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The following questions raise immediately after opening Upwork(oDesk) account:
What are the average rate on Upwork(oDesk)?
What rate to use in profile?
What is the best rate for beginners?
When to raise/diminish rate?
What cost/rate to use when applying for a job?
The notes below applied for programmers
The average Upwork(oDesk) rate is from $3 - $50/hr. See all freelance rates grouped by specialities
Specialists use $20/hr. Most IT specialists who are just graduated and does not have much experience as rule use $5/hr.
For example, acoording www.freelancehourlyrates.com site:
You make use your current salary + 30-50%.
You always can negotiate the rate when applying for a job.
Than smaller project cost is then as a rule a customer is less adequate. Such customers want to make huge amount of work for 5 cents.
Large project budgets as a rule have wise customers.
Large rate in your profile attract customers attention, no doubts.
You can begin from $7-15 to earn first rating and feedback.
If you put the rate less $7/hr, then you may lost among less qualified specialists.
In some cases make sense to suggest a lower cost to show your loyalty to a customer and explain why: as for example, you may not fully correspond the job requirements.