One of the greatest perks of a freelance career is choosing when and how you work, and with whom.
You assume you have control of the “how much,” but that’s not always the case. More about that below.
Being on my own is a dream after 20-plus-years of following someone elses’ say-so every day.
In the three years since I left my full-time newspaper career I find myself writing for my favorite publication of all time, and working with other clients, here and abroad, on fulfilling and interesting projects.
I’m thankful for any and all successes that get me closer to where I want to be, personally and professionally. So, here’s the dilemma of the day:
An altruistic client offers all the proceeds from projects to charity, and wants you to be philanthropic, too. Meaning, the clear implication is that you will offer a rate that’s down in the basement in the interest of greater global goodwill.
Complicate the scenario if it’s a repeat purchaser, with the means to pay, who still hopes you will agree to write something that will get a lot of attention, but with no credit, and next to no cash.
Yet, it’s a great project.
So, what do you do?