What do I charge?

I always get asked what I charge, and that is dollar-163473_640certainly a loaded question.  When I tell people what I charge, I get the run around.  I get people who don’t want to pay what I ask for.  I am asked for discounts, to come down in price, to negotiate.  I don’t like to do this, but I have learned — the hard way — that negotiation is part of this career.

I charge what I am worth.  I am a nurse, an expert in both nursing and medicine.  I have five years of experience with writing medical and health articles, and I have the clips to prove it.  I’m still working to better myself, and I’m learning everyday how to be a better freelance writer.  In short, I have to say that you won’t find very many freelancers as competent or as specialized as I am.  You may find some with more experience, but I have a unique skill set with my background as a nurse.

In short, this is my job.  I charge what I need to charge because I am an expert, just like you.  In other domains, you would not tolerate being asked for a discount to do your work.

I don’t publish what a charge for a very good reason.  I just don’t know.  It depends on your project, your budget, and my schedule.  I do charge more if you need more words.  I charge more if you need them quickly.  I charge more for intensive research that I don’t know anything about.

I negotiate when I have to, but most of the time, I am not afraid to walk away.  Although I am always looking for clients, I do have a busy schedule.  Clients are always coming along somehow, and this makes it easier for me to negotiate for my price.

How much do I charge?  That depends on you.  I don’t work for free, and I don’t work for wages that would be much less than minimum wage.  I am easy to work with and flexible with pricing.  I’ve been known to throw in proofreading and edits for free.  I have been known to take rush work at a lesser price if I have the schedule room.

The point is that you have to ask.  I hate dealing with the money side of my job, but it is a necessary evil.  Once we are past that point, it is smooth sailing.  I look forward to hearing from you and giving you a quote.  Drop me a line at lynda.lampert@yahoo.com, and you may be surprised by how affordable I am for you if you are looking for quality.