Think you’re stuck with collecting only low fees for your writing? It doesn’t have to be true. Jennifer Mattern at All Freelance Writing wrote an article: How One Freelance Writer Increased Her Income Ten-Fold
It’s about one of her readers, LaToya Irby, who started writing at a penny a word and now is making at least fifteen cents. Plus, for some work she charges by the hour. It’s a great story; one I think every freelancer should read.
Here’s part of one statement LaToya makes that I just love:
Sure, deciding to increase my rates was the easy part. The hard part was letting go of clients that didn’t want to pay the higher rate and putting in the work to find clients that would pay them.
Yes! The willingness to find clients that are happy to pay you what your worth is key, and it has a great deal more to do with how you view yourself than anything else. If you think you’re worth a penny a word, that’s what you’ll get for the most part; if you know you’re worth $100 or more an hour, you’ll find yourself with clients that can more than afford you and are happy to do so.
How do you change your own attitude? Anyway you can. It probably first starts with knowing you can change how you view yourself, and becoming willing to do so. Once you’re willing, the exact how almost doesn’t matter. Some do it through 12 Step Programs, some through counseling, some through church, some through changing negative self-talk to positive self-talk. Many use a variety of methods.
LaToya give some clues to how she made the switch in an article on her blog called: Don’t Hate Yourself In the Morning – a great title for the topic I think.
Read ’em both and consider raising your own rates.
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