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You absolutely need to cover your overheads.
You're operating as a consultant. They will likely already expect that you're going to be passing on costs.
Also look into IR35, there's been hefty reform in this area (and rightly so) however there may be some legacy aspects related to dealing with international/overseas firms that may allow you to maximise earnings.
And the old adage: work out what you're worth, then double it 🤠
About a year ago I asked for some advice about the best way to manage a 3-month contract for an Irish company, working remotely here in the UK. It was very helpful so I am back for seconds.
I've been approached to work for a small US company who I have used as a supplier for the past few years. They're expanding their customer base over here (and across Europe to the middle east) and could do with someone like me on the ground in the time zone.
They don't have a UK or European subsidiary setup so I would have to contract with them on some sort of self-employed basis. I expect sole trader as the figures involved probably don't warrant ltd company approach.
They've told me what an employee of theirs would earn but I feel like there should be an uplift to account for the self-employment setup - eg no benefits package, healthcare, pension, etc - not to mention that they presumably will save by not having to pay employers tax on my wage and so on.
Anyone have experience of this? How did/would you handle it?