In Fab Freelance Writing Ezine this week, our theme was “How Much Do You Charge?”
That’s a vexing and befuddling question for many writers.
Unfortunately, only YOU know how much you should charge. You need to ask yourself some questions.
Here’s an excerpt from “Devilish Writer: How to Charge What YOU Want, and Get PAID” with the questions you should ask yourself.
When you’re offered a project, your fee for that project depends on many variables including:
1. You (And all that that word entails)
2. The client, and his business (Tiny micro business or huge corporation?)
3. The situation (How did the client learn about you? Was he recommended? Did he see your ad? Did you bid on his project?)
4. The time frame (How soon does he want it? Is it doable for you in the time frame?)
5. The project (How much is it worth to the client? Do you want to do it? Will it be a “showcase” project for you, or does it sound too boring or aggravating to bother with?)
6. What’s the client offering? (Is he genuine? Is he a competitor scoping out your rates and services? Does he sound as if he knows what he’s talking about? Is he willing to pay you to work up a quote? Does he want a free consultation?)
If you’re a new writer you’ll be uncertain about “how much.” Developing the right attitude will help you. That attitude is: “It’s my time, energy and skills, and I decide how much I’ll charge.”
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