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How Much Should You Charge For Freelance Writing Jobs?

Updated on October 8, 2013

The Impetus for This Article

“Bill, I love your tips and advice for writers. Have you written anything about how freelancers should go about pricing their work? I don't recall seeing anything but maybe I missed it. If so, could you point me to it? That's the thing I seem to struggle with the most. If not, maybe that's an idea for a future article. Thanks!”

So asked Deb Neyens, a friend of mine on HubPages. Deb asked and I now respond.

When I started my freelance gig a little over two years ago, this was one of the first questions I had to answer. It is a confusing world out there for someone just starting out as a freelance writer. There are endless possibilities and opportunities, but there are also countless freelance writers competing for the same gigs. How does one know what to charge for one’s services?

Hopefully this article will help you all avoid the mistakes I made early on. I began my career with the trial and error method of pricing. In other words, I made mistakes and then learned by them. I over-charged on some bids and lost them; I under-charged on other bids and ended up working for practically nothing. Sound familiar to any of you?

Today I am a bit wiser and I only accept jobs that pay me what I believe my talents are worth.

Remember that we are dealing with the law of supply and demand. In certain areas of freelance writing, there is a glut of supply (writers) and that drives the price down. In other areas, the supply is not as large, and that allows for higher pricing.

As a freelance writer, you are in control of your pricing and only you know what you feel your time is worth. I have reached a point in my career where I can pick and choose which jobs I want. I refuse to work for pennies, and I refuse to take on some jobs that require more time than I am willing to invest. Only you can answer what you are willing to work for, but perhaps I can give you a few guidelines to follow.

First a word about content mills, and then we will move on to some better-paying jobs.

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The Ungodly Content Mill

According to Wikipedia, a content mill (farm) is:

“In the context of the World Wide Web, a content farm (or content mill) is a company that employs large numbers of often freelance writers to generate large amounts of textual content which is specifically designed to satisfy algorithms for maximal retrieval by automated search engines. Their main goal is to generate advertising revenue through attracting reader page views[1] as first exposed in the context of social spam.

In other words, the main goal is to attract viewers to the articles using keywords and SEO techniques. Does that sound familiar, HubPages writers?

Some of these content mills, like Demand Media and Associated Content, generate over one million articles per year using articles written by freelance writers such as you. The pay can be ridiculously low. I know of some freelancers who are paid $2 for a 500 word article. Quite frankly I would rather pull my fingernails out with pliers than work for such a low pay scale, but I also understand that there are those out there who do not have the freedom that I have.

There are alternatives. I subscribe to several sites that simply post job notices from employers looking for freelance work. You can find some of them here. There is no bidding per se. You simply send in the materials they ask for, like samples of your work or in some cases a resume, and then they decide whether you are a good match for them. They all post their pay scale and you can pick and choose which jobs to apply for. I also regularly check Craigslist for their writing jobs.

The SEO work that I do is not for content farms. I apply only for individual companies looking for help with their websites or blogs. I will not work for less than $10 for 400 words, something I can do three of in an hour….thus….$30 per hour.

I currently do writing for two real estate companies (local), one restaurant, four salvage yards and one gaming company. I limit myself to twenty articles per week, so you can do the math. There is more work out there but I choose to spend my afternoons working on my platform and career.

Enough about content mills. Let’s talk about other opportunities out there and what the industry standard is for pay.

Around the Block and up Your Alley

The following rates were generated from a survey of many of the leading freelance organizations in the United States. They should be considered only a guideline.


Rate range for freelance writing job

Job description
Per Hour Rate
Per Assignment Rate
Per Word Rate
Advertising copywriting
$35 to $150 per hour
$150 to $9,000 per
$.25 to $3 per word
Catalog copywriting
$25 to $150 per hour
$25 to $350 per item
n.a.
Press Release
$30 to $180 per hour
$125 to $1,500 per project
$.40 to $2 per word
Speech Writing
$35 to $170 per hour
$2,700 to $10,000 per
n.a.
Book Editing
$20 to $100 per hour
$1,200 to $7,900 per
$.01 to $2 per word
Ghostwriting
$35 to $125 per hour
$5,500 to $47,000 per
n.a.
Manuscript Typing
na
$10 to $100 per
n.a.
Blog or Website Articles
na
$2 to $30 per
$.01 to $1 per word
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And the list goes on and on and on.

