As a writer, it’s very important that you get paid.   Maybe at the very beginning of your freelance writer career, pay rates might be little to no pay just to get your first few samples, but after that, don’t look back. You don’t work for free. Unless you’re doing it pro bono out of the goodness of your heart for a friend, then  make sure you always get paid.

Be careful because even if it isn’t charity or a friend or a loved one, you still have to make a living. Its important you balance that with your paid work. And a lot of times even charities have a budget to pay a writer.

Often times when it comes to freelance writer pay rates you have to go with your heart.  You still need to know how to negotiate with clients. The question is how much money will they pay for how much work rendered?

It’s really important to be clear about your pay rate upfront. You can’t let clients backtrack on this.  I recommend you get things in writing. But even before it gets in writing, you need to agree to the terms.  A good place to start is to  make sure that you know the market, and the going rate for the kind of work your client wants you to perform.  This can be as easy as going to some of the freelance sites like and checking similar writing jobs.  Keep in mind that most clients on these sites are looking for a bargain.  You can probably add another 10 to 20% to those rates.


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If you know the going rate and you have some experience, then don't do it for less.  You still have a lot of flexibililty.  For instance, if you really want to do the job or it's a project that you're really interested in, you might be willing to work for a little bit less. But don't ever work for free.

Don't work for an amount of money that isn't going to be enough for you to live the way that you want to live. This is really what freelance writer pay rates come down to - can you earn a living on the rate you  are charging.

Another thing to consider is the region where your client is based.  When you're working with a client that doesn't live in your region, check the rates for where they located. It's going to be a different market in New York than it's going to be in Oklahoma or Denver.  A New York client is probably going to pay a little higher than a Midwesterner.

It goes without sayd, don't want to ask such a huge amount that you're not going to get the job.  I've found most clients respect a fare rate.   If you get greedy they're just going to give the job to someone who's more realistic.


There is not hard and fast structure to negotiating your pay rate.  For me the bottomline is "can I live on what I am charging".  Start there and the rest will start to fall into place.




Do you have some negotiating tips for freelance writer pay rates? Please share them in the comments below...

    2 replies to "Negotiating Freelance Writer Pay Rates"


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      • Jon Pennington

        Great point. You gain a lot of freedom with freelancing in exchange for corporate benefits.

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