You want to raise your writing rates, but your client can’t afford it. Now you have two options:
- Raise your rates anyway and lose your client
- Keep your rates the same just to keep your client
Which is the best option for you? Is there a right or wrong option?
I hear so many writing mentors say that you should ditch the client. Raise your writer rates and look for a new client. But this can be a scary step to take. And it’s not a step all freelance writers are willing to take.
What Do I Advise?
My advice is different. I’m going to tell you to think about what you really want to do. The honest answer is that I’ve done both.
There have been times that I’ve raised my writing rates anyway. I’ve ditched the client and looked for other work. In other cases, I’ve kept the rate the same and stayed with the client, but I’ve looked for other work at the same time. The minute a better paying client came around, I moved onto that client.
In the latter instance, I didn’t want the uncertainty of not having any work at all. I didn’t want to worry if I could make my targets or feed my family. The rate may have been poor but it was better than having nothing at all.
Why Bother Ditching the Client Before Having Work?
Sometimes you can have a PITA client. This is someone who works you to the ground.
They may not pay you on time or may haggle lower prices each and every time. They want you to be around 24/7 and expect you to make substantial changes for no extra cost without even thanking you for it afterwards.
These types of clients aren’t my cup of tea. The first hint I get of a client like this, I will start looking for other work. This is when you could choose raising your writing rates over dealing with this type of client again.
This type of client zaps energy out of you. You don’t have the time to find a new client while working with them, so you need to ditch them right away and put faith in your skills as a marketer.
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Why Can Both Be the Perfect Answer?
This is a case where both can work out to be the right answer. I always advise freelance writers that they need to do what’s right for them. A standard answer isn’t one-size-fits-all.
While I’m in a position to turn down clients or raise rates without worrying about finding works, that isn’t necessarily going to be the case for you. And my circumstances can change throughout the year depending on events that have happened! Yours will too.
Think about what you need to get out of your writing. What do you need from your clients? Is it better to keep a client temporarily and find a better paying one eventually? Or will you be better having the extra time to find a new client sooner?
What’s the best option for you? Is raising your writer rates or sticking with your current client going to be the one that you choose?