Freelancer Writers – Charge What You’re Worth!

Ah yes … we work for money, don’t we.

And we should. After all, you wouldn’t choose to spend your afternoon writing a press release announcing ACME Balloon Rental’s new vice president of inflation instead of working on your novel, would you? Nor would you pop out of bed in the morning thinking, “Finally, today I get to write a brochure about widgets instead of finishing my screenplay!”

The fact is, as freelance writers, we work to eat, and to eat, we must charge for our work. But there’s the rub: What should we charge?

Let’s cut to the chase. I currently base my fees on $75 per hour for anything clients ask me to do, whether it’s writing, ghostwriting or editing. It doesn’t matter whether it’s for a brochure, Web site, book, press release or what. It’s $75 per hour. (That rate is higher than some writers charge and less than others charge. The geographical market has a lot to do with it.)

My fees are almost never discussed when I work with repeat clients. They know what to expect and seem to be okay with it. If it looks like a project is going to cost more than the client is used to, I bring this up for approval. The last thing I want is to give a good client an unpleasant surprise when he or she opens my bill.

My fees are always discussed with new clients. I usually don’t tell them what I charge per hour. That really tells them little, because it’s only half of the equation. One writer might take five hours to do the project while another would take 10 hours. So simply saying “I charge $75 per hour” means nothing. That’s why with new clients I estimate what I would charge for a project, based on all the information I have been given. I also let the client know to expect changes in the estimate if the project’s parameters change midstream. An up-front estimate eliminates sticker shock when the client receives the invoice. (By the way, you could call it a “bid,” but I like “estimate” because it seems a bit more pliable.)

Ultimately, of course, you can only charge what the market will bear, but the fee structure I’ve just described has worked for me for years. I have, of course, periodically raised my rate.

Don’t be afraid to turn down clients who aren’t willing to pay you what you’re worth. If you keep saying yes to these people, you will get locked into a low-level of clientele and will always be underpaid. Believe me, there are companies and individuals out there who are willing to pay the price for a good writer. If you are a good writer, you just have to find them. But you won’t find them if you’re swamped with jobs that keep you perpetually unpaid and overworked.

I have a pet peeve: writers who low-ball their rates just to get work. They make life difficult for …

Singing Is a Tough Road

In society, singing as a career has become desirable to many, especially among the young. The reason behind this is the fame and fortune associated with singing. Many people in the world take singing as an appealing career but it is more than that. The opportunity for a singing career is always there, but competition among thousands of people has killed the persistence and determination of many.

In the first place to become a singer is a risky exercise although some people are born with the talent. If singing to you is a talent then it will manifest its fruits but not otherwise you realize it. Everyone knows of people who had the ability and were talented as good singers but due to lack of exposure they end up becoming failures. The dream in them is never executed and they finally die with their talent. It is also important to realize that in singing you should firmly believe that you can do great. Fear is known to beat many people who want to become famous singers.

There are some prerequisites into becoming a famous singer. If the facts are observed and respected than great results can seen. First, those who want to become great singers must admire becoming public figures. You can not remain in the village and claim to be great. It is advisable you move out of your home environment and focus on a mission to tell the world what you have. Secondly as much as you would like becoming famous, you need connections. Interacting with other people who have made it is one of the ways to help you in winning the game.

Thirdly, you should know that your determination, endurance and commitment are needed. It should ring into your mind that nothing comes easy or on a silver platter in this world. Fourthly note that, above all time is of critical important to learn music. Fame in singing will not come randomly but it is a deliberate issue. You have to obey the law of gradual growth and advancement. Many famous and successful singers never found themselves singing by instinct. You have to invest time learning the subject. Your understanding on the subject will save you heartache at the end of the day. Fifth as a law of the game, you have to be selective on the subject of your singing career. Remember that a jack of all trades is a master of none. It is good to select particular areas you are good at. Do not try and sing everything.

Lastly, you should know that, there will be enemies to discourage you in pursuit of your vision. Do not let your enemies give you direction. They may want to stop you by backbiting and showing you that you can not make it. Stay with people who support your ambition. If the above suggestions are put into action then you will start seeing changes to what may seem impossible to many. …

Pursuing a Pharmacy Career Nationwide

Many people in these economic times are pursuing a pharmacy career. Some benefits of learning to be a pharmacist are:

1) Entry Level salary is usually anywhere from $ 70,000 to $ 149,000 depending on location and need.

2) Being a pharmacist, your work hours are random. You often work 7 on and 7 off, work during the evenings or work the usual 9-5 retail hours.

3) Pharmacists generally will come out of their schooling with a reduced debt compared to other health care professional schools.

4) Pharmacists generally can become a fully licensed pharmacist in your early 20s, allowing you to enter the workplace at an age earlier than some other jobs that pay this much.

5) Pharmacists get to work very closely with patients who are fulfilling their prescriptions. They are a very trusted source of information relating to the side effects and interactions of the various drugs they are on.

6) Pharmacists who are in a retail pharmacy get to interact very closely with patients, or if they are in a clinical or hospital setting, with the staff of those facilities and they help individuals out a lot when they are going through serious issues in their lives. This can be very rewarding to most people.

Above are just a beneficial of the advantages to trying to become a pharmacist.

If you are a pharmacist who is looking for help finding an opportunity, The Healthcare Staffing Group , LLC can help you find a placement with one of our nationwide clients. We have full-time, part-time, temporary and permanent positions available nationwide! …