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New Consultancy - How much to Charge?

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springhassprungohmy Thu 04-May-17 00:02:28

I am about to start trading as a self employed consultant.

I'd be really interested to know what sort of hourly rates consultants charge.

Any ideas?

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Cantseethewoods Thu 04-May-17 00:08:54

Consultant in what ? Breastfeeding, hostage negotiations or aeronautical engineering? It is somewhat relevant to the question.

SummerKelly Sun 07-May-17 20:06:56

I'm a management consultant and I charge £50-70 / hour working with charities, which generally covers all expenses.

Hekabe Mon 08-May-17 15:30:58

Sorry OP - need a little more info! I am a freelancer/self employed and have different rates for the different services I offer (well, that makes e sound like Pretty women doesn't it?) Some work is £20phr, some £30... some £50. Some contracts I work a day rate of £250. But then I have two separate areas of expertise...

springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 21:40:46

Sorry chaps, that was pretty vague!

I am a soon to be ex-lawyer.

Doing niche work that lawyers currently charge 200 + for.

No competition (that I know of).

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Pardonwhatnow Mon 08-May-17 21:45:09

Still too vague.

If it helps, if a professional person thought someone else could suggest an hourly rat for them based on the info you have provided, and that was all I had to work with to establish what their time is worth based on their understanding of the information required to give an informed answer or opinion - I would say minimum wage, and only because it's a legal requirement.

springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 21:54:56

OK thanks very much, that's really helpful

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springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 21:55:56

I asked what others charge for consultancy work - if you can't answer that, maybe best not to respond to my OP?

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Pardonwhatnow Mon 08-May-17 21:56:27

Ok then. £72.43 and hour?

Seriously. How are people supposed to give an informed answer or opinion based on the info provided?

springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 21:57:11

I am asking what YOU charge - if you are a self employed consultant. Have you read the OP?

If you are not a self employed consultant i'm not interested in what you have to say!

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Pardonwhatnow Mon 08-May-17 21:59:59

I charge £150 to individuals and businesses and £100 to charities, but that is based on specific skill sets in a specific industry in a specific part of the world (I am not telling you what they are as too identifying).

Travel, initial meetings to discuss scope of the work etc are charged differently depending on what is involved.

I am opening a restaurant and charging for food. What should I charge for a three course meal? Unfortunately you won't know the location, star rating, number of covers, cost of ingredients, surroundings or meals served but your feedback would be appreciated.

Can you see the issue?

Suzietwo Mon 08-May-17 22:00:00

360 p/h

springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 22:03:20

OK forget it, Pardon.

I can't give you any more details either - perhaps it was a bad idea to post on here. As you were.

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springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 22:04:29

And I wasn't asking what I should charge - I was asking what others charge. Jeez. My OP perhaps didn't make that clear, but subsequent posts certainly have.

All the best to you and thanks for posting.

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thesandwich Mon 08-May-17 22:08:19

I was once advised to think what salary you would command f/t and divide by 200 to give you a starting point. But massive variety.

Suzietwo Mon 08-May-17 22:10:38

I answered the question

springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 22:12:06

Yes you did thank very much Suzietwo

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Pardonwhatnow Mon 08-May-17 22:15:52

So did i

Bookishandblondish Mon 08-May-17 22:41:15

Slightly different perspective - I use a lot of self employed consultants in different sectors. Top rates tend to be SMEs - I use them for a few days in a project - lower rates tend to be full time.

Day rates range from:
£1200 - ex big 4 partner with very strong national network/ internationally renowned consultant with serious professional/ public background/ media friendly

£850 - accountant with specialist SME

£750 - full time technical architect in remote area

£500 - full time programme managers etc

£300 - PMO support

£900 - literally the end of the country, normally would pay £500 but travel and expenses

Bear in mind the full time gigs are normally 3 months min and the SME can be as little as 2/3 days on a ten week project.

springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 22:49:55

Thanks Bookish - great name btw!

What are SMEs please?

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Newtssuitcase Mon 08-May-17 22:50:10

I think you're approaching it from the wrong angle. Surely you're a self employed solicitor. In which case charge a reasonable hourly rate for a solicitor. As a self employed solicitor you still have to work through a law firm though.

I set up a law firm and so I'm not self employed but I charge a rate which is significantly lower than my former partner rate. I am very busy charging out at that rate. If I charged at my old partner rate clients might as well go to the big firm with all the support that offers

The rate I charge now is roughly what I charged when I was about 3-4 years PQE (rather than 20+). I flex it though depending on the client and the type of work. You have to make sure you cover the cost of your professional indemnity insurance/all of the various SRA charges/ Data Protection registration etc etc before you even start earning anything.

Newtssuitcase Mon 08-May-17 22:51:33

There is also a minimum PQE level for working for yourself as a lawyer (didn't apply to me and so not sure what it is)

springhassprungohmy Mon 08-May-17 22:57:39

Thanks Newsuitcase - I will not be working as a solicitor. As you will know, to do that I either have to join an existing 'practice unit' or else form a new one. I don't want to do either of those things, so I will not be working as a solicitor. I will be a consultant.

Interesting to hear your experience though. How many years qualified were you when you set up?

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Newtssuitcase Mon 08-May-17 23:52:32

You need to be very careful. If there's any indication that you are holding yourself out as a solicitor then there will be action taken and there are various types of work that you just can't do. I know various people who've been stung trying to get around the rules (for example doing tribunal work as a "lay person"/"employment consultant" but trying to charge clients for it)

I had over 15 years PQE. I worked for about 6 months as a consultant (through a different law firm), whilst setting up my own form - which takes ages and is a form filling nightmare.

LineysRun Mon 08-May-17 23:57:03

An SME is a small to medium enterprise.

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