Freelance writers: Should I be charging more for my work?
March 12, 2014 7:06 PM Subscribe
I'm 25 and have been in the freelance scene for about a year. I saw Igyre's question
and how she was unhappy with making $25/hour. That's about what I'm making now. I'm looking for perspective and what I need to do to start charging more.
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I earned my degree in a field I don't intend to pursue and started writing to make money while I figured out what I was going to do with my life. That was almost a year ago. I currently make my living by writing/editing for two different websites and some random work for a third website. My rate averages out to about $25/hour for each of these jobs. Some of the work is hourly and some of it is pay per article which depends on my writing speed.
I've been pretty happy with my set up right now. One of my contracts, however, ends in two months and I don't think it'll be renewed (lack of funds). It's both a good and a bad thing because while I love the boost in income (I started working for them in the fall of last year) the work I did for them is very different from my other two gigs and constantly switching gears gets exhausting sometimes.
I haven't started just yet but I know I'll want to start looking for ways to supplement my income since one third of it is about to dry up. And since I'm fairly young and frugal, I thought I was doing pretty well for myself with $25/hour (I felt that the freedom to work anywhere with an internet connection made up the difference). But when I read in Igyre's thread that $25/hour is actually really low, I started to wonder if I should be charging more.
So Mefite freelance writers and copywriters…is $25/hour way too low? Since I didn't graduate with an English or journalism degree and feel like my writing could still use work, I feel a bit shy about asking for more. After I get my writing skills more up to snuff, what do you think I should I be charging and where do you suggest that I look for work? Should I set up a personal website with my clips? Also links to resources on online writing skill building would be great (I still don't completely understand what SEO is and how to be "good" at it).
I'm also keeping an eye on Igyre's thread but I like the freedom of working remotely so am likely to stick with writing gigs.