This post was originally for my column, “Freelance by Lauren,” on the now defunct DIY Writing: A Writer’s Bucket List.
Last month, I made a horrible mistake.
Freelance writing has been my sole source of income for several years now. Not to mention I was raised by freelancers! I really, really should have known better.
But, I panicked.
Some unexpected expenses came up that my current client roster wouldn’t be able to cover. And I’d already tapped out my “emergency” funds. So, when a former client came around with some “easy” work, I accepted…for less than a quarter of my cheapest rate.
To drive that last point home: I’m the cheapest writer I know. I was working for below content mill prices. But I figured, “Hey. It’s easy work for quick cash! It’ll be fine.”
It was so not fine. Here’s why: Continue reading “4 Reasons Cheap Freelance Clients Aren’t Worth Your Time (Even if You’re Desperate for Cash!)”
Lauren Spear (née Tharp) is the owner and creator of the multiple award-winning LittleZotz Writing. She’s written hundreds of bylined posts helping freelance writers to become BETTER freelance writers. Thousands if you count all the articles she’s ghostwritten (but she’s not allowed to talk about most of those).