As you can see, there is a rather wide range in fees charged. Generally speaking, that wide range can be attributed to skill level and experience. A professional speech writer can obviously charge more than a novice. A freelance writer with experience can charge more than someone just starting out.

The bottom line on pricing is this: you, as a freelancer, are the CEO of your corporation. You must determine what you are willing to work for and then you must set your rate and run with it. What is your time worth? What are your skills worth? I recently did an editing job for a friend of mine, the second editing job I have done. I do not consider myself experienced, and he is a friend, so I charged considerably less than the going rate. In the end, he was very happy with the job I did for him, and I gained more experience to add to my resume (and also made a few hundred dollars).

Rosy skies are yours with proper pricing
Rosy skies are yours with proper pricing | Source

Some Final Thoughts

If everything I have written so far sounds a bit nebulous well, that’s because it is. Content mills and the recent flood of freelance writers have made pricing a bit of a crap shoot for many. You really don’t know what you can get for a job until you try, right? I would strongly suggest that you do not undervalue yourselves. Your time is worth something, as is your talent. Do not sell either of those things low. You are a professional and as such you should be compensated as a professional.

How do you get these jobs other than the sites I mentioned? Get out there and establish your platform and your business. Get business cards printed up. Contact local businesses. Network, network and then network some more. Remember that I started from nothing, and I do mean nothing. I had a computer and I had determination. Two years later I call my shots and I have an established business. It can happen to you as well but it takes some good old-fashioned elbow grease.

Good luck to all of you! If I can be of any assistance, feel free to contact me at holland1145@yahoo.com and I will answer any questions you might have….free of charge. J

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub for freelancers. I wrote for Demand Media for almost three years..and though I got paid 15 per article it usually took all day to do it. Very strict guidelines. I currently write for a site paid 10 per but can also do at least 3 per hour. Sounds like you have many good writing sources...Sharing all this writer information has been so helpful and I am sure to others....Thanks..and you see I am still here.....

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Very useful information you got her Bill. I've been thinking of looking into freelance writing with a local newspaper, just didn't know how to go about it or how to set the price. This will definitely help a lot.

      Thanks. Have a great weekend! Voted up and useful.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Very informative and use hub here Bill.

      Will save this for future reference no doubt!

      Thanks for the great and useful info here you have gathered through your own experiences.

      Have a lovely weekend.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I do see that, and I'm happy that you are. As for the payment guidelines, I think many writers are too worried about not making any money and they settle for sub-standard pay....one has to be patient and apply, apply and apply some more....eventually some decent-paying jobs will be theirs.

      Thanks my friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, don't under-value your work. That's the mistake many first-time content writers do....your time and effort should be worth something others than pennies. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. I'm just trying to help the community.

      Have a wonderful weekend and blessings always.

      bill

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Bill,

      I would love to do this in between writing on my 13 blogs, HubPages and I might just give it a try.

      Thanks for always helping us.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Ruchira 3 years ago

      Thanks for an elaborate hub on this. I agree that some vendors are down right cheap. Recently was offered $5 for 1,000 words. Darn cheap! Thanks to your earlier pricing I turned them down...in turn I get a nasty reply from her... Ridiculous!!

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      ExoticHippieQueen 3 years ago

      Thanks, Billy, for this useful article. I have bookmarked the page for reference.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      You know I love you, but ten dollars for 400 words seems awfully low. I just sold a bunch of 600-word articles for $32.50 a piece and know that I was underpaid. Of course, there's a middleman (pc: middleperson) who collects a slew of articles and sells them to someone else for a profit. I just don't put any time into my freelance writing career so I settle.

      Problogger has a job board with writing jobs that go from laughable to livable. Tom Ewer has a website called Leaving Work Behind, and he was able to land two well-paying jobs from Problogger. He also has a series of 3-dollar Amazon e-books on freelancing subjects like how to get clients and what to charge.

      You are definitely right that it takes a substantial amount of time and effort to get paid what you deserve. Those content mills make life more difficult for everyone. I started out writing for textbroker and omg, that is so stressful. Submitting and resubmitting in order to collect 5 dollars--how sad.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, it's a jungle out there...perhaps I didn't work this properly...I said I won't work for less than $10 for 400 words....I rarely work for that any longer and when I do it is for someone who gave me a start early on when nobody else would.....I rarely write an article for less than $30 now....but for those just starting out, that may not be available until one establishes a track record.

