AvantGuild: How To Negotiate A Better Freelance Rate

Today’s AvantGuild feature tackles a subject all freelancers need to know about and few enjoy: asking for more money.

Sure, the rocky economy has depressed the freelance writing market noticeably. Ten years ago, freelance writer Beth D’Addono always asked for a little more than what she was offered — and often received it. “Now,” she says, “I’m finding that everybody is just so happy to have work that I’m less inclined to try to negotiate… I haven’t found editors to have the resources that they did before.”

But just as many writers say they still find it worthwhile to ask. “I think there’s almost always room for negotiation,” says Mir Kamin, a freelance writer and blogger who pens the Cornered Office blog on freelancing for the Web site Work It, Mom! “It’s very rare when someone comes to you with an offer so good you just go, ‘Yeah, that’s perfect.'”

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