Yeah I feel I need a website because as I get more an more people asking me to write for them. I think I can say here is a website that will answer all your questions. I really just want a standardized way to save time and say my rate is X, I'm overpriced for a reason, if this piece doesn't move you to tear and this piece isn't as informative as you expected I might be underqualified for you.
I think Custom Farming is similar, anyone that fights me on price is probably not worth it but a job is a job and I don't know, the market just yet. Is 12 cents per word a good starting rate.
Well sure, create a website if you like; sometimes that can weed out the chaff.
Not usually a good idea to say outright what your rate is. If you're charging $1/word and the client is willing to pay $2, you just gave away money.
I cannot fathom making a living at 12 cents a word. How much do you need to make the time worthwhile?
At 12 cents per word if I sell/write 1000 per day. I make more per day that I do now by 20% at a 15/hour job working the same amount of time
At $1 per 1000 per day I would make about 3 times more than my dad ever made in his life.
Well, which do you aim for? To match or exceed a low-paying job? Or to make a comfortable living doing what you enjoy?
As with anything else, you have to decide what matters to you. And then consider what you have to do to reach that goal.
I'm not speaking here in terms of cheering oneself on. There's lots of business decisions, such as, "Which beat is most remunerative?" and "What do I have to do to improve the quality of my writing so that I can command a higher rate?" Such questions may lead to specific actions, such as finding a mentor or accepting a lower word rate if you get useful feedback from an editor whom you admire.
Not to mention: What do I enjoy? What am I good at? Where do these intersect? That implies deciding what you're unsuited for, as well. (I learned the hard way that I don't write news stories very well, and it takes me twice as long to write them. That forced me to decide if I wanted to learn the skill, or if I preferred to write stuff other than news. I chose the latter.)