[ASC-list] Freelance rates continued

Angela Lush Angela at lushlogic.com.au
Wed Feb 2 23:23:57 UTC 2011

I agree with Jenni, once you factor in all the overheads of running a business - insurance, office space, equipment and super, workcover and so on if you employ -then the hourly rate to still make a profit rises significantly.

I think that this is what can make it difficult to grow (if you want to) from a sole freelance science communicator working from a home office to running a larger science communication business out of an office with staff .....  but that is perhaps another topic!

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From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Jenni Metcalfe
Sent: Wednesday, 2 February 2011 9:31 PM
To: Bobby Cerini; asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Freelance rates continued

Just one important thing to add  to these discussions re 'freelancers' and rates...
If they run a business out of an office or office/s, like our business at Econnect, there are significant overheads that need to be covered by any hourly rates, which includes 1000s of dollars on various insurances that clients require you to have.

My Office Manager estimates we spend $400/day to just open the door, and that does not include salaries of our consultants.

And a note of caution re MEAA rates...
I still occasionally write freelance stories for various outlets and I get paid at the MEAA rate... but this is really just to keep my hand in, and my byline in print; it would not sustain me for very long, even if I worked from home!

Jenni Metcalfe
Director Econnect Communication
PO Box 734
South Brisbane Q 4101
jenni at econnect.com.au
phone: + 61 7 3846 7111, +0408 551 866
skype:  jenni.metcalfe

From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Bobby Cerini
Sent: Wednesday, 2 February 2011 3:07 PM
To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
Subject: [ASC-list] Freelance rates continued

I realise my last lot of input was confined to advice for individuals looking to offer freelance services.
Now, for employers, here is my 2 cents worth (which, adjusted for CPI and factoring in on-costs, is now worth 20 cents)

If you are an employer looking for freelancers to do work for you, then there are several things you can do.
Firstly, have a look at the awards and be prepared to pay them. You may be able to estimate a suitable hourly or project rate for the work you need doing.
Secondly, if there is no award that covers exactly what you need, then create a job description and estimate what a person working full-time in that role would cost you.
To do this, you need to know an approximate salary range appropriate for the work; sites such as Seek.com.au are a good source of information about jobs with equivalent duties and responsibilities. You also need to factor in the additional costs of overheads such as superannuation, sick leave, holiday pay and office costs. All freelance rates should factor this in, since the individual has to pay for them too.

You can then pro-rata this total amount down to arrive at a weekly/ daily/ hourly rate. If you know how much time you have to complete the project, you can offer the work as a contract with a lump sum, with or without incentives for early completion.

Also consider whether you require the freelancer to have their own insurance, equipment etc.


Bobby Cerini
PhD Candidate & Consultant in Science Communication

The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)
A Centre for the National Commission of UNESCO

The Australian National University
Building 38A - Physics Link
Canberra, ACT 0200
CRICOS provider 00120C

Email: bobby.cerini at anu.edu.au
Web: http://cpas.anu.edu.au

Telephone: 0415 032 701

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