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How to Present your Freelance Writing Fees

Putting together freelance writing fees is often times easier than presenting this information to potential clients. This is when you will find out if you have priced your services correctly, or if changes are in hand sooner rather than later. When it comes down to it, the way that you present your freelance writing fees to clients is very important.

Since a lot of people may find you via your website, you will not have to worry about the formal presentation of fees. Of course, this only holds true if you list your prices online. Instead, buyers will go over your rates and then get in touch if they like what they see. It is important to not scare potential buyers away with complex pricing. If you do this, you will find that you do not receive a lot of inquiries via your website.

Unfortunately, things are not always this easy. There are going to be times when you are contacted via email or phone, and asked questions about your freelance writing fees. Handling this situation with care is very important.

Simply put, when a client asks for pricing information you want to be to the point and truthful. If you know what your rates are, you should not have any problems supplying this information. Tell the potential buyer how much you charge for a project like theirs, as well as why if you feel that an explanation is necessary. Remember, this is your business. You should never act in a shy or apologetic manner when giving out price quotes. If you do this, the buyer may feel that you are asking too much and in turn attempt to negotiate a better price. While you not want to lose the business, you need to stick to your guns. If you make an exception for one client, you are more prone to do it for others. In the end, this means that your fee schedule is pretty much a waste of time.

Some freelance writers will negotiate with clients, whereas others never deviate from their set schedule. This decision is up to you. When I first got started with freelance writing, I usually did whatever it took to obtain new business. As I gained experience and confidence in my work, this happened less and less. Now, I very rarely lower my prices and have found that most clients have no problem with this. They may ask for a better price, but after I explain myself and what they are getting, they agree to the original quote.

Finally, never present a “final” quote until you know exactly what the project entails. Although a 500 word sales letter may sound simple enough, until you know every last detail, hold off on quoting exact price. You never know what else the client is going to expect from you.

The way that you present your freelance writing fees has a lot to do with the number of interested buyers that you convert into clients.

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