Do you haggle with freelancers?

Do you haggle with freelancers?

I’ve only had it twice, but it’s been twice in as many weeks and both women thought it was justified because they could ‘offer me exposure’ (yeah, I know, people do actually say it) and the other said ‘the work is quite straightforward’.

‘I’ve had three quotes at £9, £10 and £12 respectively because the work is quite straightforward and I will provide clear guidance.’ (name withheld)

I don’t care if the work can be done with my eyes closed, my hourly rate is still my hourly rate. If a job is going to take me an hour then it’s my hourly rate. Otherwise, if I priced everything on whether it was straightforward or I was going to be ‘exposed’ I’d have to work 24/7 365 days a year.

If you have a job you can’t, or don’t want to, do yourself, then you’re going to need someone who does want to do it to step in, someone with experience, someone who cares about doing a good job and for that, you have to pay.

I appreciate places like Upwork, Fiverr, etc charge very little for tasks to be completed, but they’re largely done by people whose cost of living is a lot less than those of us in developed countries, or who are employed elsewhere.

What’s your hourly rate? Do you mind is I knock two thirds off? Ouch no.

Relationships are key in business. If we all went in rubbing our hands thinking, ‘right, what can I scrape off the top of their hourly rate’ then your long-term relationships aren’t going to be very long-term.