Why Pricing Freelance Work Is Like Bartending

Why Pricing Freelance Work Is Like Bartending

While some people will tell you to make it easier on yourself by establishing fixed prices that you seek from every freelance client, I believe that doing that is like being a bartender who doesn’t know there are differently sized glasses on the shelf.

An Anecdote to Help You Think About Pricing

An Anecdote to Help You Think About Pricing

I know it’s really hard to know how to price your work as a freelancer. I always talk about how it’s an art and not a science, so you need to gather as many inputs about the client as you can to figure out how much they may be able to pay before you make a proposal.

Freelancers, stop thinking about what your work is “worth.”

Freelancers, stop thinking about what your work is “worth.”

In freelance groups I frequent, I see a lot of commentary about “demanding what you’re worth.” It’s clear from these conversations that this exhortation is meant to be an empowering one to the advice-seeker, an encouragement to value oneself and insist that the market see that value too. I’m all for empowerment. But the bad news is that a “give me my worth!” mindset is a poor one with which to actually negotiate pay.

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: You Can Set Your Own Prices

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: You Can Set Your Own Prices

Being in charge of your own pricing is one of the biggest challenges in freelancing. It has some major disadvantages, especially for those who haven’t built up their confidence, but it also presents remarkable and exciting opportunities.

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: Unlimited Earning Potential

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: Unlimited Earning Potential

So far in my “Pros & Cons of Freelancing” column, I have covered the joys and challenges of being your own boss and of managing your own time. This third installment will address another core topic of full-time freelance life: Money. Much discussion of money 

Q&A: How Do I Figure Out What to Charge?

Q&A: How Do I Figure Out What to Charge?

Q: How do I figure out what to charge? A potential client has asked me my rate for a 500-word blog post. I’ve heard of freelancers making $30/hour and others making $250/hour. What should I ask for?

The Truth About Freelance Pricing

The Truth About Freelance Pricing

One question I hear frequently from freelance writers — both new and experienced — is: “What price should I quote for this particular project?” Variations on this question are “What’s the going rate for this?” and “What do other people usually charge for this?” When 

How To Figure Out Your Required Hourly Rate — and Then Hide It

How To Figure Out Your Required Hourly Rate — and Then Hide It

It is one of the core principles of freelancing that it’s generally better to seek flat rates than hourly rates when pricing your work. Unless you work very slowly or the project is not what it at first appears, flat rates will likely end up 

How Freelancing Works: Flat-Rate vs. Hourly Pricing

How Freelancing Works: Flat-Rate vs. Hourly Pricing

One of the most important things I’ve learned over my decade as a freelancer is to charge flat rates instead of hourly rates for my work. This is a particularly good strategy for me because I work quickly, but I believe that in most cases