(Closed) Does anyone work as a consultant?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t know much about the going rate for HR, but we have some consultants that  charge $100/hr as writers. We had a graphic designer that charged $80/hr. Keep in mind they don’t have any benefits. I’m in the Washington DC area and this seems pretty standard. Hope that helps!

Post # 5
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Have you double checked with your current company/contract on any non-compete clauses?

I think $80-$100/hour seems really reasonable.

Post # 6
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@SarahSmilesDec28: Agreed 100%


 @roxy821: Make sure your current company allows this kind of arrangement. Many companies have policies that you must inform them of any other work you are doing so they can ensure it does not directly compete with your work for them.

Post # 7
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

SmileI dont do consulting but my Future Mother-In-Law does, and she says that 80-100 is about right, since no benefits will be included.  She flies out every monday and flies back every thursday and says you can charge more if you have to travel, even if its a drive to another city. excuse the emotion insert….LOL for some reason I can only post when I use an emotion first…

Post # 9
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@roxy821: To be safe, I’d discuss it with someone in HR or legal. It depends on how the non-compete is worded.

Some also state that even if another job doesn’t compete it must be disclosed to the company.

Post # 10
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Darling Husband does consulting on the side and he charges $120 per hour. He’s a Mac/iPhone/iPad developer so his rates are pretty standard. 

Post # 11
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

realize you will be contract, not w-2 so you will be responsible for the full 15.3% witholding on your taxes (employer usually picks up half, and employee half), so that will be 1099 income.  Part of charging more is to cover those costs (and lack of benefits, etc.).  As far as pricing yourself out of a job, recognize how much they save by not having an actual employee plus benefits.


Good luck.

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