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Hourly Pay for Creative Work?

Photo by Graham Richardson.
Photo by Graham Richardson.

There’s a problem with being paid hourly for creative work. Intellectual productivity isn’t based on time, but on quality of output. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can only think really hard and really well for a couple of hours per day, and usually not longer than thirty minutes at a time.

Concentration consumes a lot of energy, and I need frequent breaks to mess around and do nothing in particular. If I billed for that time, I would feel guilty, because I’m not actually putting words to paper or whatever my client is paying me to do. But I need the breaks to recharge in between creating the work.

I asked a mentor what to do about this problem and she suggested charging a day rate instead. So I guess I should figure that out for the next gig.

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