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Can a solo freelancer hire a PM, and why would they want to?

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Can a solo freelancer hire a PM, and why would they want to?

A reader writes:

Is it financially feasible for a solo freelancer (Ex: Developer, Designer, Marketing Consultant, etc.) to hire or partner with a PM on their projects? How can a one person shop afford to hire someone like you without taking a loss on the project?

As a follow-up, what are some of the benefits of working with a PM when you specialize in another discipline? How can I leverage the fact that I have a PM on my "team" to better sell my services and provide a better client experience?

Why yes, yes it is feasible for a solo freelancer to hire or partner with a PM on their projects.  But before I go into that, let's start with your follow up:  what are some of the benefits of working with a PM and how can you leverage them? 

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What's my rate?

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What's my rate?

A reader writes:

I'm about to start my first freelancing job, and I'm not sure how to set my rate. Is there an industry standard, and if so does it vary based on location? I'm also not sure of the etiquette for how to go about telling a client what your rate is. Are there any best practices in how to go about communicating that information?

Such a great question and one I've seen asked a lot, which goes to show you how tough it can be to price yourself as a freelancer.  Luckily, smart people have already thought about this and there's ways to figure this stuff out.

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