OK, so the title sounds a little melodramatic, but on some level, it’s pretty damn close to the truth.
Whether you’re a recent graduate, a veteran freelancer, or an out-of-office-hours illustrator doesn’t matter – we all want to be paid a fair rate for what we do. You do. I do. It’s a given. The only problem is, a lot of us are out there working, but without knowledge on what’s fair, so when a client comes along and offers to pay you a fixed fee for a job, or sets a daily rate for the same thing, it’s all too easy to smile, shake their hand and be their new best friend for a while.