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Should I bid lower than my hourly rate to fit client budget? Looking for opinions

irieislandgirl
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Melinda M Member Since: Nov 25, 2016
1 of 19

Hi Gang!

 

I really DO NOT want to sell myself short lowering my hourly rate, but I want to send in a proposal for a job, and the client's budget is $12 to $14 an hour. If I bid lower, then the client may think my skills are lacking, and they're not. This position is in my field of skills. If I keep my hourly bid, which is $4 over his budget I will not be considered. I have not had a job in 2 months. I NEED some money coming in. 

 

Your thoughts??

 

 

kbadeau
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Kelly B Member Since: Jan 1, 2016
2 of 19

Personally I bid at my preferred rate and explain why they should hire me instead of someone else. I'm in a different field though.

kbadeau
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Kelly B Member Since: Jan 1, 2016
3 of 19

Also that at least gets your info in front of them. They can always come back and ask you to work at the rate they offered, in which case it's more like you're compromising, and less like you don't think you're worth it.

sergio-soria
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Sergio S Member Since: Dec 19, 2017
4 of 19

I do not recommend to bid lower. If a client is serious and you are really good you can still be considered and hired even being more expensive than what they are looking for. Check their average hourly rate paid, if it's between $5 and $10 forget it, but if it's higher you can still be hired with your current rate.

joansands
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Joan S Member Since: Mar 18, 2019
5 of 19

Melinda - When you need a job, you need a job. Why don't you try reducing your rate a bit. A job at a somewhat lower rate is better than no job at all. Maybe a bid at $15 would get you the job.

researchediting
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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
6 of 19

Melinda M wrote:

If I keep my hourly bid, which is $4 over his budget I will not be considered.


While conceivably true for this particular client, in general: false!—as has been attested repeatedly by some of the most successful freelancers. Second-guessing clients is a mug's game. Posting, bidding, billing, and collecting rates that reflect your worth is a professional's game.

lysis10
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
7 of 19

I wouldn't but I'm a snob and an a-hole.

tlsanders
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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
8 of 19

Melinda M wrote:

Hi Gang!

 

I really DO NOT want to sell myself short lowering my hourly rate, but I want to send in a proposal for a job, and the client's budget is $12 to $14 an hour. If I bid lower, then the client may think my skills are lacking, and they're not. This position is in my field of skills. If I keep my hourly bid, which is $4 over his budget I will not be considered. I have not had a job in 2 months. I NEED some money coming in. 

 

Your thoughts??

 

 


Why assume you won't be considered? I get hired all the time on jobs where I've bid substantially more than the client's budget, and so do a lot of other freelancers here.

irieislandgirl
Community Leader
Melinda M Member Since: Nov 25, 2016
9 of 19
I have gone up a just a little on my rate. I assume I will not get hired because most clients do not want to pay much for experience.

As you read, I have been out of work for 2 months. That has never happened to me. I usually get a job withiin 2 days. The pressure of no income is hurting me financially and mentally.
feed_my_eyes
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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
10 of 19

Melinda M wrote:
I have gone up a just a little on my rate. I assume I will not get hired because most clients do not want to pay much for experience.


So, don't work for "most" clients, then. Work for the ones who DO want to pay for your experience. Anyway what makes you so certain that you'll win this particular project if you do lower your price? Presumably many other people will bid the same amount or less. Maybe you'll stand out by charging more. 

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