I'm fairly new to freelancing, but I have an active online presence in my community, which a startup company noticed. They approached me for an ongoing project and requested a 60% discount off my stated normal rate, which is dramatically below my minimum acceptable rate. Considering that it's ongoing work, I offered a 40% discount, but they maintained that they needed the 60% discount.
Should I just settle for the low rate? Or would I be missing a huge opportunity if I decline the offer? (I'm not sure how common ongoing contracts are in freelance web development.)
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!