Newbie Freelance Writer Needs Advice

Hi Jodee, I am very new freelance writing. Writing has always been a passion for me, and I finally decided to publish some stuff online. I have published an academic dissertation on and received good feedback. I have written on Hubpages purely for fun and recently I have started ghost writing, as well as writing for an article directory. Of course, the income is very low, but it gives me pleasure to research and write. Despite the low income, I ensure that what I write is of high quality. I have three questions: 1. How to make that step-up [Read more…]

Writing for Free or for a Low Pay – Don’t Let Anyone Else Judge You


I’ve been told that an ongoing debate that can get quite ugly on this site relates to whether or not people should take writing opportunities that are unpaid or offer a very low payment. Let me preface my opinion on this topic by saying I don’t think anyone should judge why another person takes one job over another.  Every person, whether they’re a writer, an actor, a business person, or work in any other profession, has unique experiences, education and circumstances.  To judge another person’s willingness to take a job that is unpaid or low paying is completely unfair.  Until [Read more…]

How Much Should I Charge as a Freelance Writer?


I think starting at the very beginning is always a good place to dive into a new blog community, so let’s start our journey together on Freelance Writing Jobs by talking money.  After all, that’s usually the thing people are most interested in, right? It’s hard to know how much to charge for your freelance writing services because job opportunities run the gamut in terms of pay rates.  I’ll leave the discussion about whether or not you should apply for low-paying freelance writing jobs to another day (yes, I do have an opinion about that, which I’ll share later this [Read more…]

Do You Quote by the Hour or by the Word?

How do you quote jobs for new clients? Not everyone is specific about what they are looking for when they ask for a quote, unfortunately. I know some freelance writers talk about how much they charge per hour, but I want to focus on why it may be a better idea to offer a per-word rate than an hourly one. If you quote a client an hourly rate, the client may not understand what they are getting for their money. Although the freelance writer is probably more likely to eat some time than pad his or her bill when charging [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs: Frequently Asked Questions

At Freelance Writing Jobs we strive to provide you with the best information possible about starting your freelance writing career. With so many posts offering tips and advice, it can be hard to find useful information that’s not on the front page of this blog. Since we receive a lot of email asking for tips on getting started as a freelance writer, how to set rates and more, I thought it was time for a static “Frequently Asked Questions” page. If you’re starting out as a writer, or just want a refresher course, use this handy list as a one [Read more…]

How to Raise Your Freelace Writing Bar and Get the Big Bucks

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You know from reading this freelance writing blog and others the most often asked questions have to do with rates. Specifically how to charge more as a freelance writer and how to raise rates on down the line.  It’s easier said than done. We can all say, “raise your rates” or “charge what you’re worth” but many writers either aren’t sure how to go about doing that or lack the confidence to move ahead with their freelance writing careers. I can’t give you confidence, but I can throw out a few things to consider. I don’t believe in a one [Read more…]

Setting a Freelance Writing Rate Equal to the Task


Today’s freelance writing clients are looking for a lot more bang for their buck, especially those looking for web writing.  Many aren’t looking for a mere writer, they want someone who uses SEO, builds traffic, moderates and responds to comments and more.  Before accepting a project and setting a rate, always find out what the job entails and set a freelance writing rate equal to the task. Straight writing is one thing, but if your client is adding bells and whistles, make it clear the rates are going up. We all know interviews, research, mileage and expenses are often added [Read more…]

The Rates are Going Up and Other Freelance Writing Job Board Trends

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I’ve been trolling the freelance writing job boards practically every day for the past five years. All of them. I read Craigslist, use the Indeed search engine, and visit a variety of other job boards and networks including Journalism Jobs and Media Bistro. As noted in another post, even if I wasn’t looking to place leads here, I still like to check the job boards because it indicates the nature of freelance writing. I can see trends in who is hiring and who is paying. I’d love to share some of those trends with you here. Rates are going up [Read more…]

32 Blog Posts About Setting Rates, Finding Clients and Going for Freelance Writing Gold

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Common questions asked by the Freelance Writing Jobs community are those having to do with rates and finding clients and opportunities. As I write another post about finding higher paying opportunities, I realize that I, as well as other bloggers, have discussed these issues on many occasions. Why not, gather the highlights together for you here? What follows is advice from the best in the business. Some of these posts are from the Freelance Writing Jobs network, and many others are from a variety of the writing and freelancing blogs around the blogosphere. I hope you them useful. Please add [Read more…]

What’s the Point in Having a Freelance Writing Business if Not to Make a Profit?


