Recently I was advising a client on the pay range for a few positions we recommended they hire and they asked about what our ideal pay structure would be. Pay is a complicated topic. Most businesses have some sort of benefits structure that includes insurance, time off, and so on. There are also market conditions, like the current economy, regional cost of living considerations, skill levels, and a variety of other factors that influence pay. Currently, all of our employees are freelance. However, years ago I did have some people permanently on staff. Here is how things were set up.