Nothing is more irritating than a freelancer asking what your budget is, after you explain that he’s not worth what he quoted you.
When you’re talking to employers, especially successful ones in the online world, we don’t have a tight budget that we want to stay within. We just want to get our money’s worth for what we are paying. Whether we hand you $50 or $1000 for a task, just provide us what it’s worth. If you quote $250 and I say that it’s too much. It doesn’t mean that I can’t afford that, or double that for the task, it means for the little you’re offering, it’s not worth $250. Either offer more or charge less, and which route you go, doesn’t matter to us.