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FreshBooks Launches Hourly Rate Resource for Self-Employed Professionals

New analysis spotlights median hourly rates for common professions in the independent workforce

Toronto, Canada— FreshBooks— the #1 accounting software solution in the cloud for self-employed professionals and their teams— released a new resource today to help U.S. self-employed professionals across dozens of fields determine their optimal hourly rates.

Fifty-five million Americans—around 35 percent of the workforce in the United States—are self-employed, contributing an estimated $1 trillion to the annual GDP. Yet, many independent professionals struggle to price their hourly ratesoften underestimating what they’re truly worth. FreshBooks’ new analysis is intended to arm self-employed professionals with current data to help determine optimal rates – and provide people considering independent work a transparent view on the market.

“The majority of self-employed professionals don’t have access to market data to help them determine what they should be charging for their expertise,” said Mike McDerment, the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks.“A little more transparency can go a long way to giving small business owners confidence when pricing their services to the benchmarks of other self-employed professionals in their field.”

FreshBooks’ new tool includes median hourly rates in some of the most prominent fields, including lawyers, construction workers, IT support staffers, management consultants, and creative professionals.

Key findings include:

  • Legal and Law professionals—at a median rate of $200/hr—had the widest spread of hourly rates, ranging from $30 to $450/hr. The analysis also found that law was the most lucrative of surveyed self-employed professions.
  • Construction and other trade workers have some of the lowest base rates, at $15/hr—but could charge up to $150/hr.
  • Creative professionals, like artists and graphic designers, have the smallest spread of hourly rates—charging anywhere from $20/hr to $145/hr, with a median rate of $60/hr.

“When I left my full-time gig five years ago, I felt like I was undercharging for my services all the time. I employ many different freelancers, and it’s difficult to determine an hourly rate because of the multiple skill-sets they bring to the table,” said Lincoln Parks, CEO of WebMobileFusion digital marketing agency and a FreshBooks customer. “I have an idea of what the going rates are for freelancers in the digital realm, but at the moment don’t have a tool that helps determine what to charge. Reaching a profitable and competitive rate can be a significant deterrent for professionals looking to make the leap into full-time self-employment, but more insight into the marketplace will lower the barrier.”

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About FreshBooks FreshBooks is the #1 accounting software in the cloud designed exclusively for service-based small business owners and independent professionals. The company has helped more than 10 million people process billions of dollars it’s ridiculously easy-to-use invoicing, time-tracking, expense management, and online payments features. Recognized with six Stevie awards for best customer service in the world, the company’s mantra is to “execute extraordinary experiences everyday.” Based in Toronto, Canada, FreshBooks serves paying customers in 160 countries. www.FreshBooks.com.


Cara Newlon, cara.newlon@berlinrosen.com; (703) 899-3206

Carly Moulton, pr@freshbooks.com 416-780-2700 ext. 361

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