Freelance Writing Rates

Sometimes getting a free writing job seems like the easiest thing in the world; other times it’s like you can give away your skills for free, but you still can’t get clients.

If you’re having trouble getting a freelance writing job — and you’ve sold your ass — here are some suggestions for pricing your services. This makes it easier to log in to customers.

2 Surprising Things About Free Writing Rates Most Freelancers Don’t Know

I’ve been a freelance writer since 1993 and I can tell you two surprising things about rates:

(i) When you’re not logged in as a customer, you rarely rate the question: Well, you want to know why I mentioned it. Because many freelance writers “think” this is the reason they haven’t found a client. And if you think so (that is, you’re not happy with your rate), then this is a problem – whether real or perceived.

(ii) The second is that many freelance writers don’t charge enough (seriously). This is a bigger problem than overcharging. Everyone understands this.

Free writing fee: why you lose your job if you don’t charge enough

So, how can undercharging be a problem? Because customers will automatically think that you are uneducated and/or inexperienced. I have been accused several times in my career. I actually had to defend (yes, defend) my interest rate.

You see, when someone really wants to invest in good content, they don’t mind paying a decent price for it. If you don’t count enough, there are too many others who charge higher, and they can “believe” more professionally, more skillfully, and more according to their needs. So they will bypass you right away.

How to charge correctly so you can get more free writing work

Assess Your Skills: Do You Have a Background in Your Writing Field? If so, you can charge more because you can sell that experience/value to customers.

For example, I write in the real estate, mortgage and small business fields. I have worked as a real estate agent, loan officer (mortgage advisor) and owned several small businesses. So that I can prove to the customer that my price is reasonable.

Evaluate the competition: Regardless of your skills/experience, shop around to understand the cost of the competition before setting a rate. You don’t want to sit too low or too high, somewhere in the middle makes it easier for your customers.

Evaluate your service product: How you charge depends on the service you provide. When examining charging standards for certain services, compare apples to apples and pears to oranges.

If you take these steps, you should easily be able to come up with a free writing rate that you’re happy with — that’s half of getting a writing job.


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