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How do you determine how much to charge for an hourly rate for a freelance writi

  1. LisaKoski profile image92
    LisaKoskiposted 4 years ago

    How do you determine how much to charge for an hourly rate for a freelance writing gig?

    I've been offered a job to write 1-3 articles monthly. They've never worked with a freelance writer and I've never been offered a paying job so neither of us know what is fair. It requires research for each article, so we agreed that an hourly rate, rather than charging per article is fair but I'm still not sure how much I should charge.

  2. ChristinS profile image95
    ChristinSposted 4 years ago

    that depends, what word count do they want? How much research is required - light or extensive? How long do you think it will take you to write them? When I started, I wrote 500 words articles for about $15. they were light on research and took me an hour or less.  Now that I'm established I make about $20 or so for a 500-600 word article, but I write in my niches and only seek clients in those genres - so I am pretty fast. 

    It's confusing at first, but it depends a great deal on your experience, not only writing, but also in the subject area you are writing about. For me, I had work experience in those genres so I can charge more.

    1. ChristinS profile image95
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I was answering on the assumption this is articles for website content smile if it's print or highly specialized that's a different story. I'd base it on what you want to earn per hour though and then ask for that amount.

  3. DonnaCSmith profile image89
    DonnaCSmithposted 4 years ago

    I would charge by the word. That is how I've always been paid for freelance articles. Then they can set a word-length to fit their budget. I sure would not do a 500-word article for less than $100 which is very low at .20/word. But you say you are just starting out.

    1. ChristinS profile image95
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      For magazines or something, for online that is way high for standard content articles though isn't it? I know print tends to pay higher.

  4. Karen Banes profile image82
    Karen Banesposted 4 years ago

    I usually charge per word rather than per hour. But to be honest, per hour might work better if there's a lot of research involved. I've charged as low as $25 for a 500 word article, thinking it would take me less than an hour, and ended up spending 3 hours on it. Usually clients have a set budget to work with though. Has this client not mentioned what their budget is?

    1. LisaKoski profile image92
      LisaKoskiposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      No he just told me to let him know what I think is fair next time we meet in a couple of days to talk about everything. I'm afraid of overcharging and losing this or undercharging and screwing myself over lol

  5. carter06 profile image80
    carter06posted 4 years ago

    Good on you Lisa, I reckon somewhere between 20/30 dollars is a fair price, especially starting out..cheers