I was being hired to write web articles and would be paid per article. So I wrote just a few articles initially – as a way of “testing” my client.
If marketing scares freelancers, pricing confounds us.
How do you even begin to determine how much your work is worth?
Over at Shelancers, I learned a formula for computing my hourly rate. It’s based on how much I would like to earn and how many hours I work.
Because I’m a writer who actually loves both words and numbers (yes, we exist), this formula makes perfect sense – if you want to charge an hourly rate.
I do not.
Yesterday, I turned down yet another assignment. This has been happening frequently since I decided to stop accepting new assignments recently. It’s kind of a “happy” problem. On one hand, I’m glad that I am attracting a lot of clients who would like to work with me. On the other hand, I hate having to turn them away!
So I’ve been thinking, “Is there a way for me to get more things done and accept more clients?”
Now that I’ve been freelancing for almost a year, I can see that freelancing is not for everyone. The first step in making that jump from office work to freelance is to decide whether or not you have what it takes to become a freelancer.
We all want to be our own boss, but do we all have the drive and dedication that it takes to be successful without the watchful eye of our supervisors? The first time I sent a press release for my (other) home biz, I hesitated before clicking the “submit” button. I wasn’t used to being the sole person to clear a press release and deem it ready for distribution. For over a decade, I had a supervisor making that decision. If anything went wrong, it was his or her call, not mine.