What’s it worth to ya?

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Random Topics . . . No comments

Really, how often does one get to put a price on their expertise? Most folks just tell an employer what they want their salary to be, based on previous salary and current demand; and if I have the methodology correct (I could be wrong!), the employer takes that number, cuts it in half, tacks on an up-charge, twirls it over their head four times so that the numbers transpose, and voila, that’s your value as an employee! Or some such process . . .

Since deciding to chuck everything and become a freelance writer, my momentum has built up amazing speed. Website, portfolio, social media. Bam! Bam! Bam! Advertising, blogs, pricing. Bam! Bam! Huh?

I had no idea the value of my writing. I knew what I would’ve liked it to be, but common sense told me that I needed to pull over and ask directions. So I decided to take a peek at what other freelancers were charging. This is what I found:

  • Website pages $25 – $2500
  • Blogs $30 – $3000
  • Feature articles $1500 – $15,000

You get the idea. Why such a discrepancy? What does that even mean? Are website pages only $25 if you’ve spent a total of four minutes on it in the morning before your first cup of coffee and a whopping $2500 if you have to write it lying on a beach in Maui? I can theorize that it has to do with the length of the work or the research time involved or maybe even how cleverly you can string words together. But really, I have no clue.

So here I sit with no “price” page to be found anywhere on my website. And the only answer I’ve managed to find to the question of my value as a writer is a bit, well, abstract.

As a newly-established professional writer, what’s it worth to me? Is getting my name out there more important at this moment in my career than raking in the dough? Yes. Yes, it is.

So here might be the only instance where you’ll see anything having to do with pricing on my website: Call or email me for a price quote while I’m still cheap!

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