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Published on March 18th, 2006 | by Rahel Bailie

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What’s the right price?: Rate structures for contractors and consultants

What rate do I charge clients? That’s the most frequently asked question I get from contractors just starting out.

When am I a contractor vs a consultant? How do I charge the right rate for my services? Should I have multiple rates for different services? What about subcontracts? What about expenses and GST? With the changing market, setting a rate structure is not a simple task. These are all questions asked on a regular basis.

Discuss these and related issues at the April 4th meeting of the Contractors and Independent Consultants STC SIG. If you want to submit a question beforehand for discussion at the meeting, email rabailie -at- intentionaldesign -dot- ca.


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About the Author

Rahel Anne Bailie is a synthesizer of content strategy, requirements analysis, information architecture, and content management to increase the ROI of content. She has consulted for clients in a range of industries, and on several continents, whose aim is to better leverage their content as business assets. Founder of Intentional Design, she is now the Chief Knowledge Officer of London-based Scroll. She is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, she has worked in the content business for over two decades. She is co-author of Content Strategy: Connecting the dots between business, brand, and benefits, and co-editor of The Language of Content Strategy, and is working on her third content strategy book,



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