When freelance writers talk about rates, the conversation can get heated very quickly. It’s a topic that a lot of us obviously feel very passionate about. Am I curious about how much other freelancers make? Well…..
Yes and No. On one hand it’s helpful to know what the pay range is for what we do. The flip side is that unless the person sharing the information also gives details about the type of work they do, their level of experience, educational background, etc., I don’t have a frame of reference to put it in.
- Are they working full-time or part-time?
- Do they have steady work or did they have some slow times during the year?
- How many billable hours are they working per month or per year?
If the motivation is to show others that they can earn a living wage doing something they enjoy, then I think that’s great. I am really glad to hear when fellow freelancers are doing well.
I don’t see them as competition, though. I’m on my own journey in my career and as long as I’m growing by getting interesting work and continuing to build my business, then I’m on track. The only time I object to hearing about my fellow writers’ numbers is when they are being used as a sword to take a swipe at someone who is in a different stage in their career or who has made different choices about what works for them.
Do you want to know how much your fellow freelance writers make? If you do, does this information affect the choices you make about your own career?