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ecyrbe • Edited on

Hello, as a freelancer myself i can give some hints.

But remind yourself that freelancing in western europe can be very different than eastern one or than western america etc...

So everything can be different depending on your country.

When it comes to freelancing, a lot of people may want to do it for many different reasons. Here is a short list (not exhaustive) :

  • money
  • organize yourself like you want
  • choose your clients
  • starter for creating a bigger company

Some tips that apply to western europe :

  • you can get paid much, much better if you work in cities with a lot of high-tech opportunities
  • you can have hard time finding clients if you are working remotely without a lot of clients around then not have much choice on choosing clients, negociating better hourly rate...
  • usually, on site work is better paid than remote one.
  • you'll find more work if you work with front end web technologies or mobile technologies
  • evoid working for foreign countries, laws are different, you'll have a hard time complying with them
  • if you work for only one client at a time, don't bother take an accountant, you can do the bills and recovery yourself, you'll save some money.
  • don't forget to take the fact that you will need to pay yourself for medical care, paid holidays. so add these plus taxes, else you'll end up earning less.
  • check the daily or hourly rates for market around you and see how much other freelancer with your experience charge. you don't want to charge less.

Here is an exemple, in France, Paris :

  • a web developpers can charge between 400€ to 800€ per day depending on their experience and if they work remotely or not.
  • my price is 700€ per day. But in the end with commercial share (to the company that found me my client), taxes, insurance,etc i'm left in my pocket with half of this money. This means around 7000€ per month Net (all king of taxes, expenses deduced)