Rates and Billing
Q. What are your freelance writing rates?
A. I don’t have a standard rate schedule because each client and project has different needs. Each project is priced individually based on the specifics of the assignment. Some of the factors that affect pricing for freelance writers include the amount of time needed to develop creative concepts, research requirements, the number of client meetings or interviews involved, and writing time. If you contact me with details of the job, including the deadline, I can provide you with a quote within 48 hours.
Q. What is your billing procedure?
A. Once you have agreed to the scope of work, deadline, and pricing on a specific project, contracts generally require a 25% down payment before work begins. The remaining balance will be invoiced once the project has been completed.
Q. How do you handle revisions?
A. I want you to be happy! I provide one round of revisions at no cost for requests sent to me within two weeks after delivery of the content. The only exceptions to this are when clients change their minds about the overall direction or substance of the content, at which point we will re-evaluate the contract.
Q. How far in advance do I need to contact you about starting to work on a project?
A. That depends on both the scope of the project and my existing workload at the time. I generally try to allow enough leeway in my project schedule to accommodate new projects within 5–7 business days.
Q. Do you accept rush assignments?
A. Although rush assignments are the exception rather than the rule, if my schedule allows I do accept projects that require a faster-than-normal turnaround, at a slightly increased rate. My loyal, repeat clients are given top priority when it comes to last-minute content needs.
Working with Freelance Writers
Q. When is it best for me to get a writer involved in an upcoming project?
A. You’ll want to engage a freelance writer for your project when you have a good understanding of what you want to accomplish and have time available to answer questions about the project.
If you have only a general idea of what you need, but are having difficulty pinning down the specifics, an early consultation with a writer may be beneficial. Assignments that get started before the client has a solid understanding of what they want can get bogged down by ambiguity, and can sometimes result in added costs due to large changes in the original scope of work.
Waiting until the last minute to hire someone can also create issues. Full-time writers are usually balancing several clients at a time and need some time to fit your project into their schedule. Not all writers are able to accept rush jobs, and most that do charge an increased rate for the quick turnaround time.
Q. Why are freelance writers’ rates so varied?
A. There isn’t an easily definable “typical” rate for freelance writers. Writers’ rates can vary greatly depending on the type of writing they do, their geographical location, their level of experience, and several other factors. If ever you’re quoted a rate that seems way too good to be true, be sure to do your research and explore samples of the writer’s work before you sign a contract.
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