Let’s talk about Hourly vs. Contract pay- for example quantifying service in design contracts. Here are a couple articles that I think will help untangle that sticky situation. There’s a ton of really helpful advice out there for designers which I feel can be applied to any artist working on a commission. I googled working freelance, by the job or hourly and found a ton of great stuff for designers.
From Bidsketch -by the way- this blog is an excellent resource for small business and non-profit.
From Career Foundry
From Freelancers Union
From quoterobot – This one is a really good way to see how to figure out your math when getting started. I recommend those of you that make objects for sale vs design use this type of math as well. It’s a good way to separate yourself from the creative act and really figure out what your product is worth.
From Leaving Work Behind
From Benrmatthews – this one is really good because it takes into question how to interact with clients about your rates.
In all, make sure you have a contract drawn up before you enter into an agreement with any client- even if you are bartering. This keeps things clean and give you a leg to stand on should a client try to get out of your deal.