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Freelance rates for designer & developer in Berlin

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Hey guys,

 

I'm looking in to freelancing here in Berlin after 5+ years working for an agency in UK and 7 months here in a start-up environment as a UI/UX designer and front-end developer.

 

I was wondering if anyone had any tips for getting started, mainly:

 

 



  • What is an appropriate day rate to charge in Berlin?
  • Would you advise i get an accountant to deal with tax etc?
  • Any other potential hurdles :)

 

 

Thanks

 

Paul

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The biggest hurdle will be finding customers.

 

What you charge is a mixture of (1) what customers will pay - the cheaper you are the easier it is to find customers - and (2) what you need to live. My guess to calculate maintaining your current lifestyle is your current gross pay, plus 20% for additional social contributions (that your employer pays today) plus another 20% as you'll have to pay your own holidays, and maybe another 19% mehrwertsteuer... (just made up numbers)

 

Have a look at this website: http://www.existenzgruender.de/englisch/self_employment/index.php

 

And see if you can find something comparable (from Germany) on a freelance website like odesk.com, to see what the current market rates are.

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