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How Much Do You Make?

from By Minda Zetlin

It's a simple question that can cause an untold amount of grief. What do you charge per hour? What's the lowest pay you'll accept per word? Do you work for free? Why or why not? How do you calculate how much you need to reach your income goals? And are you reaching those goals? How much do you earn every year?

I was taken aback when a newspaper business reporter put the question to me point blank: Did I make at least $100,000 a year? If not, she implied, freelancing wasn’t worth doing. We were at a gathering of journalists where I was the only freelancer, feeling a bit like a wild horse looking into the paddock at domesticated horses, and having them look wistfully back out at me, wondering whether a dependable supply of grain and hay was worth giving up their freedom to roam. more

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