The #1 response freelanchers get to proposals is:
To which I would always say:
"You get what you pay for."
Which is true. I've been doing this a long time, and have a lot of special skills that afford me the ability to do things more quickly, and frankly better than most people -- especially those that haven't been doing this very long.
However, since I am older, I also come with expenses that I have to pay, which is why my rates are so high. Things like:
MORTGAGE CAR PAYMENTS UTILITIES GROCERIES EQUIPMENT
Just to name a few. I don't do this for my health. And I would like, just like you, to have money left over to do things that are fun. Yes I have a fun job, but it is a job. A hard job. A job that doesn't come with benefits.
There's no 401k. There's no employer health insurance. There's no supply closet paid for by a company. There's no company wifi. All of that stuff is provided by me.
But there's a more important reason why you hire me instead of somebody else. Because I will return you more money, even though I am more expensive.
Do you think there is a reason people give Stephen King money still and not just Joe Blow? Joe Blow is cheaper -- but he's not going to be reliable. He's not going to get the job done right. And he's not going to help you sell the thing.
I'm all for hiring whatever artist or writer is best for your project. If it's not me, fine. Hire somebody else, but know you're get the trade-offs of not hiring me.
But I'm not too expensive. I know what I'm worth. I know exactly how much I charge and how I got that number. My rates are negotiable to a degree, depending on how much I love a project and how much spare time I have.
But it's insulting for you to tell me that's too expensive. And it makes you sound like a moron.
Granted, this isn't a beginner level post. But it needed to be said.