As a VA, sticking to your rate is important. Sticking to your VA rate is also like negotiating for your salary in a physical workplace. As a VA, you will not only be paid based on your skills, but also for your incremental costs (electricity, Internet bill), so it is important that you are well paid.
Here is the story of how I stuck with my rate.
One client responded to my ODesk job application (remember the 20 ODesk job applications the last time? See, I told you someone’s going to respond). She sent me through ODesk e-mail a few questions as part of the interview. I replied to her questions immediately. After that, she responded with a step-by-step instruction on researching for a material for a blog post, creating a blog, and posting a blog post. For her last instruction, she told me to give her the total number of hours I did the instructions.
I did what she instructed me to do. When I finished, I replied to her with a link to the blog, saying that it took me one and a half hours to do the job. I told her that I spent majority of the hours in composing the post’s content.
She was happy with the sample post that I did. But when rate negotiation came, she said she could only pay me $1.00 per hour. She said it that the blog where she would need my help will take months before attracting sponsors. More so, she could not promise that she would be able to raise my pay. I insisted on my $3.00 per hour rate.
Sadly, she had to let me go. I was sad, too. I think the client is very nice and great to work with. But $1.00 per hour was just too small. My blogging and writing skills were worth more than that (they are actually worth more than $3.00 per hour, but since I’m still a beginning VA, I stick to the minimum rate).
And that’s the story of how I stuck with my rate.