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How this fashion freelancer is charging 85 dollars per hour during the pandemic

SFF131 How this fashion freelancer is charging $85/hr (during the pandemic!)

June 07, 2021

One of the most common myths about freelancing in fashion is that brands won’t pay a fair hourly wage. Today’s guest blows that myth out of the water–sharing how she’s been charging up to $85 an hour over the past year (yes, during the pandemic!). From tips on finding clients, to pricing, retainers, and contracts, this interview is packed with the kind of freelance advice no one else in the industry is talking about.

In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover:

  • How Paige went from zero responses to having brands come to her
  • The secret sauce for getting client referrals
  • Why she shares her work online–even though she knows it can be stolen
  • How she calculated her hourly rate (there’s a formula!)
  • How she negotiated a retainer with a long-term client
  • Why permalance positions aren’t as great as you think
  • The best way to learn how to freelance
  • And more!

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About Paige

Paige Wilkins is an apparel designer with over eight years of experience working for leading global brands in the fashion industry.

Born and raised in London England, Paige studied Fashion Design in the north of England at Leeds University. After graduating with a 1st class honors in 2012, she moved to the United States to pursue her dream career in fashion.

Now residing in Arizona, she works as a Freelance Apparel Designer & Creative Consultant for commercial and custom apparel design projects with a focus on Kids & Womenswear.

Loved this episode? Next, check out Episode 103: How to make more money as a fashion freelancer (than in a full-time job)!

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