Whether you’re a seasoned freelancer or just starting out, choosing the right price point for your client’s projects can be tricky and stressful. Today I’m going to walk you through the iOS app MyPrice, which is designed to factor in all of the variables to determine the most appropriate valuation for your time and effort.
Step 1: Set Up Your Profile
Putting the right price on your time and your work is one of the most crucial decisions you can make as a freelancer, and for good reason. The ideal rate will convey to your client your personal value for what you do. It will assert your expertise in your field, and your intention to make a living from your craft. However, there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into account when determining that magic number. And doing so can be an arduous process.
MyPrice considers all of those factors by asking you to respond to a series of questions before suggesting an optimal price point for your work. When you first launch the app, you’ll have to fill out your Profile. This is personal information that won’t necessarily change from project to project, and will establish an ideal rate for any hourly work you might perform, outside of a contracted project.
PDF (Portable Document Format) is a pretty standard means of passing information along. As freelancers, we have many opportunities to send and receive PDFs, but as a traditionally read-only medium, it can be a bit difficult to manage edits.
This tutorial will walk you through a few of the core features of PDFpen from Smile Software that many freelancers might find most useful, including how to make changes to the text of a PDF and how to add a signature.
Part 1: Working With Text
Since invoices are such a big part of freelancing, let’s begin by make some changes to a recent invoice that I drew up.
Editing and Correcting Text
The first thing I notice after creating my invoice is that some of the wording in my greeting at the bottom is not quite the way I want it. We traditionally think of PDFs as read-only files. But it is possible to make edits to a PDF, and PDFpen makes that easy to do. In order to change the greeting at the bottom, chose the text-select tool from the toolbar and highlight the text in the PDF as you would in any other document.