I have been freelancing for some time now via job sites like Fiverr and Upwork, where of course you hardly ever get paid what you are worth. (Someone wanted me to write a 50,000 word novel...for $5, of which the sellers get only $4 due to Fiverr fees).
I was talking with someone about how I freelance on a discussion board, and they wound up sending me a private message saying, "What are your rates? Maybe I could throw some work your way."
The thing is, I have no idea what to charge as a beginner! He said he had some editing work for me, plus he knows people who need help writing stories (they have plot ideas but don't know how to write them...so they may need an outline, or someone to ghostwrite the whole thing). Then there are people who need content on website, so 500-1000 word articles.
I found some rates on a website, but they are for once you have proven you are worth that much. Below are the rates I found. (There is nothing for outlines, but I was thinking a flat $25 for that.)
Maybe undercut each one by $10. In the case of ones that list cents, maybe go 10 cents lower? I am not sure what would be asking too much as a beginner. That is why I came here to ask for advice.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Editing, basic copyediting: $30-40/hr
Editing, heavy copyediting: $4050/hr
Editing, website copyediting: $40-50/hr
Writing, fiction: $40-50/hr or 20-25/wd
Writing, ghostwriting: $50-60/hr or 26-50/wd
Writing, nonspecified: $40-100/hr or 20-$2/wd