So yesterday an old client of mine contacted me asking me to work on this project with him: rewriting 500 word articles for $1/100 words. I told him OK because I had some free time and I do need some work. So he sends me almost 20 articles for the first batch. I figured I'd be done with it by Sunday night. As I've been sick I've been trying to push through and get these assignments done. So I figured rewrites wouldn't be as hard to do as researching and writing content. I opened the first article to rewrite. Guess what? It's about 100 words long. That means if I want to make it to 500 words I'd have to add research to it to the tune of 400+ more words. Not for a penny per word. I wrote him back and told him kindly but firmly that I would finish this batch because I didn't want to leave him in a rut, but I would not continue working on the project beyond this weekend. The reason is I value my time and my skills and I would never cheapen my skills by doing this kind of work for this price. This project is not straight rewriting. It is scope creep, and if I don't put my foot down he will continue to do this to me. I know a lot of people don't feel that way but I also know a lot of writers who do. We set a minimum amount and that's what we work for. It's important, as a writer - and as a freelancer in general - to put your foot down. If people want what's outside of the scope of the project, they're going to have to pay for it. Don't be so desperate for money that you wind up overworking yourself for what only amounts to a few dollars. I see lots of freelancers making that mistake, and this is why contracts are important. But even if you don't have a contract, don't be afraid to put your foot down. If you don't clearly define your boundaries, you will always attract clients that want to do nothing but take advantage of you. Just words of advice from someone who has been doing this for nearly 10 years.