Good freelancers know their worth, but new freelancers are often uncomfortable asking for a raise, even if they know in their hearts that they deserve it.
Asking for a raise can be intimidating for a lot of people. (Heck, setting your own rates is tough, too!)
Today, I’m going to try to make things more comfortable for you.
By the end of this post, you’ll have the confidence to ask for the raise you deserve!
You’ll also gain a bit of insight into the negotiation process through a specific experience I had with one of my clients.
Give Valid Reasons for Your Request
For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you’ll probably remember that I used to guest blog monthly on a site called Dear Blogger, owned by Greg Narayan.
I took Greg on as a client back in 2013, when I first began freelancing, and performed three different services for him: writing monthly blog posts of my own, editing some of his blog posts, and sharing Dear Blogger posts on Twitter on a regular basis.
I was paid for each of these services, too.
After six months of writing fabulous posts for him (which were, naturally, edited to perfection!), I decided that the rate of $50 USD simply wasn’t enough anymore, and so I wanted to up my rate to $75 USD.
Anyway, about three weeks prior to this decision, I had also decided to increase my editing rates. I gave Greg one month’s notice regarding this change, and I also posted a notice of the upcoming increase on my Services page.
When I sent Greg my “bill” for May 2014, I wrote the following email to inform him of the change I was making: Read More