This method of paying when a potential client contacts me lets me feel like I'm not throwing my money into the abyss of internet profiles. However, there are times when this system backfires. One example comes to mind for Music Entertainment. I spend over $30 for a quote. Now if this job is $400, $30 is fair. However, when I find out this client doesn't have a budget and is looking for someone to volunteer their time for tips, I have now spent $30 on a project I never would have bid for. If I get one gig after pitching for 4, that's half of the profit from a gig. In that respect, the pricing is not tailored to each individual project and the budget. If the client put the dollar amount they are willing to pay for the gig FIRST, that would allow me to gauge whether I value the $30 quote. After all, peoples' opinions on "basic" and "premium" etc is never going to be the same. Some may think $50 is basic and $400 is premium, where a corporate client might think $400 is basic and $4000 is premium. I wasted too many $30 bids for jobs that had a lower budget than they originally stated. Because of this, I now go elsewhere to get gigs, which is a shame.
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