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    Question Subcontracting advice

    Hello all,
    Thanks for your advice about salary/benefits for an entry level web designer.

    I had an interview this morning with a small web design firm, and they offered to take me on as a subcontractor for $20-$25/hour. This seems like a really good deal for me, as I will be able to work my own hours, and also have a chance to learn from some really fantastic designers.

    I am not too familiar with subcontracting agreements. Do anyone have any advice on what to look for in the agreement? Have you been burned before by bad contracts? I am assuming that benefits will be minimal, but I'm not too concerned for now, since I have medical insurance and retirement planning through my wife's job.

    Thanks again!

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    my first question would be, do you get health, dental and life benefits? if not 25 an hour isnt as great as it first sounds. also are they going to take out the appropriate taxes or do you have to do a 1099 and take care of all that yourself? ( huge pain in the butt if you ask me)

    if the wife can cover you, it's not so bad but they dont knwo your wife can cover you so it's still a good potential bargaining chip r perhaps you can work out somethign for coverage fo a type you dont have , dental or vision if needed for example.

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    For an entry-level web designer, a subcontract at $20-25/hr sounds about right. As a contractor, you will likely receive no benefits - just the hourly rate. You will want to know if it is 1099 (you pay your own taxes) or W2 (they payroll you and take out taxes). I would find out if it is full-time (guaranteed 40 hours a week) or part-time (as they need you). If the later, what is the low end or what could they guarantee? Relatedly, will it be continuous projects...or do they forsee bench time (when you will not be paid at all)? What kind of non-compete will they have you sign?

    There are a few different models a firm could run by and it is difficult to say with the information provided under which terms you will be hired.

    I am not too familiar with the agreements for web designers, so hopefully others will have feedback for you.

    Best of luck!
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    The most important things are:

    1. Scope of your service.
    2. Completion dates/times.
    3. Penallties.
    4. Payments and how they are made.

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    Definitely you'll want to ask about benefits in that kind of job. Because if you get sick, they will cut you loose and find someone else in a heartbeat (depending on where you are).

    If you have guaranteed hours, then yes, it is probably a really great job and position!
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