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The Dog-Eat-Dog World of Setting Rates for Freelance Work

May 19, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

The past few weeks I’ve been making an active effort to pursue freelance work. Mostly, because I am not getting paid enough at work to get by.

The past two weeks I’ve also come across rudeness, high demand, and expectations for free work. I’ve received rude emails demanding I work for free and another email demanding I lower my rate because all I write are “puff” pieces and how dare I charge so much just being the kind of writer I am?

The professionals I’ve come across makes me realize how important it is to educate myself on the freelance world, gain confidence in my work, and stick to my principles on rate. Figuring out what to charge is my biggest hurdle. I either charge too low or I’m charging too high.

So I went in search of some online advice and decided to share what I found –

Popular (but bad) Freelancing Advice You Should Ignore

How to Price Your Services as a Freelance Writer (I found the comment section to be of most interest to me)

The Complete Guide to Setting and Negotiating Freelance Rates

Do you have any advice on breaking out into the freelance world?


  1. Vinny C says:

    Blogger ate my first two comments. Here I go again…

    No advice to give. I’ve been thinking about getting into the freelance writing gig myself. Usually, the fact that I have no idea where to start keeps me from going past “thinking”. Maybe it’s about time I gave it another look.

  2. Julie says:

    This seems to be the “free” economy. Everybody wants everything for free. This is why I run multiple businesses. It increases the odds of making money.

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