How Much Can You Get Paid for Freelance Writing?

This is the question on every freelance writer’s mind. How much can I get paid as a freelance writer?

The answer really depends on you. What do you think you are worth? What do you want to get paid? I know it sounds like I’m making this too simple but that’s really all there is to it. The beauty of running your own business is that you DO get to decide on your prices.

If you read the forums you might think that there is not a market for high paid freelance writers and that you have to charge pennies per word in order to get work. That’s simply not true. But you have to work your way up right? Well, to some extent. But not to the extent that some would have you believe.

There are several ways that you can get paid decent money (and remember, your perception of ”decent money” is up to you) from the very beginning.

Perception

One of the things that will determine how much you get paid is perception. Both your own and others’ perception of you. If you perceive yourself as a highly paid writer, you can be that. Then you just have to make other people perceive you as a highly paid writer.

Ask

Another thing that will determine how much you get paid is how much you ask for. If you don’t ask for the rates you want, you won’t get them. It’s as simple as that. Don’t let the client choose the price. You choose the price. You’re the service provider!

Over the next few weeks, one of the things I’m going to come back to often is the price you charge. We’ll talk about how to present yourself in the right light so that clients will believe that you are worth the money you are asking. Meanwhile, think about it. What do you want to be paid?