I recently left a year and a half project with Viacom working for their now defunct college brand MTVU. I'm going to be starting some freelance projects, producing animated shorts for a few different brands. I was wondering how you all go about setting rates for projects? I was hoping to charge by the week (assuming I work 40 hrs a week like a regular job). But I was wondering how you guys do it. Do you charge by the hour or week? Does it depend on the scope and style of the project? If you don't mind be asking, what are some of the rates you go by?
I'll be animating narrated stories similar to School of Life videos or animated news pieces.
Also, do you send invoices?? How do you go about cataloging your work/hours and how does it work with taxes?? Does that make sense?