I wrote my first article of 450 words for €70 (₹5,600).
That’s how I began in the writing world.
The thing is: my first project wasn’t underpaid.
My first project wasn’t vague or tedious.
My first project did not need multiple follow-ups for payment.
In fact, my first project was straightforward.
The prospect messaged me.
He told me exactly what he wanted.
He told me the fee.
He told me the deadline.
He asked if I was interested.
I said yes.
I wrote the article and submitted it.
The client requested some edits.
I edited the article and sent it back to him.
He approved it.
My PayPal instantly pinged with “You’ve got money!”
My first project was a good one.
It did one important thing for me: I discovered my starting fee.
I knew what I’d begun with.
And I knew I had to charge at least this much for any new projects.
And that’s how I defined my price and value.
Indeed, my first project lit up my freelancing career.
P.S. Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested. — Paulo Coelho