At the start of my freelancing career, I would always settle for the low paying jobs and battle with quoting my prices. It was very difficult for me because I was desperate for work and feared losing clients but at the same time, I would also prefer to not be underpaid. That’s the story of many freelancers when starting out.
But as time progress, your work gets better, bills get bigger, and settling for low paying jobs is not an option anymore. It took me quite some time to realize that I’m charging too little and can’t live on low commissions anymore.
1.If they can get it elsewhere cheaper, then let them go.
This happens a lot. A client tries to undercharge you and manipulate you by using the words “I can get it elsewhere cheaper”. Let them go. This is not a loss to your or your business. You need to value your work and charge what’s it worth. Don’t let the fear rule you and worry about losing these potential clients. It’s a hard lesson to learn in business.
2.Know your business.
Get as much knowledge and information about your business to be able to withstand low paying clients. Be firm and stand by your beliefs. The more knowledgable your work and pricing the easier it becomes for you to withstand people who try to lowball you.
3. Doesn’t guarantee more work.
I often hear this false promise from clients and sometimes from my peers. “Dude you gotta start with free work or charge less and eventually you’ll get better and more work”. Nope! There’s no guarantee for this. You have no idea what the outcome is like. Do not be fooled by this.
Lastyl,I’m not stupid, I’m a fully grown adult and aware that bills have to be paid. If you need to eat and pay your bills then you should take the work. But remember to value your work and know your worth!