Ah yes … we work for money, not really.
And we should. After all, you will not decide that a press release has moved in the afternoon announcing the new vice presidents of ACME Balloon Rental instead of inflation, right? Even in the morning, they did not disappear from the bed, "Finally, I'm releasing a brochure about the gadgets today, not the ending of my script!"
The fact that we work as a freelance writer and eat, we have to pay our work. But there is rubbing: What do we have to count on?
Get on the boat. At present, I charge $ 75 a prize per hour for anything that customers ask for, whether it's writing, ghostwriting, or editing. It does not matter whether it's a brochure, a website, a book, a press release, or what. That's $ 75 per hour. (This rate is higher than the price of some writers, and less than others, the geographic market has a lot to do with it.)
The prizes are almost never customers. They know what they are waiting for and they seem to be okay with her. If it seems that a project will pay more than the customer would use, then I will give it approval. The last thing I want to offer a good customer to an unpleasant surprise when you open my account.
Fees have always been discussed with new customers. I do not usually tell them what I pay for each hour. This tells them very little, because only half of the equation. A writer takes five hours to complete the project, while another takes 10 hours. So he simply says, "I pay for $ 75 per hour" means nothing. That is why I value new clients with what I'm going to add to a project based on all of my data. I also know that the client knows that an estimate is required if the project parameters change halfway. The first estimate eliminates the sticker shock when the customer receives the bill. (Anyway, we might call it a "bidding", but I like "estimation" because it looks a little more flexible.) Of course, you can only count on what the market is wearing, but the fee structure I've been working for years is for me. Of course, I have occasionally raised my share
Do not be afraid to reject customers who are not willing to pay for what they are worth. If you continue to say yes to these people, you are in need of a small customer relationship, and you always pay at the bottom. Believe me, there are companies and individuals who are willing to pay the price of a good writer. If is a good writer, then you need to find them. But you will not find them when you face workplaces that are constantly paying and overwhelmed. I have a pet dog: writers who only contribute to their work They make life difficult for other diligent, professional freelancers, and ultimately they cut their own throats. I recently visited online to see what the writers wrote and offered online articles and content. I was shocked and sincerely excited that I read that some internet publishers offered 1/10/1 percent of the word! One per cent of a word was fairly normal. This kind of compensation is a slap for serious writers and any writer who accepts it will cause real damage to the profession as a whole.
Suppose things are in perspective: Yesterday, a garage door repair shop called for $ 89 to open one garage door. Did not spend it – less than five minutes! The day before, my sister paid $ 180 for a water pump to break the leak. It takes up to 30 minutes to work. And ask the writers maybe they work for $ 2 per hour? And some writers will do it? I can not think of it without trying to break something. One last thought. Some writers are asked to count on a one-off basis. This can work like magazine articles and the like, but most projects are crazy. Does not take into account the time spent on research and meetings, the approval process and other variables. I once had three days in the meetings and in creative time to figure out the title of a three-sign billboard for a small dormitory. If I had literally counted, I had to pay more than $ 400 in word. I told clients that I would buy $ 400 for each word, I would not leave the work. But I told them that I would charge about $ 1,200 for their three-day work to make them reasonable. And it was. It was actually a theft. They used the headline for years in every marketing material.
In my dreams, I regularly get $ 400 literally for the 2000 travel articles … in my dreams