First the simple facts:
I charge £160/day ( £20/hr) for skilled joinery work. If the job is short i charge £90/half a day or £25/an hour.
I charge £180 to teach any of my skill set where I provide tools and/or materials and for consultancy work such as advice on natural building, wood and land management.
I’m generally happy to have a conversation on the phone for free if you are simply after asking a question. If more time is needed I am happy to agree a set time consultation so you can determine the cost to you in advance.
Any work that doesn’t fall into above categories – Please get in touch to discuss.
Then a bit of a thought behind this:
I have taught myself slowly over the years to ask for the right price for my labor. I think the above is fair price and reflects my level of skill and care and allows me to have stress free approach to work and life.
I have learned over time that once you take into account all the faffing behind the scenes, unavoidable job time creep, overheads, NICs, tax, down time and potential injury/illness time you are probably taking home about half of what you charge an hour. So if you start at £10/hr you are actually paying yourself less than the minimum wage.
I appreciate than many people make less than this an hour and struggle to make ends meet, but I also believe that by exploiting myself as a self employed person I am not helping anyone but just adding to the ranks of stressed, overworked, dissatisfied workers on an inappropriate level of pay or conditions of work.
If you would like me to work for you but wonder whether you can afford my services – talk to me. I can help by agreeing to receive the payment in installments or can at times afford to throw in some time for free. I am happy to do this and it makes me feel good about the value of my work. Having a low hourly rate to start with makes me feel bad about myself and my work. Being on a low rate makes me feel stressed and I feel compelled to rush jobs and as a result feel unhappy both while working and with the end result of my work. I believe this is not in my interest or the interest of my customers or community. I want to do a good job and this way I can.