>Even those who "moonlight" (I just consider it freelancing) have to pay
>taxes on their supplemental income.
Of course they *have* to pay taxes. But some folks that make money on
the side do not pay taxes on it. And because they don't pay taxes,
they figure they can charge less. I've run into this in this field
and other fields. An example outside of this field happened to me
recently. I needed an electrician to do some wiring in my house. He
gave me two quotes: a cash price and a check or charge price. The
cash price was $700 but the price if I wrote a check was $1250. I had
a similar experience last year when trying to subcontract some
illustration work to another illustrator.
>After buying materials, producing promotional mailings,
>making phone calls, billing for the work, etc., the actual hours spent
>drawing are just a portion of the job.
These things and taxes (and food, and rent) are a large factor that
determines the hourly rate. If everybody were paying taxes, then the
playing field would be a bit more level. Because you take these
things into account, chances are that you and I are charging about
the same hourly rate, more or less.
We will always have people that charge too
little. They won't survive long - either they will have to raise
their rates or they will go out of business, or they will get caught
by Uncle Sam for not paying taxes!
Wm. Keith Harrison
Drawing Nature, Inc.
P.O. Box 35
Glyndon, Maryland 21071-0035
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Hours: Tues-Sat, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m.