How Rates work

With Cavalry, our goal around rates is to reflect and support market rates and the natural negotiations that occur around any Freelance project. We do not want to create an artificial environment that encourages dramatic decreases and increases in rates. 

We support Day Rates not Hourly Rates:

Cavalry also operates using only Day Rates given most projects in our industry are rarely shorter than a day. However Freelancers can amend invoices to reflect portions of days if this is what they worked or agreed with their client. 

How rates are used:

Rates used in Freelancer Search
  • Freelance Profile Rate - When Freelancers register they provide their standard rate which can be edited at any time. This rate is never shared with Companies. 
  • Company Search Rate - When a Company starts a search, they can choose to add a day rate as part of the search query. 

How we use these rates:

  • If a Company rate is not provided in the search query, we will compare the rates of the recommend Freelancers and display this comparison using up to three "$" symbols to signify who is more or less expensive ($ = cheap, $$ = in the middle, $$$ = expensive).
  • If a Company rate is provided, part of the ranking of a Freelancer will be influenced by how close their rate is to the company rate. The number of "$" signifies how cheap or expensive the Freelancer is in comparison to the company rate ($ = cheap, $$ = in the middle, $$$ = expensive).
Setting a rate for each Gig

Once a Freelancer has been contacted about a Gig, they are prompted to supply a rate for the project. This rate can vary from project to project. The company can accept that rate or query it by messaging their rationale for a different rate. The Freelancer or company can change their rate as many times as they like while they are in the stage of the workflow prior to a booking. However once a Freelancer has accepted a booking request, neither party can change the rate. 

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