      Have a great weekend my friend and thanks for the information so that others can learn.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Exotic...thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is ridiculous, Ruchira, but we can blame all of the freelancers out there who have agreed to work that cheap....if nobody took that pay the pay would increase. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, you have 13 blogs???? I can't even imagine my friend. I would be exhausted. :)

      Thanks for the visit and for sharing this hub.

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, totally informative and helpful. There have been times I have been asked by companies to write for next to nothing and I will say that like you I learned very quickly what I was worth and not to short change myself. But I thank you so much for sharing here the going rate by genre and by company type. Really does help seeing those numbers in black and white. Sorry, I was a bit delayed today. I tried getting what I could get to on my iPhone during the girls dance, but it isn't as good as my trusty MacBook. But happy read, weigh in, pin, share and vote as always. Hope you are enjoying this wonderful weekend now!!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. This is a whole new world for me. I've never done any freelance writing. I write for Hubpages and answer some questions on Webanswers when I have the time. This is good to know however, as I won't be working my day job forever. Very interesting Hub. I'm sure I'll be coming back to this some day. Have a great weekend.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Awesome write up. And encouraging to fellow writers. And...content mills. Yes. Ugh. But, yes. Haha

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      Pamela Hutson 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Great article! I did well my first year freelancing, then my husband got very ill and it was no longer a priority. When I had time to come back to it the number of freelance writers had exploded due to the death of print media, laid off journalists, teachers, and bankers, and so forth. I am lucky to be in the position to write what I care about without regard for dollars, but I still write for one guy in Canada who pays me well.

      I would add that freelancing sounds good and it can be way more lucrative that most bad-paying part-time jobs but it gets to be a grind. What I ended up doing is developing a good nose for people who were cheap and untrustworthy. Burn me once, you're fired as a client, no second chances. Sounds harsh, but ugh, it's ugly out there.

      Right on with your pricing and advice. Thumbs up!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is very helpful information for anyone considering dipping a toe into the freelance waters. Thanks for the insight.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I made this mistake for a job I took on. She only wanted 500 words and paid $10 an article. The trouble was it was about topics that I didn't know anything about and spent a lot of my time researching. After 4 articles, I quit.

      From your pay chart, it looks like I need to get into a different field of writing. I need a vacation right now though. I'm thinking about taking a week or two off.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Great chart to use for a guide. I struggled with pay and I think I have it now. My scale pretty much aligns with yours. I do some social media writing for a few entrepreneurs and I'm not sure I have myself priced right in that area. Rather than change my price at this point, I have adjusted the number of blogs I will produce in a month.

      I definitely need to increase my marketing, however. Finding a balance between marketing, pricing and producing the work is very tricky. Sharing this.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Since i do not freelance, i feel somewhat out of place, but i wanted to tell you that your helpfulness toward others is wonderful..Thank you for all you do...

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think that is good pay but it seems little in a way considering what theses places are getting for that. My daughter-in-law does this besides her job but I think she mostly works for people in other countries and even writes books and stories that these places will make very much on. I know it is up to the writer but somehow just seems a bit sad. I guess because I would never sell as to give up rights to any of my writings and I will just always be poor. lol

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I'm not sure I would ever want to freelance. I enjoy writing here on HubPages and making a few dollars for it. I was contacted by a non-profit organization once, asking if they could use one of my hubs in their newsletter. Of course, I said yes at no charge. (I am a sucker for anyone trying to help our wildlife.) Maybe someday I will change my mind, but for now I just enjoy writing what I want to, when I want to. This is very useful information for those who need to make some money with their writing. I will keep this for future reference. Up, useful and interesting! :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      If I ever want to go to freelance writing, I know where to get advice now.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Great info. There is some serious money to be made. One of my fans Nina gets an average of 10,000 views a day.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, that's what I have been wondering all along... how much I should charge for freelance writing jobs.

