“Soon after I began my freelance career, I discovered the benefits of keeping a project log for each new article or client. That way, I know exactly how much time I am spending on each assignment, and what my hourly rate is.
I soon learned that there are vast differences between, say, a 700-word artist profile and a 700-word round-up of the latest innovations in cataract surgery. While there is sophisticated time-management software you can buy, I just make a simple table in Word listing date, task, and time spent.
Now, when a client approaches me with an assignment, I can quickly calculate whether the rate is worth the time I’ll spend on it.”—Abigail Green, freelance writer and editor
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