Calculating Your Hourly Rate as a Freelance Instructional Designer

Katherine Pisana, Instructional Designer

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11 Videos (1h 50m)
    • Preview

    • Introduction

    • Class Project

    • Pre-Work

    • Why It's Important

    • Identifying Your Functions

    • Your Rates

    • Annual Rate Increases

    • Completing Your Rate Sheet

    • Recap

    • Take It a Step Further


About This Class

What does an instructional designer do and how much do they get paid?

That's the gist of what this class covers. It's a deep dive into the process of putting a dollar value to your time working as an independent instructional designer. 

The class is self paced, which means you can complete it in your own time. Given that this learning experience is designed for adult learners, there’s a lot of flexibility built in to make it adaptable to busy lifestyles.

For those of you at the initial stages of considering going freelance, you’re likely juggling many balls, including full-time work. That usually means you block off your time by the minute and will want to complete this class in manageable chunks so that you don’t have to book vacation time to get it done. If, on the other hand, you’re currently unemployed and want to get your freelance operation off the ground as soon as possible, you’re likely going to want to power through.

You can choose to do all ten lessons in this class in one sitting, complete one lesson per day for ten days, or any combination in between — it’s up to you. If you choose to complete the class in one go, you’ll have your rate sheet by the end of the day. If you choose to do one lesson a day over ten days, you give yourself space to reflect on your progress and add to your work as your ideas evolve. There are significant benefits to both approaches, so consider what aligns best with you.






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Katherine Pisana

Instructional Designer

Katherine is the teacher's teacher. 

Formally trained with a masters in online and distance education, a specialization in adult training and development, and years of experience working within the higher education sector in both Canada and the UK, she infuses her instructional design practice with fluency and precision.

For over a decade now, she's focused on cultivating her instructional design skills and has built a flourishing consulting business leveraging a proprietary framework she built while working alongside university professors and content experts from the corporate world. Her process makes curriculum design and course development simple, systematic, and scalable.

It's a malleable system to suit private and institutional clients alike and for the first time ever, she's sharing her secret sauce with you in a series of Skillshare courses. The Instructional Design School is a spinoff of her educational consultancy and offers everyone from professional instructional designers to those creating courses in their spare time with precise tools to create meaningful learning experiences in both formal and informal environments.

Whether you work in training and development or create courses as a hobby to teach the world about your passions and unique skills while generating a passive revenue stream on the side, learn new ways to create high-quality courses simply and elegantly.