Posts tagged with ‘rates’

  • 3 Things Writers Should Rethink in the New Year

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 5, 2016
    Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for all of you. I'm excited to be back to work. There's something about the fresh slate of a new year that ignites a fire under me to tackle big things. Even if you don't have big projects planned, now is a great time to make other tweaks […]
  • Reader Question: How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 16, 2015
    When you're just getting started as a freelance writer, the issue of rates can be a tricky one. How much should you charge? Should you bill hourly, per word, per project, or under some other rate structure? Should rates vary depending on the type of project? Today's reader question is along these lines. This new freelancer, who asked not to […]
  • 3 Times to Lower Your Freelance Writing Rates

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2014
    I can hear it now. "Wait. What? Jenn, for years you've been encouraging me to raise my rates. And now you're saying I should lower them?" Not exactly. Nine times out of ten, I'd still encourage the freelance writers I meet to raise their rates. But after doing some thorough and careful evaluation of my own rate experiments this year, […]
  • Suze Orman, Self-Worth and Freelance Writing, Part 2

    By Yo Prinzel on June 25, 2010
    Okay, so we’re back. If you haven’t read part one of this series—do so. This part won’t make sense unless you read my Kim Kardashian Botox analogy. Okay it will, but I still like that damn story. The Rates of Other Writers So right now you should be honestly assessing your skill compared to other freelance writers in your niche, […]
  • Suze Orman, Self-Worth and Freelance Writing, Part 1

    By Yo Prinzel on June 18, 2010
    I was going through some old New York Times Magazines a few weeks ago, and came across an article by financial guru Suze Orman. A lot of advisors in the financial industry don’t like Suze Orman. Sure, she has made some errors in advice and made some mistakes in her books, but in general her conservative approach to investing and […]
  • Demand Studios: Beyond the Rate Debate

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 25, 2010
    Warning! Bias alert! Yes, this post is biased. I don't care for Demand Studios (or Demand Media Studios, or whatever they're calling themselves these days). I don't make a secret of that. And as a blogger it's not my job to always serve as reporter, staying completely objective. It's to share my thoughts, my experiences, and my viewpoints as ones […]
  • How One Freelance Writer Increased Her Income Ten-Fold

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 16, 2009
    I've spent a lot of time over the last several years talking to freelance writers earning $.01 per word or even less, trying to encourage them to raise their rates and get out of their rut--the one where they want to raise rates but can't, because there's no time to market to a new client base when you're cramming tons […]
  • Are Your Freelance Writing Rates "Highway Robbery?"

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 5, 2009
    In one community I'm very active in, there's a particular member who always gives me a good laugh (unintentionally). He repeatedly claims that the rates professional writers charge are "highway robbery," essentially because he feels articles are easy and / or quick to write. Originally I figured he was probably just burned by a lousy writer in the past, or […]