On the surface, freelancing seems like the dream career. There is no boss hanging over your head, you choose your hours, etc.
But the reality is the freelancing is just as difficult, if not harder than a regular 9-5 job. Many of the things that an employee with a 9-5 job takes for granted is often par for course for a freelancer. Taxes, the frequency and the amount of paychecks, when the next job will come in, etc is part of the daily grind of a freelancer. And of course, the question is how much to charge for a job.
In the updated edition of her book, What To Charge: Pricing Strategies For Freelancers and Consultants, veteran freelancer Laurie Lewis answers this very question. Pulling from not just her experience, but the experience of other veteran freelancers, she answers many questions that make new freelancers nervous and will often confound veteran freelancers.
What I liked about this book was that the advice was practical and easy to follow, but also down to earth. Someone who is new to freelancing might use this book as their bible until they are established and comfortable in the world of freelancing. Someone who has worked as a freelancer for a long time will be able to recognize questions that come up again and again with different clients.
I recommend it.