Here's what happened, in chronological order:
24 Hours Ago: I officially launched my freelance writing service by marketing myself, sending out introductory e-mails to anyone and everyone that seemed like they needed writers.
22 Hours Ago: Thirty e-mails sent. The first person replies and asks about my rates. He doesn't reply after that. Still kept going.
20 Hours Ago: Fifty e-mails sent. Take a little break, stretch my back.
19 1/2 Hours Ago: Someone else asks about my work process and rates. We exchange e-mails in quick succession.
18 1/2 Hours Ago: I received my first project, and the payment upfront.
The amount I received?
$40 for a 400 word article.
I'm sharing this because I know how it feels to be a down-and-out Warrior, looking at the party going on while shivering in the cold outside.
Sometimes the $5 writers make it seem like that's as good as it gets, and it's made me hesitate more than once about my own pricing. Are my rates too high? Are they too low? On and on and on.
To be honest, I was still thinking about it when I started sending the e-mails. Then I got sick of it. If anyone challenges me about my rates, I reasoned, I'll just scrub them off the list.
And now look what's happened.
My point is - if you think you've got it, don't sell yourself short. Because someone out there is willing to buy from you.
Hope it helps.