My goal in 2015 is going to be working less and earning more from my freelance work, so I can work on my own projects. However, at the moment I spend all my working time writing for clients, leaving me no time for other things. How would you suggest a freelancer go about increasing their rate, while working less? Obviously the aim is to find more higher paying clients, but its not that easy when you are pretty fully booked and have little time to find new work, and then go through all the negotiation of a new client. I get a good amount of approaches for new work but a lot of them fizzle out and come to nothing after quite a few emails back and forth. Some clients thought just put in a request to work right away, so its a mix of both. But new client negotiation can take a lot of time. Are there other ways to earn more, from the same amount of time? Should I be ruthless and quit all my existing clients that by me below my target rate, giving me more time to find new work? Any advice on doing this the right way? What prompted me to write this was a recent post I read, where another freelancer has pretty much got the perfect setup. I've followed Tom Ewer's Leaving Work Behind blog since before he got into freelance writing and its one of the reasons I gave freelance blogging a go, after seeing his success. Although its lost its way a bit recently, his latest post was a good read: http://leavingworkbehind.com/income-update/ Basically he shares how he got back on track with his freelance work after losing a bit of momentum and states how he earns $6,700 per month from 60 hours (3 hours per day x 20 days a month) work a month. However in the breakdown, only $3,500 of that is from freelance writing. So lets say he makes that from 60 hours a month = $60 per hour. I'm not sure if he is still using ghost writers for all his posts? Basically, if I could hit that amount from all of my freelance writing gigs, I'd be very happy and be able enough to work less and have time to work on other things. So how should a freelancer go about doing this? Any ideas? Thanks!