If you ever want to start making decent money from freelancing, you must stop operating from a place of fear and scarcity – feeling like this client is the only client you’ll ever have, and that if you lose them, all else is lost too.
If you’re always scared you’ll lose the client, you’ll never be able to put your rates up.
Actually, scratch that. Because you will always be scared you’re going to lose the client. (Unless you’re in that beautiful, safe place of not needing the client to make rent.)
So you’ve got to accept the fact that this is scary, and that you might lose the client, and then you’ve got to do it anyway, because it’s the right thing to do – for you and your business.
And besides, if you did lose the client you’d be able to find another. (You found this one, right?)
You’ve just got to be brave and go for it, despite not knowing the outcome.
Or just keep doing what you’re doing – and accept that nothing will ever change.
Because if you want change? You’ve got to get it for yourself. Because it’s the rare client that offers you a raise.