We have recently had people paying $1,800, $2,400 $1,000 and now $5,000 for writing.
To say you can't charge higher rates is rubbish.
We keep getting one complaint, and that is our prices are too low. Come the end of the month and our prices are going to be raised. Every time we increase our prices we get bigger projects.
So yes you can charge $2 an article, and work long hours, or you can charge higher rates and get a different class of clients.