If you’re reading this, I probably just told you that you should pay me what you feel my work is worth.
I’m setting up this article to answer your questions. If one of your concerns isn’t here, of course feel free to talk to me about it!
- I started doing this in 2016 and it’s been great.
- I know it seems scary, but don’t worry: Whatever you offer won’t offend me.
OK. So, how in the world do you decide how much to pay me?
A Few Ways Not To Think About It
When you’re paying me to make a song, you’re not paying for the time that it takes to create it, you’re paying me for all the years and years of practice it’s taken to get to the point where I can write a song worth paying for.
Put another way: Some of the best songs are written spur of the moment.
Don’t think about it in terms of how long the song is, either.
But if time is not a factor, how do you decide what to pay?
Pay The Amount That Is As Close As Possible To What You Think It’s Worth
There’s how much you think it’s worth, and then there’s how much you can afford. Just find the balance between those two things, and we’ll be good to go! I’m confident that’s the number we’d have ended up at if we’d spent weeks negotiating, anyway.
It’s About Trust
I’ve been lucky in my career as a freelance songwriter: I’ve never had someone ditch out on paying me. I don’t even require getting half the payment up front — I’ve never needed to! It’s nuts, but it’s the truth.
So I’m confident that if you come to me looking for a song, you’ll want to do right by me. I believe in you! And remember: You won’t offend me. You honestly won’t. And you’ll have more time to focus on what really matters to you.