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What to Say When a Prospect Says Your Rate is Too High: 9 Tips for Confident Freelancers

What to Say When a Prospect Says Your Rate is Too High: 9 Tips for Confident FreelancersBy Diana Schneidman

It happens to all of us freelancers.

You are talking to someone who may hire you as a freelancer and the subject gets to your pay rate. She asks, you answer. And she says it is “too high.”

It doesn’t matter if you quote a project rate or an hourly rate. Doesn’t matter how much you preface the number with enticing results from your past work. Doesn’t matter how well you understand her project or how many prestige names have loved your work.

Doesn’t matter if you play hard to get and give yourself a day or two to get comfortable with the higher figure you want to quote before responding. Doesn’t even matter if you give a low rate that makes you want to kick yourself.

It boils down to this: There are other people out there who will offer very low rates. As much as we’d like to comfort ourselves with assurances that these low-ball fees result in incompetent, late work, that may not be the case.

It’s not reasonable to compete on price because there is no telling how low some people will go. (more…)

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How and Why You Should Make Freelance Friends

How and Why You Should Make Freelance FriendsBy Anneke Steenkamp 

One of the things that leave me envious when talking to my 9-5 friends is the office antics and bonding with fellow colleagues. Don’t get me wrong, most of the time this is counter-productive and in my case, irritating – but in some way they all have ‘the office’ in common.

As freelancers we might be on first name basis with the local coffee shop owner, or that ‘guy’ that gives you the WiFi password – but we don’t have that sense of camaraderie. That’s why I feel that is important to find your ‘peeps’ within the freelance industry, even if they are on the other side of the world.

Here are some of my reasons for making freelance friends:

1. Support

I cannot begin to explain how many times I’ve had try and convey what it is that I do on a daily basis. Even though your friends and family are trying to be supportive it just doesn’t always sound that way. I’ve gathered that most people in my life think that I do ‘work’, but that I’m always available. This is a common misconception – and one which you can complain about with your freelance friends. (more…)

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From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the Leap

From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the LeapBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Hi Holly,

At the beginning of the year I will be making a huge switch from my full time position to freelance in order to get rid of my long commute and be closer to home and my two year old. To say I am nervous for the transition is an understatement. Do you or your readers have any tips? Freelance is a new venture for me and brings tons of anxieties around benefits, 401K, how to withhold for taxes, ahhh!

Thank you in advance for any suggestions, Rebecca

Hi Rebecca,

I know what you mean about anxiety and fear! It took me many months to get all my ducks in a row, before I felt confident launching my business. Even then I still made mistakes along the way. But with a little pre-planning and the right tools you’ll prepared to handle whatever comes your way.

Health Insurance:

Before you give up your existing coverage, you’ll need to have a plan for getting coverage, whether it’s through your spouse’s plan, COBRA, or another provider. This is one area where I was lucky, because I was able to get on my husband’s insurance plan without any wait or issues. (more…)

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Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance Writer

Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance WriterBy Gary Dek

So you like to write, and you’ve been hearing so much about people quitting their day jobs and making a living off of freelancing. Why can’t you be one as well? You already know you can write and that you love doing it, so what’s stopping you?

Truth to be told, there’s nothing to stop you from taking the plunge. You can even make the transition slowly – first doing it on the side before ditching your day job. However, what you need to hedge against is that when you do decide to go the freelance writing route, you are equipped to become a successful freelance writer.

Just like any career, there are certain considerations and industry practices that you need to know. Here are some of the best tips to becoming a freelance writer.

Determine if the freelance writing life is right for you.

Freelance writers are often perceived as “living the life”. They answer to no one but themselves, control their time, and work whenever they want to.

To a certain degree, this is accurate but just because you’re a freelancer doesn’t mean you don’t need to be disciplined, organized, and follow a routine. The best freelance writers have very strong self-control. They treat the time between 9 and 5 as their work hours and ignore the plethora of distraction present at home. (more…)

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Make More Money With Query-Free Freelancing

Make More Money With Query-Free FreelancingBy Jennifer Mattern

Last week, I asked the question, “Many people want to make a money from their writing — but often get stuck writing for low paying gigs. What can freelancers do to break this cycle and earn more money from their writing”?

Jennifer was one of these freelancers who answered, but her response was so detailed that I thought it deserved it’s very own blog post. So here is her response on how to make more money with your writing.

I’m a big fan of what I refer to as “query-free freelancing.” This is where you build a network and professional presence with a built-in demand for what you have to offer. It involves attracting prospects, getting them to come to you rather than you seeking individual clients or writing gigs.

There are countless tools for doing this, and it’s up to each writer to decide what’s best for them in order to reach their unique target markets. Some examples of things you might focus on are blogging, search engine optimization of your professional website, e-books, e-courses, webinars, social media profiles, guest posting, and speaking engagements.

I’ve seen freelance writers focus on a solid platform and their professional network who fill their schedule with incoming prospects in a few months. And I’ve seen a couple of writers who managed to do that in just two to three weeks. It’s all about the upfront effort you put into building visibility and your authority status in your specialty area. (more…)

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