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MichelleJ wrote:Hi Mal
I understand exactly and I think that there are many of us in this position... MichelleJ
christew wrote:Outsourcing and time management, but I'm continually making progress.
GT Bulmer wrote:One direct question for you: what do you personally outsource? GT
David Hurley wrote:Hi Chris,
As a follow-up to GT's question, how do you find the best quality service for a given price? I have done a bit of outsourcing and found it a very hit-and-miss process so far.
MichelleJ wrote:I have done a little outsourcing, mainly getting a few articles written when I have been very short on time, but getting anything that is done well is expensive as far as I can see unless one has excellent recommended sources.
christew wrote:There is more writers than writing jobs which creates a competitive market which keeps prices pretty low.
Alan Mater wrote:The question of quality comes into play at this point.
christew wrote:Alan Mater wrote:The question of quality comes into play at this point.
Yeah quality is often correlated with price, but paying more won't always guarantee higher quality.
If you look around there is a huge amount of great writing talent that work at good prices. I was once one of those writers (started at $3/post) before I eventually ended up doing my own thing.
The internet has empowered almost anyone to become a writer very easily, which has opened up the job market, pushing down prices considerably.
Alan Mater wrote:No, but it's a good indicator that you'll get good quality. People that provide quality know that they can raise prices due to the quality of their work.
Should we let the market determine how much we're worth, or should we tell the market how much we're worth and let it up to them to decide if what we're saying is true?
christew wrote:Alan Mater wrote:No, but it's a good indicator that you'll get good quality. People that provide quality know that they can raise prices due to the quality of their work.
It is certainly an indicator, but my personal experience after working with many many freelancers, that price is can be a weak indicator. Quite often the reason is some people are much better at marketing and selling themselves, which results in more clients, and higher prices. But their ability to market and sell themselves it not necessarily an indicator of their quality.Should we let the market determine how much we're worth, or should we tell the market how much we're worth and let it up to them to decide if what we're saying is true?
The market always decides. The price is not set until a transaction takes place, so you could put your prices where-ever you want but if nobody wants to buy it, then the market has refused that price.
Its certainly true some people undervalue their work (just as some over-value), but you can only raise prices as much as people are willing to pay, and as you raise your prices you'll find fewer and fewer willing to pay (market forces).
If you can charge more than average in your industry then that is great, certainly you should not lower your prices and I was in no way suggesting that. Its up to the freelancer to try and get as much as they can for the work they do, but market forces will always limit that.
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