Are you charging too little? Are you overpriced? Are you using the wrong method to calculate your rates? Cutting yourself short? Still on the per-hour method? Stuck on the per-piece? What about charging what you’re worth?
Setting your freelancing rates is damned confusing, and it’s no wonder. There are no standards for writing and design rates, really. Anyone can charge what they want.
So what should you charge? That’s another good question. Without standards and with a wide range between rates from provider to provider, you have nothing to use for comparison. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?
This post on 12 Realities of Pricing Web Design Services will tell you. (Don’t let the word ‘design’ in the title put you off – Steven’s post applies to freelance writing rates as well.) It’s one of the clearest, most objective posts on pricing in a freelance world that I’ve seen yet.
Steven’s article conveys something extremely important that no one else – including us – has conveyed with such quiet strength. In a gentle, respectful manner and examining all sides of the Rubik’s Cube of pricing, Steven passes on one message:
There is no right or wrong. There is only your choice.
Steven’s post helps look at pricing to figure out the rates that work for you. He gives good insight and he provides a wealth of links to other resources on pricing work as well.
Completely non-judgmental, fantastically neutral and with thought-out perspective, Steven sets all your concerns, fears and worries about your writing rates at ease. After reading his post and the accompanying links, you can take a highly informed decision.
That in itself is worth of note. Kudos, Steven. Well damned done.