      I used to do a lot for friends for free and they gave me impossible deadlines that made me stay up late nights for days. And they don't even buy me a cup of coffee after that! Now I know... I will show them your rates when they approach me the next time round. But can you change the US$0.01 to US$0.10? hahaha.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I am more than a bit delayed....24 hours late with my responses....busy day yesterday and another one today. Anyway, I appreciate you taking the time to visit, as you always do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, those travel articles are just waiting to be written, and with the right approach you will see success as a freelancer....thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, content mills are a ripoff and I hope I steered others away from them. Thanks lil' Sis and I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CR, I totally agree with what you have written....the number of freelancers out there are huge, but they are not all writers. I consider myself a writer and as such my time and effort are worth paying for....and paying well. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, you are very welcome, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, if you are thinking you need a vacation then you need a vacation, and the time off will help you with your writing. Have a great and relaxing time, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cydni, freelancing is not an easy gig, and for me the marketing is the toughest, but I have now reached the point where the marketing and long hours of writing are paying off. One needs to stick with it...make adjustments....and never lose your love of writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, this is definitely not for you, but I appreciate you taking the time to visit my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I guess it's all perspective. For those who need the money I guess it is worth it. For those trying to build their resume and create a platform for themselves, it is necessary to start at the bottom. For those of us with experience, there is no sense going backwards and compromising all the hard work we put into our craft.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, there are a lot of different freelancing....submitting ideas to magazines is freelancing, and then you are writing what you want to write.....anyone who sells their work is a freelancer. :) Thanks for the visit and continue to write what you want to write.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, I'll be here if you ever have questions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, that is a ton of views and I know of others who do that....not me, though. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I still do work for friends at great discounts, but for the most part I now charge what my time is worth....if they don't want to pay it then that's fine with me...I have many other things I can do.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Very realistic info, Bill, for writers who want to freelance. For me, writing speeches is the most rewarding - in many ways.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, do you do that? Write speeches? I would love to do that...I haven't found one of those jobs yet but I keep looking.....hooray for you...have you written a hub about that process? I would love to learn from your experience.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Thank you so much for this, Bill. I followed your other advice and took the day off yesterday so am now just getting caught up on my reading. This comes just in the nick of time, as I am submitting a proposal tomorrow to write a blog for a law firm. I couldn't decide how to go about pricing and reading this helped me figure it out. I am going to go with a per word rate that should get me to my desired hourly rate as long as I can write the posts as quickly as I think I can. Thanks for all of the good advice!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I'm glad if this helped. Good luck with your new blogging job. If you ever have any questions feel free to ask.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this hub Bill. There is so much that I learn from your hubs every day, about writing skills and jobs. This was interesting to know. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a great week ahead.

      Voted up and sharing this :-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very helpful, as usual. Now we have a guide if we are fortunate enough to secure such a writing job. Thanks for sharing.

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      suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you so much!

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Thanks for the detailed price list Bill , I don't know if I can ever come close to get anything out of my writing but yeah good to know where can I place my Bargain point :)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Thanks, Bill! A specific question was asked, and you answered it specifically! I like that! The chart near the end is very helpful. I'm impressed that you diligently accumulated several local customers over time. From my vantage point, absorbing what you share in your hubs and posts and carefully observing--to the extent that one is able to--is very inspirational and informative. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself--even on the weekends--so now go have a lot of fun with Bev! LOL! Aloha, my friend!

      Joe

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill--This is very helpful information for all of us. I remember over a year ago when I asked you for advice about what to ask for when contacted about writing some articles. It worked out fine, and I'm still writing for that person. I won't work for a few bucks for an article, either, but I think with some bids I need to go lower in order to get more gigs. Ah, live and learn! Great hub. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, it is my pleasure. If my information helps writers then I am very happy. Thank you for being so loyal and gracious in your praise.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, if you decide to try freelancing, there are many, many jobs out there, but don't undersell yourself.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, suziecat. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mr-veg, who knows when good fortune will strike for us. All we can do is keep writing and keep improving. So much of success is dependent on being in the right place at the right time. Good luck and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, we had a great weekend....very busy but enjoyable nonetheless. Now it's time to get back to work and schedule out next week. :)

      Thank you and I'm glad this was helpful to others. I believe in sharing information and I don't believe for a second that any of us are competitors. If others feel that I am competition then they have a very narrow view of the world.

      Aloha brother!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, thank you and yes, it is constant adjustment. In the end, we are only answerable to ourselves, right? If we are happy with what we are earning then none of this info makes any difference. :) Good luck my friend.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi billy, I remember the one that I wrote for, we had to 'spin' the article three times! and the pay was about a dollar for a thousand words! and then they said I wasn't what they needed, and yet reading their other writers work the spelling, the language and the content was atrocious! I am a bit scared to start now, not sure if I am good enough, well done for standing your ground, and thanks for the great information, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, you are good enough. Stay away from the content mills and find individual companies that need a writer for their website and blogs.

