Wondering how to go from miniscule freelance writing rates to rates you can actually live on?
Here’s a great interview.
“You can’t compete and you won’t survive on low rates. There will always be someone out there who will charge less than you. And that market of clients is always trying to figure out how to pay lower rates for writing. So, figure out why you’re afraid to charge what you’re worth and work on solving that problem. If you feel that you need bylined clips, get some. A lot of writers will tell you not to write for free, but if you have to give away one bylined clip to a credible website or publication to increase your rates, I say it’s a worthwhile investment. That was more than one thing, wasn’t it?”
Tip: Charge for consultations
You’re king (or queen) when it comes to setting your rates. Every prospective client has a budget — some clients may not be able to afford to hire you. That’s fine. They understand that. It’s fine to ask people who approach you what their budget is for the project.
Some will tell you, but others will hedge: “I’m not sure.”
The “not-sures” can turn into a real time-sink.
Here’s how to avoid wasting endless hours of writing time on clients who basically just want to pick your brain: charge a consultation fee.
As a rule of thumb, your consultation should be double your hourly rate. So if you’re making $60 an hour, your consultation fee would be $120 for a one-hour consultation.
Angela Booth’s writing guides have been created to help you to make money from your writing every day. Join the thousands of writers who are making great money with their writing skills.
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