If you are just sticking your feet into the waters of online writing, you need to have an idea of how much to charge for each task. Do you charge per task, hour, project or by word? Setting your freelance writing rates shouldn’t be hard, all you need is to know what to do and how to do it. Let us look at some tips to help you charge enough.
Know About the Project
You need to know as much as you can about the project. This is because the more information you have, the bigger the chance that you come up with the right price.
Ask as many questions as you can, for instance whether they supply the keywords, how many words they expect, and whether the client needs more media than what he has asked for. This can also be a link to include in the copy. All these factors add more time and effort to each copy you write.
One of the best ways to make sure you got all the information from the client is to come up with a checklist. You can use the checklist to come up with a questionnaire for each client so that you ask the right questions.
You need to figure out the time you need to handle the project. Obviously, the longer the time, the more you ask for. If you don’t have an idea of how long you take to perform a task, sit down and write a few pieces then get the average time each piece takes. Use this as the yardstick to determine what to charge.
Time is the biggest asset you have as a freelance writer, and the rates depend on how much time you take. You need to tell the client how long you take to deliver the task and use it as justification for the rates, here’s how.
Your experience also plays a role in the speed of writing. When you start, you take about an hour to write a 500-word post. A few weeks down the line and you do the same in 20 minutes, even less.
Don’t Fear Losing a Job
Once you put a rate on your time and experience, you won’t fear losing out whenever someone tells you that the rate is high. Your rates tell the client how good your skills are, and your abilities. Therefore determine the rate and stick to it.
Make sure you know how much to charge for a task you take up online. This depends on your skills and experience and the size of the task.