I’ll be the a guest “tweeter” at the Editorial Freelancers Twitter Chat today. I’ll be talking about how to successfully raise your rates when you are a freelance editor.
If you are a client? Please look away! Just kidding.
Basically, I’ll spoil the whole thing by telling you the number one thing you can do to get good rates: Go after top quality clients and don’t always accept the first offer (unless it’s already more than you were going to ask for and even then? Maybe try to bump it up a buck or two). I find that clients usually set the terms but you have a right to negotiate upfront. If you’re accepting $15 an hour? It will be impossible to get to $40 an hour with that company later.