A true story: I posted this recent exchange on LinkedIn and got some very positive feedback… from other freelancers
Agency email, calling upon me to help last minute:
“Your costs do seem quite high versus some of the other visualisers that I have spoken to, so fingers crossed we won’t go over the £192.50″
“I rarely go over the time I quote, however not knowing your working methods I have to allow some contingency, anything else would be naive and foolish.
“I have many years of practical experience in creating, developing and designing a whole range of live projects – and my usual rate of £45/hour reflects this. I am charging you a higher rate because you have a short turnaround – as stated on my website – too many clients are pushing 24-hour turnarounds when it is not necessary, or they have failed to plan the production process.
“I am big enough, bold enough and wise enough to work this way – with all my fingers uncrossed.
“I am sure other people are cheaper – there is often a good reason, but it is not my concern and I don’t really need being told that.
“So on that basis I will leave it to you to find another, cheaper, and less tetchy designer who has no work and no clients.”