The Ultimate Guide to Charging for Freelance Design Work

By: Kelli Smith

Category: Blog, Design, Ultimate Guides

So, you’ve gotten yourself some mad design skills, but maybe you’re still wondering where your mad money is? Whether you’re new to the field and struggling to pay your bills or an experienced freelancer but not making what you know you’re worth, we’re here to help! We’ve got you covered with our real-talk guide about what you should charge as a freelance graphic designer, visual designer, UX designer, or web designer. (Bonus: The guide also applies if you’re a freelance developer or in digital media!)

This guide, written by an experienced freelance designer who’s done client projects for small businesses, agencies, and well-known brands, will give you a clear and practical understanding of what to consider when calculating your rates. Before you know it, you’ll be commanding the income you want while doing the work you love.

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • How to calculate expenses – and make sure they’re all covered!
  • The 4 keys to consider when deciding what to charge as a designer
  • The 3 top options for calculating design rates
  • What to do if you feel like you’re underpaid as a designer

Don’t miss out on these insider tips that’ll erase any doubts about setting prices for design projects. Download your free copy of The Ultimate Guide to Charging for Freelance Design Work and be confident that you’re earning what you deserve!


Kelli Smith

Kelli worked in international logistics and then freelanced for years as a corporate language trainer and translator before following her passion and making a career change into tech - in her mid-40's!

She was both one of the first Skillcrush students and one of the first Skillcrush team members, starting as our customer support manager and now serving as our Operations (aka HR) Manager, a writer for our blog, and a career counselor.

Kelli is a Texan living in Finland who loves tech, podcasts, Corgis, emoji, gifs, and, most of all, practicing for and going to catalan style line dancing events all around Europe.

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