Ever since starting the Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer challenge, a question I get asked a lot is that of how to charge clients. How do you ensure you are charging the right amount? How do you ensure you’re not cheating yourself? How do you ensure that the amount you demand won’t scare your clients away?
It’s easy to point you to some “standard” rate list, but I won’t do that. Instead, I’ll give you practical advice on how to charge your clients.
Also, I’ll be honest with you: despite my years of experience as a freelance writer, I still have fears when I give new clients my rate. What if they find my rate too high? What if they don’t reply? Indeed, many do not reply. However, as I later conclude in this article, the solution isn’t to go as low as potential clients are willing to go; the solution is to find clients who are willing to pay your rates no matter how “high” it is.
Instead of writing a fresh article, I decided to update one I had already written on the subject of charging clients. Enjoy!