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I'm a bit of an idiot and am looking at getting my freelancing feet wet in the very near future. I am wondering if anyone may have some resource suggestions regarding both the average, going rates of design these days, as well as something on turnaround time, be they good books, websites or anything in-between. I have never worked an official design job, don't have any designer friends and the few projects I have done in the past have been for people I know well, so worked pro bono or very, very cheap, and deadlines were never very strict, giving me the luxury of taking the scenic route: I wouldn't know what to tell a stranger who needs a logo or tri-fold how much it would be, nor when they would have it by.
I know I've seen some books on the shelves that may cover some of this information, but whenever I've had money for a book I'd buy the pretty ones with lots of slick pictures of different work, never the one that could maybe help me on my way, oh, no, of course not. Well, it's time that changed, so if you may know of one in particular that'd be a great help – and start.