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Episode 60: 5 Ways Design Fees Are Better Than Hourly Rates

Are you still charging hourly rates? If so, listen up because this is for you!

In this episode, we’re going over the differences between working on an hourly basis vs. working on a fee basis as a designer and why I switched to working on a fee basis in my own business.

The only thing scarier to your potential clients than a big price tag is the uncertainty around how big that number might actually get. When you present your services with an hourly cost, that number has the potential to grow indefinitely, and that would make anybody nervous! People want to know what their financial commitment actually adds up to. 

Not only is selling your services as a package deal beneficial to your clients, but it’s also beneficial to your business. By presenting your work as a fee-based service, your billing process, project management, and client commitment rates will improve. In this episode, I’ll be talking you through the reasons why!

Topics We Cover in This Episode: 

  • Why charging hourly rates won’t get you the compensation you deserve
  • The benefits of presenting your services as a package deal
  • How a fee-based business makes billing more efficient
  • What a design fee means for budget, rate, and hours
  • The cons of billing hourly
  • How to talk about budget

Do you work on a fee basis or an hourly basis? Is your current billing method working for you and your business or could you benefit from trying something new? Give fee-based services a chance! If you came here with questions about design fees and hourly rates, I hope this episode answers them. 

Do you have your ticket for the Design Biz Summit 2023? Learn how to confidently and gracefully charge $35k plus design fees without breaking a sweat. Overhaul your interior design business in three days and finally get paid what you’re worth.Get your tickets HERE!

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