This blog is all about busting myths: Is there a freelancer fee? Is there a client fee? Do both freelancers and clients pay a fee?

We’re here to clear up any misconceptions and bust some myths! 

What Fee?

We do charge a fee, but it is charged to our clients not our freelancers. 

Clients are charged a 20% fee on top of your rate. You should keep this in mind when negotiating your hourly or fixed rate with your potential clients.

How Does the Fee Work?

When you are scouring the job board looking for the perfect fit, you can see all of the project details, skill sets needed, location preferences, client’s budget, etc.

On the Job Board, the client’s budget does not include the 20% fee.

How to do the math: You don't need to. FreeUp does this for you! The rate that you can see in the ticket is the freelancer rate already.

However, if you're interested to know the math: In order to get the client rate, take your desired rate and divide it by 0.80. The incorrect way is to take 20% of the freelancer rate and add it to the client rate. 

  • Correct Example: Take your desired rate $80/hour freelancer rate divided by 0.80 = $100/hour client rate. $100- 20% is $80.
  • Incorrect Example: $80 * 0.20 = $16.00...$16.00 + $80 = $96.00. As you can see, it does not come out to $100

Negotiating Rates 

We know that not every rate will be your cup of tea. Luckily, you can discuss hourly or fixed rates with your clients before being hired by them. 

There is a way to know if a client is willing to negotiate with you. Our job board allows for a client to show that their budget is flexible.

All you have to do is let the client know in your introduction email that you want to negotiate with them. Then you can discuss it during the interview with the client. 

Remember to keep that 20% fee in mind while negotiating.

Client vs. Freelancer Rate on FreeUp

We hope this blog clears up any confusion regarding the client fee on FreeUp and how it affects our freelancers. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact!