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Freelancing: What’s better than a watertight contract?

For freelancers, it’s beneficial to have a sound contract in place. However, it’s even more beneficial to structure payment to get as much as possible upfront.

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Revisions are common in freelance writing so price accordingly

It’s not unusual for a freelance marcom writing client to request revisions. It doesn’t mean we have failed. It’s simply part of the job. Therefore, we should take this possibility into consideration in our contract.

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Two types of marcomm writing: Do you know the difference?

One type of marcomm content is rather generic. Freelance clients aren’t fussy, it’s rather easy to toss off. The second type is specific to the client and develops the identity / branding platform. It’s much more difficult to knock it out of the park on the first draft.

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The important question no one asks freelancers

Ffor many freelancers, value is vaguely defined and no specific achievement is promised. So my question is not how do you decide how much to charge your clients. It is: How do you, a self-employed freelancer, determine how much to pay the freelancers who provide business services to you or your clients?

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Freelancing: How to find out what your competition charges

Here’s how to find out what your competition charges: Ask!! However, note that there’s a right way and a wrong way to ask.

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Freelancing: Getting paid what you are worth

Demanding to get paid “what you are worth” can be UNhelpful advice. Too vague yet too emotionally fraught. Here is a guest post on this topic that I wrote for Carol Roth’s blog.

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Four smart ways we freelancers can handle requests for free help

What do you say when someone asks you for free professional advice? It’s a touchy question and your answer may vary depending on the circumstances. But one fundamental principle always wins the day: We handle this question most effectively when we determine our policy before we are asked.Here are four ways freelancers can handle these requests.

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Can we freelancers raise our rates?

Except for freelance work under an existing agreement, we can raise our rates any time we wish. After all, we’re the boss. Here are some tips on how to do it.

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A handy formula to calculate your freelance pay rate

The consensus seems to be that we freelancers should charge what we are worth. However, how do we determine what we are worth? Here’s a formula for use in your calculations.

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There’s more to freelance rates than getting “what we are worth”

Today’s freelancers never determine that our rates are too high. Getting “what you are worth” always, always, always means getting paid more. Experts and fellow freelancers recommend that we hire the very cheapest labor from online job boards for the tasks we need done but that we also demand top rates for our own services. Apparently they see no inconsistency there.

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