Billing for audio production as a freelancer
Hi all! New week, new question! I've been presented with an opportunity to do some freelance work. It's a small project with a client who's never employed a consultant (they do all their work in-house). In talking with the client, their expectation is the consultant is responsible for obtaining professional narration services. They have requested a quote with total project costs detailed.
This is the first time I've done a quote for total project costs, rather than being paid by the hour. I'm good with estimating my time, but I'm hitting a snag in regards to the audio production. I have a company I've worked with in the past (in the private sector) and I've requested a quote from them. HOWEVER, I have an idea of what they will quote me and it's not the kind of money I have lying around. What is the appropriate way to deal with this? Is it reasonable of the client to expect the consultant will front the audio costs? If so, is it reasonable to ask for an advance to cover the audio costs?