by Carly Schuna
After learning from a few of my past posts, I’m still here (thank you!) but with one key difference—I’m not about to make any assumptions regarding what the community of FWJ wants. So as for the topic of how I can improve the site, here’s my honest answer: I don’t know.
Here’s what I do know: I’ll do my best to try to improve it by writing and researching things we haven’t seen here so far that I think will help your careers and things that I think some of you want to see addressed. I’m the first person to admit that I’m not perfect, so I’m always open to suggestions and ideas for improvement. With that said, there are a few topics I’ve seen come up again and again in the comments that FWJ hasn’t covered and that some posters would really like to see.
If I become FWJ’s weekly blogger, I’d like to write thorough and informative posts about topics including:
• how much to charge
• rates for different projects
• charging by the hour versus charging by the word
• formula for how to determine an hourly rate
I know Deb does not like to disclose her rates, which I completely understand. I, however, have no trouble talking about rates, and I am happy to disclose the rates I have been paid for different projects and the basic work involved for those projects (so that readers can get an idea of how much work I do for a specific dollar amount). Such information hasn’t been provided on the site so far, so I think it would be an improvement for writers in all stages of their careers.
My content will address a specific niche that is high in demand and that I feel has been lacking in the site so far. For those who already know what to charge and how to work out a rate, I’d like to track down specific leads for higher-paying jobs from places other than craigslist (because although craigslist is a great resource, I find it’s often unreliable). Other topics I could cover for more advanced freelancers include how to increase your chances of success when asking for a raise, how to maximize your income by budgeting or outsourcing, and how to definitively show clients what you’re worth and why. And I don’t want to be limited to those subjects–I’m more than willing to consider others, but the ideas I mentioned should give you an idea of what I could provide.
If these topics sound good to you, then great—I’m on the right track. If there’s something else you’d like to hear more about, let me know! I want to post content that you want. In the role of a blogger, I’m here to serve you, and while I can always try my personal best to improve on #1, it’s you guys who make it #1, and I hope I’ll get the chance to do you justice.