I've been working on building up my professional site, thinking up some killer blog post ideas for it, gathering some (embarrassingly) flattering testimonials from my best clients, and am almost ready to launch it -- all I need is a good head shot for the front page and a "rates" page.
And that's where I'm getting cold feet.
I'm looking at the Writer's Market rates...and several articles throughout the Web...and all of them seem to pretty much agree on standard prices (it seems the average always pretty much falls between $50-100/hr or around $1/word). Yet despite obvious evidence that this is a standard rate...and presumably, plenty of people are making this much money (and PAYING this much money)....I can't quite get over the feeling of "naaaah...there's no way anybody would pay me that much!"
My experience is primarily Textbroker and similar content mills and some Craigslist clients. When I land a 20 cpw "expert team" article on TB, that already feels like manna from heaven. I just can't wrap my mind around being able to "get away" with charging what the work is actually worth. (And I know my writing must be fine...I've ghostwritten articles that ended up on Forbes! I have an article in my own name being published at Writer's Digest! Clearly I must be pretty decent at this!)
How in the world do I get over this so I can confidently talk rates with future clients?