Welcome to Day 3 of Freelance Writing Week II!
So far we’ve covered:
Now, let’s move on to:
What is the “right” pay for freelance writing jobs?
Basically this is something you’re going to have to decide for yourself, i.e., whether you’re comfortable with the amount being offered or want to negotiate. Rates are all over the place, so your best bet is to do lots of research before committing to a price.
One thing that is absolutely certain, though:
Be sure you know what you will be paid for an assignment *before* you even start.
To be clear, pay is usually offered in two ways: by the word or by the blog post/article. Print publications often have set rates that aren’t *too* negotiable (although it doesn’t hurt to ask), but you’ll probably have more wiggle room with online venues.
As stated above, rates vary widely, but it doesn’t hurt to look around to similar publications or blogs and make sure the rate you’re being offered is competitive.
Sometimes pay is also offered by the hour, so you should be prepared with a number for that as well.
How do I set freelance writing rates?
Many factors should be considered when deciding how much you should get paid for a freelance writing assignment, including but not limited to:
- Your experience
- Your expertise on the subject matter
- Length of the finished piece
- Amount of research required
- Writing time required
For more specific details on this, I’m directing you to Anne Wayman at About Freelance Writing, who recently posted:
Final note about freelance writing rates
If you’ve been writing for a publication or organization for a year or more and your rate has stayed the same, don’t be afraid to ask for a raise.
I did this with one of my regular clients and now make four times more per piece than when I started–and have a much smaller required word count as well. It never hurts to ask!
Also, on the subject of earning money as a freelance writer, check out:
Not Earning Enough as a Freelance Writer? You Have Only Yourself to Blame by Jennifer Mattern at All Freelance Writing. Jennifer gives *excellent* advice that is sure to get you motivated to find well-paying freelance writing gigs.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for
“How and When to Expect Freelance Writing Payments!”
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Do you have advice about setting freelance writing rates?