What's the going rate for freelance work?

I was recently laid off and have decent instructional design skills and experience building elearning courses.

I've been asked to do some freelance work but am stuck on what to charge for my services.  I don't want to charge too much, but at the same time I don't want to undersell my skills.  Can anyone give me some general guidelines for freelance work?

Thanks in advance.

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Chris Wirick

I think anyone billing at $50-60 per hour is selling himself/herself short. Your plumber/auto mechanic charges you more than that! Factor in self-employment tax, health insurance, the costs of marketing/web hosting, software, hardware, plus the fact every hour you work will not be a billable hour (acquiring clients, self-development, etc.) and you'll be living like a pauper despite your years of experience and unique (and in-demand) skills.

We need to stop marginalizing ourselves as instructional designers/eLearning developers by undervaluing our services and expertise.