The client very likely saw both numbers and anchored their expectations of the hourly price you'd be willing to accept on the much lower number.
I suggest you put a higher price on your profile and then only make bids on jobs you find interesting at or below that price. On jobs you bid below that price, at least some clients will think they are getting a break compared to your "usual" pricing.
Of course, if your "higher number" is at the very high end for the type of jobs you are most interested in then you will get very few clients asking you to make a bid on their projects.
Why on EARTH would anyone have a profile rate of $ 8 and apply at an hourly rate of $ 30 or vice versa?
Clients are not stupid. They know how to look at profiles.
People who bid at rates different to their profile rate usually have a fake high rate and then "discount" to what they really want like a used car salesman. It's a cheap and unprofessional trick and some clients fall for it.
Having a profile rate a fraction of what you really want is just plain stupid.
While you may be right but your language was absolutely inappropriate. The reason for such high pricing was that the client needed the assignment overnight.
We all are trying to understand how this works. And since, I am a newbie, I am not entirely sure how this works.
I request you to refrain from using such low grade langauge for your fellow community members.
P:S: The same message goes to others who have liked Petra's comments and the language of such comments.
Quote: "I request you to refrain from using such low grade langauge for your fellow community members.
P: The same message goes to others who have liked Petra's comments and the language of such comments."
Okay, Petra and Others -- You/we have been properly dressed down by Nanny. Try to moderate your language in deference to the newbies. They are not entirely sure how this works.
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