When you are looking for freelance writing work, how important is the money aspect to you? Do you only apply for opportunities that pay above a certain threshold, or are there other things that go into the decision? I know that at FWJ, we only post opportunities that pay at least $10, and I think that’s fair.
Now, here at Casa Redmond, we do enjoy eating and living indoors, and that is part of why I work as a freelance writer. But it’s not just about the money. No two days are the same, and I love the fact that I am constantly learning in my job. I also get to work with some really great people.
I admit that I tend to evaluate new assignments and whether to say “Yes” based on other factors than how much I’m going to get paid. The money does matter, but I’ve said “Yes” to more than one assignment because the work would let me add something new to my resume, because it sounded like something that would be fun, or because I like the client and wanted to continue working with them. I’ve even agreed to take something on and then asked about the money afterward, and so far none of those assignments have turned out to be bad decisions.
It seems to me that being a bit flexible is something that freelancers should be embracing, especially given the times we live in. The more types of experience we have in writing, the more opportunities we create for ourselves. You can say to a potential client, “Yes, I have experience in that area. I worked on….” and tell them about the kinds of things you have done.
As long as the rate of pay is something you can live with, how open are you to trying something new in your writing? Have you ever taken on something solely for the “fun” factor?