Costs

Don’t you find it off putting when you can’t find one clue about costs when you are considering ‘getting someone in’? I certainly do; here's my solution.

Variables 

I take into consideration the varied skills I will use for your project and the duration of the work.

  • If you need ‘simple’ you won’t pay for ‘advanced’.
  • When there are economies of scale in longer term contracts, I’ll make them.

Whilst I don’t charge for skills your project might not seem to need, they are always available if it turns out they are. You get great flexibility with me.

I freelance because my career aspirations are based on my research skills and my interests in health, charities and evidence and my relative lack of interest in faffing about with generic management tasks. I can (and do) think, advise and query like a manager but I don’t chose to make my living as one.

As a result, there are minimal ‘management’ level costs factored into my charges.

I also take into consideration whether

  • you are a health charity, run from a kitchen table by a tiny work-from-home or volunteer staff and a small income;
  • you are a health charity with a few professional staff, working out of rented office space and maybe one or two paid fundraisers;
  • or you are a medium sized or larger health charity with paid staff, the matching infrastructure, need more complexity and have a whole fundraising department.

I will quote for easily defined simple tasks.

I will estimate for complex tasks likely to have an unpredictable timeline or work flow. We will jointly agree when uncertainty on the exact work involved is a risk and plan how we accommodate it.

Costs and charges

If I was an employee, my employers would pay various on-costs over and above my salary. As I am self employed I pay those on-costs myself. They don’t vanish, sadly. Thus my charges have to cover those costs. That’ll be my National Insurance, pension, a computer, printer and up to date software, an internet connection, virus and spyware protection, telephone and utilities. I also need to earn enough to permit holiday periods and the occasional day off in any week.

Multiplying the Day Rates by 365 is definitely not going to be my annual income. I don’t work 7 days a week, for a start! The charges are before tax, too.

The advantage of engaging a freelancer is still, of course, the convenience and cost effectiveness. I’m only there when I am needed and I’m safely packed away in my original box when I’m not.

Rates 2014-15

1. Set term – when X number of days are contracted over a period of time e.g. five days over two months. If you only need a small amount of my time half the day rate applies.

Small health charities - run ‘from the kitchen table’ with no employees

           Day rate £185

Small to medium sized health charities - with up to 20 full time equivalent employees

               Day rate c.£200

Larger charities - more than 20 staff  

               Day rate £215+

2. There's a PDQ flat rate, for everyone - which pays for any urgent, 'tight spot' support/research/fact finding for which you have a sudden need, maybe within the next 24 hours. If I can deliver faster than a 24 hour turnaround, I will. There’s no charge if we discover the task is not deliverable within the PDQ time period. I will tell you as soon as this is the case.

PDQ flat rate £165, on completion

3. Long term or complex projects will be separately and specifically negotiated, dependent on the complexity, predictability and flow of the work.

Remaining details  

What’s always included? Occasional ‘Oyster’ travel to anywhere it reaches around London, ‘normal’ amounts of printing and ordinary postage, UK telephone calls.

What’s usually extra? This is not an exhaustive list, but it indicates what I consider ‘out of the ordinary’ costs: high volume printing, most likely literature reviews; occasional out of pocket expenses e.g. photocopying in libraries; purchase of password protected USB sticks if needed for confidential data transfer; travel outside of M25 by rail or car; overnight stays and subsistence away from home.

Invoicing is monthly in arrears, to be settled within 30 days.

I live in London but of course broadband and a ‘phone means I am accessible to the whole UK. As a rule, I expect to work from home but I could work from your office temporarily, subject to negotiation.