new one every 2-3 years. However the app asks how much you spend per year on things like software, computers, and conferences…all of which might be biannual expenses for you, rather than annual ones.
I wish that there was a tool in the app that would allow you to adjust your hourly rate based on where your client was located, instead of focusing on my location. This would be helpful when converting my rates into another country’s currency, or knowing if I should charge overseas clients more or less than my standard rate.
While it’s not perfect, this app is really quite well-designed and very helpful. Check out MyPrice if you’re a freelancer…you might just find that you’ve been undervaluing your skills for years!
Version reviewed: 2.1.2
Requires iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS version 5.0 or later
Download size: 25.5 MB
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 MyPrice on Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myprice/id470627490?mt=8
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