Freelancer Productivity Quest: The Ultra-Schedule


Jessica Hische, freelancer, in search of the ultimate day-schedule:

When I moved to San Francisco I was suddenly surrounded by people with “real jobs”, who didn’t have the flexibility I had (and who loved filling their weekends with fun non-work-related activities). I found myself, more and more, conforming to a normal office work schedule, running into the same problems I had the last time I kept a 9-6 workday (i.e. giant unproductive blocks of time before and after lunch), but compounded by all the additional running-your-own-business daily bullshit.

She reorganised her day schedule using a few basic rules (such as: “No deadlines on Mondays”), resulting in a tight – but more importantly workable and productive – schedule, packed with for fun and for work moments.

Productivity Quest: Ultra-Schedule →

Getting to your minimum hourly rate

So how do you calculate your hourly rate? That’s easy, it’s the salary you want to make, divided by 52 weeks a year, divided by 40 hours a week. Simple!

Right, right?! It’s a tad more complex than you might thing at first:


Next to showing one how to calculate the minimum rate, it also holds some golden advice:

If you go below your minimum rate, even for a friend or charity, you are hurting yourself and your business. There is no shame in passing on work, if you are putting yourself in financial trouble.

Getting to your minimum hourly rate →