What should I offer as a rate? I really enjoy working with this family and want to keep the relationship amicable, but also fair. The family is doing research on a fair rate, as am I, and we have agreed if they are completely off that we can probably work something out in the middle. I am currently only doing 'date night' and sitting gigs, so my rate is $45 for up to 5 hours, and then $5 an hour after that. Obviously that doesn't seem fair, since I'll be away from home and the comfort of my own things. Thank you in advance for any help! I have a few days to come up with a number, so I'm looking for as many responses as I can get.