I’m noticing an interesting trend with each new crop of freelance writers.  They’re earning money but they have no clue if they’re pulling a profit. They’re making ends meet, but they don’t necessarily have money to put away. Many don’t even factor in taxes or overhead which can be a rude awakening during tax time. With that in mind, I’d like to offer up my brilliance for the day: The purpose of any business is to pull a profit. If this isn’t happening, you may not be making good decisions…or you may not be aware you’re not making good decisions. [Read more…]

Why It’s a Good Idea to Check the Freelance Writing Job Boards Every Day Even If You’re Not Looking for Work

I’m not actively seeking freelance writing work. I have a couple of clients and this blog to keep me busy. For the most part, I don’t apply for a gig or send a query unless I find something that truly piques my interest. Still, I check the job boards every single day. Even if I’m not trolling for freelance writing job leads to post here, I still make it a part of my daily routine. I know not every freelance writing blogger recommends you look for work so often as it cuts down on productivity. However, I feel it’s important [Read more…]

A List of Lists: 70 Posts About Freelance Writing and Freelance Writing Jobs


It’s time for a little light reading to help you close out 2009 and get you through the long holiday weekend. We already cooked up a “Best of Freelance Writing Jobs for 2010″ post, however, that was only the top 20 posts of the year. There’s so much more to us than 20 posts. Since I enjoy making lists, I thought it would be fun to close out the year with a massive list of lists. We reached way back into the vault to bring you some of our older works as well as more recent helpful blog posts. Enjoy: [Read more…]

Why Are Freelancers Negotiating Rates Anyway?

Jack Busch’s thoughtful comment to my post on Negotiating Rates: Overcoming the Price Objection led me to think about freelancers and rates and why we do the negotiation dance. A couple of things came to mind. We’re Still in the Employer-Employee Mindset When someone is interviewing for a job, part of the hiring process includes a discussion about the salary range the candidate is looking for. The question may come up during the interview process and the job seeker wants to make sure that the range they are looking for fits with what the employer is willing to pay for [Read more…]

Negotiating Rates: Overcoming the Price Objection

Finding a potential client and getting them interested in what you can offer is great, but you still need to work out the compensation details before you can start working together. If the client has checked out your resume and/or samples and is interested in hiring you, they have already made a decision to hire you, albeit a conditional one. At this point, the client feels that you can provide them with the services they want but they want to know whether you can do so at a price they are willing to pay. If you quote a fee for [Read more…]

5 Things to Consider When Discussing Rates with Other Freelance Writers

Jodee Remond featured a thought-provoking discussion the other day in her post “Do You Want to Hear About What Other Freelance Writers Are Making.” In this post, Jodee discussed whether or not freelancers should disclose their income to other freelancers. Many freelance writers are very interested in what others earn, so much so that some writing forums have regular threads where many of the writers list their income for the month. While I agree that it can be very motivating to learn some freelancers are earning $4,000 to $6,000 per month, I also feel that this information is useless without [Read more…]

6 Tips for Asking for a Raise in Your Freelance Writing Pay Rates

Many freelance writers use the beginning of the year as a time to give themselves a well-deserved pay raise.  If you’re a good writer and your customers are pleased, there’s no reason you shouldn’t periodically raise your rates to reflect your status, and, also, to keep up with your cost of living. Most clients won’t balk at a reasonable pay raise if they’re getting bang for their buck. If you’re contemplating a rate increase in 2010, you might be interested in a few tips for approaching clients. 6 Tips for Asking for an Raise in Your Freelance Writing Pay Rates [Read more…]

Do You Need to Raise Your Freelance Writing Rates in 2010? 5 Signs to Help You Decide

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I’m a big fan of clean slates. For me, January 1st is a time for reflection and the best time to get a fresh start going. I like to take time out before the start of the new year to assess my situation and decide if it’s time to raise my rates. I know from speaking with some of the members of the FWJ community, many of you are afraid of raising your freelance writing rates because you don’t want to lose your clients to a freelance writer with a lower price. While that thinking is understandable, it’s flawed. If [Read more…]

Freelance Writing and the Big Screen TV Factor


Credit where it’s due: Yesterday I was making my blog rounds when I stopped at a post by James Chartrand entitled “Want More Clients? Explain Yourself.” James explained how some potential clients will choose the lowest bid, but might be inclined to change their minds if you convince why you’re worth the extra pay. As I commented, it reminded me of what I call “the big screen TV factor.” Thus, a blog post is born. When my husband and I were shopping around for a new television, we spent a lot of time researching. Instead of rushing out to WalMart [Read more…]

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