You Charge How Much?

May 18, 2017

 

 

As a Freelance Personal Assistant, I provide a variety of service to my clients; from event management and proofreading, to administration and personal shopping, marketing to de-cluttering, house sales to research projects and everything in between. With extensive experience and various qualifications gained throughout the years, I give quality time back to people with busy lives who just don’t have enough hours in the day to fit everything in by themselves.

 

Throughout my time working as a freelance PA, there have been occasions when I have had to substantiate the amount I charge per hour for the services I offer. I don’t usually take offence when someone questions why they should pay me £25 per hour for the task/s they require completing as I don’t think that people initially see the value that a PA can provide.  I thought I would look into the intricacies of payment for various professions to see just where my hourly rate sat within the grand scheme of things. The rates below are an average of the multiple sources I looked at.

Cleaner - £10

Painter/decorator - £10-£25

Gardener - £15-£30

Girl Friday Harrow - £25

Mechanic - £44-£141

Handyman - £70

Architect - £75-£150

Plumber - £80

Electrician - £90

Solicitor - £226

 

NB. The minimum living wage for workers aged 25+ is currently £7.20

 

As a freelancer, I look after all elements of my business to ensure that everything runs smoothly; marketing, promotion, advertising, accounts, banking, budgeting, equipment, administration, networking, IT, design… the list is endless and that’s before and after the client work!

 

As a freelancer, I don’t get health insurance, a company pension, a company car, childcare vouchers, staff discount or any of the many benefits that most employers provide. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid so you won’t find freelancers taking many sick days and any holidays I take are obviously unpaid.

 

As a freelance PA, you can employ me for one hour or as many hours as you need so you only have to pay for the time that you book. For anyone who only needs an extra pair of hands occasionally or doesn’t want to pay a regular wage, that’s the flexibility that a freelancer can provide you with.

 

The majority of my clients are people with busy professional lives and people who would prefer to spend their free time having fun instead of attending to chores.

 

£25 per hour?  I know that I’m worth every penny!

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