I Need...I Need...But Don't Charge Me Much

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I can't help it. This has to be said because some people don't get it.

I see tons of posts all over this forum.

I need a great article writer
I need a great copywriter
I need a great web designer
I need a great graphic artist

And then you read the request and their budget for this "great" whoever is
something out of an Ed Wood sci fi disaster.

Look, I'm not saying that you can't get some up and coming talent who is
absolutely a wiz for next to nothing because they're just trying to get
started, but if you want a proven professional who you KNOW is going to
do a bang up job, you better be prepared to pay for it, because these
people who have killer reputations as being the best do NOT work for
table scraps.

You need to be a little realistic with your wants.

I want to live in Beverly Hills. Ain't gonna happen on what I make a year.

Get real or settle for less.

It's THAT simple.

End of rant.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean A McAlister
    Not sure here...

    Champaign taste on a beer budget..

    Lets make chicken salad out of chicken shit...

    This is so true Steven...

    People expect the world as they look at with their eyes closed

    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan

      I was just thinking the same thing.

      Having access to to many experienced IMers willing to offer the benefit of their experience is a privilege, not a right. Perhaps because of this generosity, some posters seem to believe that it's then OK to expect professional services at a knock-down price.

      This forum isn't simply a vehicle for a quick, cut-price deal. Some of the best marketers and service providers on the planet are represented here and they have every right to expect the going rate for their profession.

    • Profile picture of the author NMP

      I guess many think Internet is like TV Bill. If you pay
      for your broadband then you are set..lol. No seriously.

      I think their are too many website owners, not Business
      owners. They are not prepared to start a Business. But
      if they get it for FREE it may be worth it... NAH it won't.

      The word COMmercial maybe means something.. let me go look.

  • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
    Yeah , I agree Steven, but you can't blame them for trying.

    Unfortunately they need to learn for themselves, probably via a bad experience - in general you get what you pay for.



    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    I want to live in Beverly Hills. Ain't gonna happen on what I make a year.

    Get real or settle for less.

    It's THAT simple.
    Beg to differ there. If you want to live in Beverley Hills, then go for it. You've got the skills, Steven, you just need the belief. lol
  • Profile picture of the author achonu
    You are correct...nothing goes for nothing. AS SIMPLE AS THAT!
  • Profile picture of the author Ben Roy
    Steven this is so true - I've noticed there's more than the usual number of request for articles writers lately, but when I respond to them they seem to have completely unrealistic expectations. I could try to skimp on quality, but I don't think I can lower my it enough to write 600 words for $2. I can't even imagine what that would look like.
  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    Those posts make me smile...

    and I've done my fair share of 'educating' people who have unrealistic
    expectations... I've even earned a few regular clients at my normal
    rates because of it.

    But, it also has its benefits for freelancers who do charge higher rates:

    1) it keeps the lower priced people busy - while we gain the higher paying clients
    2) it often leads to burnout in the freelancers who have to take on too much work
    3) which in turn means that those who are let down do more homework

    There are some people who can keep it up and not get burned out, but they are few and far between.

    Some people just have to learn first hand.

    Kindest regards,
  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    Hi Steven,
    I have dealt with that very same thing for over 15 years by developing websites. I have heard just about every story you can think of... I have heard so many times "Well you don't do anything but sit in front of a computer and type" my normal response is "Well, if you think it is that simple then why do you need me ?" ..

    Over the years I have had some really great clients and I have supported my family 100% from the internet the last 15 years, but I also have had some real cheap clients..

    • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
      You get what you pay for most of the time.

      A fair while ago now I paid someone $400 to write a sales page for me (I was new to the game and didn't know any better). The copy stank. Result? No sales.

      I started to write my own copy eventually and have now got to the point where I am happy with it for the most part. I make excellent sales from my own copy these days.

      Along the way though I paid a top-class copywriter $2,000.00 just to 'tweak' some sales page copy. He 'tweaked' it and conversions went through the roof. I recouped that 2k in double quick time.

      Here endeth the lesson.

  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    You pay peanuts, you get monkey's is my opinion. You really do get what you pay for. I'd rather pay $30 for one well written article than $100 for 40 or 50.

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