One day, I came across a new product in my favorite niche. The
chance to finally do some work on a subject I love and with a
resource that has never been offered to this market before.
So I shot the creators an email with an offer. Did they need any
writing done? Would they take a look at my suggestions? Would they
let me donate my time, working for free, just to be a part of this?
That was my mistake. I got ahead of myself. When I sent that email, I wasn't
thinking about the money (or the client). Instead it was all the possibilities swirling
around, like where this product could go, how it's gonna be a steamroller in that
industry, that I'm gonna be there when that happens.
But it was the wrong offer on my part. I knew it when the client replied:
"I'd feel more comfortable working out an hourly wage"
I read that and my head finally broke free of the fog. Of course he would feel
uncomfortable. His product is fighting against the exact thing I was offering--
However, I don't really want to work with an hourly wage. When I finally told him
my rate for an auto responder series, well, there may been some backtracking.
Now, I still want to work with this client, because I think he's an awesome guy who
sticks to his values, but now I'm stuck with figuring out how to price this.
Long story short: Client wants to pay me even after I (stupidly) offered to
work for free. How do I price this? Should I:
(a) Charge my usual rate, but with a payment plan of x months
(b) Earn a 5% commission on every sale
(c) Suggestion of your choice
And I'm not just doing an auto responder, this arrangement will include
other work that needs to be done. My gut is telling me (a).
Thanks for your time