      Thanks for the visit my friend.

      bill

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Another excellent, helpful hub. Starting out you really have no idea where the pay scale runs. Anyone wanting to do freelance now, at least, has a gauge to use when trying to figure out what to get paid.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mary! I was completely in the dark when I started; maybe this will help others and if so....great!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a very useful article, as usual. It is so nice that you created this article after someone asked if you had one like this! There you go, being helpful, as always. You are a writer's best asset, my friend!

      I like how this goes along with your blog, as far as the suggestion to build our platform.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, a platform is only useful if you one day want to make money from writing. Otherwise there is little need for it.

      Thank you as always for being here and being so nice in your comments.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, this is very helpful. You've provided a great guideline to follow, and I love that you are such an open book. I'm definitely pinning and sharing this on Twitter.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Career....if this helps you in any way then I am pleased.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, I have never freelanced but this is very helpful, should I ever be able and ready to give it a shot! Slightly different topic, and sorry if you covered this in some other article...but you had mentioned that you sold another article in your blog. Congrats! I was curious if these were for print magazines or were these for online publications? Again, thanks for this helpful guide!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Melissa, and thank you! I have sold two articles to print magazines and one to an online magazine....it's a start and I am grateful and happy about it.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks again, Billy. I am learning so much from you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Deb. You are good people and I like helping good people.

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      Jim Higgins 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Excellent, Bill!I missed this earlier, but am glad I found it. This is a very helpful hub and thanks for suggesting ways to find clients too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Jim! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend my friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Ok - this hub rocks. I have been toying with the idea of doing some freelance, but I'm too nervous about taking that first step. This has given me the tools and a kick in the behind to do it. I will definitely be checking out the link to freelance writing sites. Like you though, I won't be writing for $2 an article. Yikes. Love this hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, feel free to email me at holland1145@yahoo.com if you have questions about freelancing. You might as well learn from my mistakes so you don't have to make the same ones. :)

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      Catherine Taylor 3 years ago from Canada

      Great hub as always Bill. You are a fountain of knowledge for freelance writers. Your list was very helpful and I am so glad to see that your own career is taking shape. You have accomplished so much in two short year. BTW I still check into your blog everyday, but rarely comment, gardens and children have taken over my summer, but your thoughtful words waiting for me in my inbox are often a highlight in my day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, gardens and children should take over these summer days. Thank you for the kind words, and know that I appreciate you very much.

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      alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not sure where you're getting your info, billybuc, because your hubs are usually so factual. I work for DemandStudios and the minimum pay is now $25 for a 400-500-word article and the prices keep going up. (There are $100 and $200 articles but I don't have enough privileges for that.) There's also thousands of titles to pick from, it only takes about 30 minutes to an hour to write an article, and they pay twice a week. Bottom line is it's not hard to make a full-time living from them, which I do.

      I know, I should probably write a hub about them -- since there are a lot of misconceptions going on about them.

      I also wanted to point out that the Writer's Market, which is updated every year, or you can subscribe to them online, has a chapter on how much freelancers should be charging for different projects.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Aurelio! It's always nice to have you stop by. I hope you are well and have a great weekend.

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      Alexander Okelo 3 years ago

      Personally I believe that guys should avoid the content mills as much as they could, because it is there that some unscrupulous people would take advantage of you and your work. Sites like Demand studio ain't so bad but any other site that pays you less than $30 for a 400-500 document is not worth your time.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carl, I completely agree with you. I can understand why so many do it, simply because they need money, but at some point in time you have to realize that your time is valuable.

      Thanks for the visit my new friend.

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      elske 3 years ago

      Great hub, very helpful and inspiring!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      elske, thank you so much! Best wishes with your writing.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I googled this information and yours was number 5 on the list- congrats! I missed this article and glad that I found it now since I am submitting a fee for writing my first freelance job. I am going to follow your advice, charge what I feel is adequate, being a novice I am going on the low side for this job. I feel confident as I have learned much from your HP articles and blogs. Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, congrats on your first freelance job. Excellent news. Yes, start low...I think starting out you have to. Build your business and then charge what you are worth. Thanks for sharing that Dianna and have a great weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      This is indeed of great help for all of us who are planning to be a freelance writer. I will be following your advice. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Great job Bill. Have a nice week ahead!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, thank you so much for the visit and nice words. I hope your week is productive my friend.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes there are, flipjork. It's a jungle out there. :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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