Originally Posted by chrishirst
In most cases be the cheapest!!
This is how I started out.
Thinking back - I can't believe I did things at XYZ price but if you lack the experience then it also means the quality isn't going to be great therefore don't expect to charge £25 an hour if you don't know what Colour Range does..
Also try and build experience through friends and family - see if anybody close to you has a business and offer them next-to-nothing rates so that 1. You're helping someone close to you; 2. They won't come down on you like a ton of bricks should something go wrong (presumably!?) and 3. you gain experience without the pressure.
But of course you do eventually need to go out into the field so start low and eventually you'll notice the progression.
I've been freelancing for 3 years now (prior to this I was in full time employment for 5 years).
London based Freelance Graphic Designer and Web Developer