A Decade of Magic and the Written Word

Back in 2008, a small company was started. It was started to meet a very specific need, namely to keep food on my family’s table, and a roof over our head. I had been laid off, yet again, and with mortgages, skyrocketing bills, and no prospects in sight, I knew that something had to change.

I had to change.

So The Writers Thread, in all its glory (trust me, there wasn’t much glory) was born. I used my love and passion for writing and editing and slowly built a valued business that not only helped to sustain my family and me through some rough economic times but also gave us the chance to rediscover the idea of “what if” once again.

Over the next ten years, I worked with some great clients, some I probably should have stayed away from in the long run, and grew in both my sense of business and my sense of self. It got to the point that in 2017 I knew that if I didn’t expand my horizons and take on new challenges, and new help that I would be stuck where I was.

And there was no way that I would let that happen.

5 Things I Wished I had Known Before Becoming a Freelancer

5 Things I Wished I had Known Before Becoming a Freelancer

5 Things I Wished I had Known Before Becoming a FreelancerSo our “5 Things” series on Emerald Musings is coming to an end.  Before that happens, I definitely want to thank all our wonderful contributors — there is no way that I could have done this without you!  So without further ado, here is my humble contribution to the series.

Five Things I Wished I Had Known Before Becoming a Freelancer

 The Right Client Will Pay What You’re Worth — So Demand it.

In the beginning of my freelance career I fell into the common trap of thinking that in order to be competitive, I had to price my services low enough that someone would give me a chance.  I worked for the content mills and priced my services out at prices so far below the going market rate that I was sure that I would get the opportunities and shine like never before.

And not surprisingly, there were clients out there that were happy enough to pay me the likes of $0.0005 per word, or even $0.001 per word if I was lucky.

Do you know what was also not surprising?  The fact that I was working nearly 80 hours a week just to make ends meet.  If I wanted to do that, I could have easily stayed at my grueling 9-5 job.  No thank you.

Here’s the truth — Clients will pay you what you demand, as long as your quality justifies it.  If you can show that your work is great enough to justify $50 – $60 an hour or $2.00 per word then, by all means, charge it and only negotiate to a minimum that you are comfortable with.  Will there be potential clients that scoff at you and walk away from what you offer?  Yes.  But honestly, in the long run, the clients that do take you up on your offer will be the ones that are worth having.

The Emerald Musings 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Series Begins in April

The Emerald Musings “5 Things I Wish I Had Known” Series Begins in April

Greetings, Everyone! Since I’ve managed to get some wonderful guest post contributions over the years, I decided to go to the well again and see what I could get.  And you ladies and gentlemen certainly didn’t disappoint!  So, starting in April, we’re featuring a new guest post on every Friday that follows the theme of

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