You got hooked on this writing thing and thought getting paid for it would be sweet.
It is. The pain comes when you stop to figure out what and how you are paid.
This is NOT an exact science but beyond research, I highly recommend touching base with other writers from your community – offline and online. Think about your expenses, your time, rights you will be selling and, what YOU bring to the table as far as experience and the amount of research you will be doing. Add a markup percentage to help defray the costs of those things you don’t immediately think about: electricity, apportioning your taxes and insurance, your consumables (paper, ink etc.) Give some thought too, as to what the particular market will bear.
Having said all of that, consider this – your value. A great place to start is to read what Sharon Hurley Hall, one of my personal mentors, says about Writers’ Worth: Changing The Writing Conversation. When you get stuck or overwhelmed, come back to this again.
You don’t want to undersell yourself just to get the business. You want to walk away satisfied with what you’ve offered. However, if the client is reliable and respects your worth, you want them to come back; good clients are hard to find!
This list will prove to be useful for those travelling along their freelance journey:
Seawoman’s 2 Cents: NB. I update this from time to time as trends shift.
Trends continue to show content writing & marketing is HOTTER than ever – good news for us writers! That’s one the planks of Seawoman Creative Media‘s business.
How To Estimate On That Project
Keeping it 100%, this is the toughest part where I’ve agonized the most. You feel overwhelmed and wonder if you’re too over or too under. Then you may not send the quote at all! It won’t be perfect but just do it. I suggest you start with:
- Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator. A MUST-tap by Jennifer Mattern. Click HERE!
- Project Estimates For Freelance Writers. Jennifer Mattern gives you a great way to calculate your time. Tap HERE!
Charging for Writing (alpha)
- About Freelance Writing has a great post on “Setting Your Fees.” Tap HERE!
- Angela Hoy’s “Writing For Others – What to Charge?” Tap HERE!
- Blog post charging for Freelancers by Carol Tice (excellent one!) Tap HERE!
- Contently’s 2015 Freelance Rates Database for writers, designers, visual artists & photographers. (You can contribute your info too!). Tap HERE!
- Content Launch.com‘s published prices give you an idea with their rates
- Debra Jason gives great cost factors you need to consider. (Seems we are on the same page!) Tap HERE!
- Editorial Freelance Association has a great guide for Editorial fees and more. Tap HERE!
- Examples of Freelance Writing Rates by Allena Tapia (2016). Tap HERE!
- Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator. A MUST-click by Jennifer Mattern. Tap HERE!
- How Much Does Professional Web Content Writing Cost? by The Content Factory. Great guide offering all elements you need to consider in the true costs. Tap HERE!
- How Much Should You Pay For Quality Content? Interactive calculator for you. Tap HERE!
- How To Hire An Editor by Mark Nichol. Tap HERE!
- Lynn Wasnak’s How Much Should I Charge is excellent. This detailed post covers EVERYTHING: even for copywriting, resume writing, critiquing manuscripts, comic book writing and much more. Tap HERE!
- Sharon Hurley Hall has a great blog called “Get Paid To Write“. Tap HERE!
- What It Really Costs To Be A Freelance Writer by Laura Spencer. Tap HERE!
- What To Pay An Editor in 2015 Cheat Sheet by Lisa Furgison. Tap HERE!
- Writer’s Digest – Excellent table format on how to charge for writing & editing by the hour/ project/ page. Tap HERE!
Social Media Consulting and Management won’t go away soon (strategy, auditing, training and curation). My favs are: