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    Junior Member Sara Murray's Avatar
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    I have been freelancing for 7+ years and I really like it. I started off doing small one-time jobs for people on freelancing sites, and now I have 3 large and steady clients whom I love. I really like my career and I did not find it super hard to break into. I got my web master certification online from a local college here in MN.

    -What do you do in an avg days work? I wake up and do stuff with my kids. Check email and get to my client requests. Eat snacks. Make snacks for my kids or maybe go to the park for a bit. Then I do any scheduled or on-going tasks for them. Make dinner and that's about it. I could work more but with the kids home it can be challenging so I work about 10-15 hours a week on average.

    -What's it like being a web designer for a company? No clue, I have always been freelance.
    -Job Market? There are tons of jobs out there. This is an expanding market for sure.
    -What is the avg pay? The average here in MN right now is probably $90 per hour. I work virtually for my clients and need to compete with lower prices so I charge $60 per hour. I used to charge less just for small jobs and what not because other people will say they will do it for $5 so you have to compete with that for a while until someone sees the value of you personally and likes working with you. Once you get off the freelancer sites you can charge a more respectable rate. I never went below $30 per hour though.

    Hope that helps!!
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    WDF Staff George Dolidze's Avatar
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    If you go too low, the clients might think you're just a cheap designer with no skills, so take that into account too.
    My freelancer website: DolidzeDesign



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