8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Discount Your Freelancing Rates and 4 Reasons Why You Might Want to

Has this ever happened to you? You've just had a great phone conversation with a potential client. You've typed up a proposal that summarizes everything that the two of you talked about and you're anxiously awaiting the results--but things look really good. You feel like the proposal is just a formality. Finally, it arrives--the answer to your proposal that you've been waiting for. You're sure you're about … [Read more...]

5 Real Reasons Why You Don’t Earn What You Deserve as a Freelancer

You've been reading the freelancing blogs and forums. Everyone else seems to be making a good living, but you're still really struggling. Yet, you know that you're good at what you do. What could be the problem? In this post, I'll examine five common reasons why freelancers don't earn what they deserve. You may find that one of these reasons fits your situation. … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Help Freelancers Who Charge by the Hour

Freelance work is a numbers game. There's only a tiny hourly cost margin between prosperity and ruin. It is a hard decision how you actually need to charge for your work. I don't think there's one answer to it. And neither do I think you should blindly follow anyone's advice when it comes to how you should charge. The best way to start is to look around and see what your competitors fellow freelancers in the … [Read more...]

17 Sure Signs That Your Freelancing Rates Really Are Too Low

One of the scariest things about freelancing is raising your rates. If freelancing is how you earn your living, you may believe that raising your rates will cause you to lose clients (and that can be scary). The truth is that having lower rates doesn't always mean having more clients, and when it does the clients that you are likely to attract are not the clients that you really want to keep. But, how do … [Read more...]

Charging More than the Other Guys

Every freelancer wants to make it to the big time with the awesome clients and the awesome pay. I've noticed that there seems to be an interesting division in the freelance world, regardless of what kind of freelancer you are. Our hourly pay (and if you charge by the project like me, you can still break it down to hourly) seems to be divided into three tiers: Cheap --$10-$40 an hour Affordable--$50-75 an … [Read more...]

How Should Freelance Writers Determine What Price to Charge?

One of the hardest things that any freelancer has to do is determine what to charge for his or her services. If you're a freelance writer (or if you hire freelance writers), then you may have a difficult time determining what the market price for writing is. Of course, your lowballing client would have you believe that nearly all writers work for practically nothing all--but, don't you believe them. A … [Read more...]

Do Lower Rates Mean More Clients?

Here at Freelance Folder we publish an awful lot of posts on freelance rates. Some of our past posts on rates include: How to Set Your Freelance Rates Get Your Clients to Stop Comparing Rates 3 Reasons Your Rates Are Still Low (And How to Start Raising Them) Will You Raise Your Rates in 2010? 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Raise Your Rates Why You Must Quote a Ballpark Figure We discuss rates often … [Read more...]

Why You Must Quote a Ballpark Figure

“I quoted the prospect a ballpark fee for the project, he thanked me for my time, and I never heard back from him.” That’s a common dilemma most freelancers face at some point. If you quote a ballpark figure early on, you run the risk of scaring the prospect away before you have a chance to explain the value of your services. But, if you wait too long, you risk wasting time with someone who would never pay … [Read more...]

Get Your Clients to Stop Comparing Rates

You are the best at what you do. No other freelancer can do what you do as well as you do it. The problem, however, lies in getting clients to understand this. This is particularly hard if you're still in the start-up stage, where you're having to find the clients, instead of them coming to you. In certain industries, like design, it's easier to get the client to understand the difference in quality and … [Read more...]