How much should I charge for my writing?
September 1, 2011 5:42 AM Subscribe
Freelance Writing Filter: I've been out of the freelance writing market for about three years. I want to go back. I just got an offer to write some online content, and I need to know how much to charge based on a range provided by the company.
posted by xenophile to Work & Money (5 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The last freelance writing I did was for a content mill that paid $10-$15 per 400-word article. That was all I could find in the recession, and it demoralized me -- and made me broke -- to the point where I jumped careers. I'm now in a low-paying day job and want to go back to freelance writing, at least on a part-time basis.
Out of the blue, an online editor contacted me to write about my present industry, probably based on my LinkedIn profile. Checking their site, their rates look extraordinarily generous -- $42-$85 per hour for web content.
They gave me a suggested word count range that would take me anywhere from three to ten hours to complete, depending on how many words the articles end up being and how long it takes to research and fact-check. Should I estimate the upper end or average it out to about seven hours?
I also don't want to price myself out, nor do I want to lowball my rates. My experience level would be mid-career, but as I mentioned, I have taken three years off. However, my deliverables are excellent. The samples they provided me with have been mediocre at best. I can do better.
I currently make $9/hr at my day job, so even the low rate of $42/hr sounds like untold wealth at the moment. The highest hourly rate I made for freelancing in the past was $40. But if I can command more, I want to.
Please give me your suggestions, Hive Mind. I need to put in a bid today.