State Your Price

Via: Daily Prompt – Conquer

 

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When I left my career to pursue writing fictions, I knew the day will come when I start freelancing. After all, unless you become an instant best-selling author, you must find some other means to pay the bills. And regardless of how sternly you saved your income to one day pursue your lifelong dream of becoming a novelist, the fund will deplete sooner or later if you do not keep replenishing it.

As news got out that I had truly left my last workplace for self-employment, I was approached by more than a handful organizations to take over their marketing departments. I took to thanking them and the Almighty for the appreciation and vote of confidence but, of course, declined. It is difficult for people to fathom that given the workaholic I demonstrated myself to be for over a decade, I could trade in the euphoria of corporate stress for the more relaxed self-paced lifestyle of a struggling novelist. If you noticed the irony in that statement or are pursuing to become published, you would understand that writing a novel is no idle profession.

After volleying offers for six months, people are finally coming around to accepting that I’m not looking to peddle myself as a corporate monkey. So now the work offers have started to arrive in the form of developing contents for brochures, websites and the like on the basis of independent contracts. Very good. It sounds much more maintainable. I will not be obligated to maintain any fixed hours and can accept or reject work as per time suitable to my novel writing needs. In fact, I feel writing other materials will be a good way to de-stress from constantly working on my book. Novel writing as a career with freelance writing as a hobby sounds the right deal.

But now the problem is I have to state my price. I have to figure out what my talent is worth on the basis of the value I add to my clients’ projects. I have never been very good at asking for money. Sure, in the corporate arena, I know the structure in each industry for each position, so salary negotiation is a fair affair between each party. But I now realize that pricing strategy for a freelancer is a totally different ballgame. When discussing the work that needs to be done, I feel the excitement but the moment the topic of discussing the price of my work, I lose my place in the discussion.It is just so embarrassing. Especially, because the queries I have been receiving are mostly from people I have built a close bond with during my career. And frankly, I think most creative people seek appreciation more than money. Hell, I have done plenty of complimentary work in my life just because someone appreciated my talent.

It is just so embarrassing. Especially, because the queries I have been receiving are mostly from people I have built a close bond with during my career. And frankly, I think most creative people seek appreciation more than money. Hell, I have done plenty of complimentary work in my life just because someone appreciated my talent.

Upon discussing the problem with a few friends, I finally have realized what I must do. I must research freelance work rates in the market and draw up a table of standards for myself. Then if someone approaches me with work, just send them this rate chart. Like RFP-ing agencies. It’s just a matter of a little-bold application, that’s all.

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  1. #1 by RuthRehtse on March 20, 2017 - 12:48 am

    I completely understand! BTW I am looking for freelance work. You mentioned you had turn some work done. Please feel free to give out my contact info. It’s on my blog. I would greatly appreciate it. 🙂

    • #2 by lupa08 on March 20, 2017 - 1:10 am

      Hi Ruth, just visited your blog in search of an email ID. I found your social media details but no official contact information. Can you please share your email ID here?

  2. #3 by jrusoloward on March 20, 2017 - 1:45 am

    You need to treat yourself like a client and market yourself. It’s easier said than done. Good luck!

    • #4 by lupa08 on March 20, 2017 - 1:27 pm

      Yeah, teach myself to step out of me and step into my agent’s shoes.

      • #5 by jrusoloward on March 21, 2017 - 6:06 am

        Good luck! I’m trying to do the same thing. It goes against everything we’re taught as women to put ourselves out like that. I’m much better than I was ten years ago, but have a way to go.

      • #6 by lupa08 on March 21, 2017 - 4:25 pm

        Say, I never thought it might be a self-imposition based on a cultural makeup of my gender. Must give this thing more though… Thanks for the feeding of notion!

  3. #7 by Anonymous on March 20, 2017 - 2:36 am

    it’s on my about page, but nonethe less here you go. Ruthrehtse@gmail.com. And thanks! 🙂

  4. #8 by RuthRehtse on March 20, 2017 - 2:38 am

    Hi, It’s on my about page, but no worries… here you go. ruthrehtse@gmail.com. And thanks! 🙂

    • #9 by lupa08 on March 20, 2017 - 1:31 pm

      You’re welcome. I’ll share it with my contacts. But beware, these are all contacts within Bangladesh and since there are strict government policy on paying remittance overseas, local companies usually steer clear when they can hire locally because payments are so delayed. If you do get calls from my BD contacts, make sure you clarify how quickly payments will be made out overseas. Good luck!

      • #10 by RuthRehtse on March 20, 2017 - 3:05 pm

        Ok! Great!! Many Thanks!! Everything helps!! 😀

      • #11 by lupa08 on March 20, 2017 - 3:11 pm

        🙂

  5. #12 by susiesopinions on March 25, 2017 - 7:00 am

    I realized after years I wasn’t asking what I was worth.

    • #13 by lupa08 on March 25, 2017 - 9:51 am

      Well, I’m glad you sorted that out 😊
      I am still trying to push myself to set a rate that doesn’t understate my labor but I’m still too gun-shy.

      • #14 by susiesopinions on March 26, 2017 - 8:39 am

        I am retired now

      • #15 by lupa08 on March 26, 2017 - 10:03 am

        Oh, but you’re always so full of activity and energy, I’d say you’re far from retired!

      • #16 by susiesopinions on March 28, 2017 - 6:27 am

        Very true.

  6. #17 by elisepickles78 on April 3, 2017 - 7:32 pm

    Hi this Julieta
    This my first time working
    and I hope this work me, and I living day by day with no money.
    I hope I make this one and my family my self struggle with money. And I found this on the internet am I impress of the video I was seeing with people how happy they are very Supprise this was just make money on line. I looked I wanted to try it to see it first.

    • #18 by lupa08 on April 4, 2017 - 1:20 am

      Nice to meet you, Julieta. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Have you decided what you would like your blog to be about?

      • #19 by julietatenczar on April 4, 2017 - 1:25 am

        making money reading your comment and I get paid

      • #20 by lupa08 on April 4, 2017 - 2:44 am

        Best wishes with your endeavors 😊

  7. #21 by julietatenczar on April 4, 2017 - 1:26 am

    thank you you like it

  8. #22 by julietatenczar on April 5, 2017 - 2:23 am

    how did you started I just s

    • #23 by lupa08 on April 8, 2017 - 3:47 pm

      I didn’t quite start-start. It just took hold when my former organizations and other industry associates sort of approached me with write ups to help them with. [I think the whole of your message wasn’t posted. If you follow up on your comment, I’d be happy to answer 🙂 ]

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