How Much Should I Charge You and Why?
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Let’s start by saying I’ll give you a gratis 30-minute (or so) consultation to see if we’re a good match for your project. We’ll discuss it, and you, and then we’ll decide on how to come up with a fair price for any work we agree to do together. I’m not scary, so you can start here, and I won’t pressure you to hire me. It’s your choice (and mine) as to whether to proceed.
We can do that in person (which I prefer) or by phone, if needed.
I welcome and serve men and women of all demographics.
Pretty much everyone has felt “out on a limb” at some time and needs the kinds of help I can offer.
NOTE: This discussion applies to my charges as a free-lance writer, editor, and provider of additional services, as mentioned below. If you were to hire me on a long-term contract or for a permanent full-time or part-time position, the rates below would not apply.
“What is your hourly rate?” That’s a question people ask frequently. But an hourly rate is not always the best way to determine how I can accommodate your budget, given my costs.
In additon, most clients have no idea about the amount of time and effort that must be spent in writing, reviewing, or editing projects.
An hourly rate can hurt both the writer and the client, and it raises the question, “How many hours will this job take?” Therefore, sometimes, I charge by the hour; other times, I charge by the project. Here’s why.
Charging an hourly rate often results in someone’s being wronged. If a writer is slow, the client pays too much. If the writer is fast, (s)he often is paid less than the slow person, and that’s not fair.
For example, if it takes the writer only an hour to write or edit a project that would take most people six hours, and the hourly rate is $100, the writer should not bill only $100 for the whole work product.
However, it may be difficult to judge, in advance, how much time and research of content, photos, and subject matter will be involved. This is true particularly when the client and writer have not worked together before and are unfamiliar with each other’s work and work habits.
There is an additional consideration. How much background experience does the writer have in evaluating or correcting your work? A seasoned business person may know things, that you never thought about, which should be incorporated into your project. A recent graduate novice with no work experience, for example, cannot provide that added value.
I was surprised to learn that my being a seasoned manager in a wide array of businesses is one of the attributes that is most valued by several of my clients and colleagues. They comment on it frequently.
Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates
If you estimate that a job will take 10 hours at $100 per hour, that’s $1,000—unless it takes you longer. To many clients, that sounds more risky than, say, a guaranteed $1,300 flat fee. It’s like the difference between an adjustable rate mortgage and a fixed-rate mortgage.
“Flat Fee” ~ Agreed Upon Total for the Project
The flat fee is a guaranteed price the client can depend on instead of one that varies according to the time involved. However, this method of charging also can be challenged.
Whatever the hourly rate or the flat fee might be, it will sound like a lot to some people and like “peanuts” to others. In addition, if the project requires a lot of research or otherwise takes much longer than originally anticipated, the writer/editor is not compensated fairly for the work.
However, the client should be happy.
So, What Shall I Charge?
My Persuasive Presentation fees vary, depending on which kind of services you choose.
A) One category is for various levels of Reviewing (Critiquing), Writing and Editing. You can Click Here to see the differences. Know which kind(s) you need.
B) A second category is either for personal advice and counseling or for a more formal life coaching program.
The personal growth counseling and life coaching services are explained in detail on my other website, My Get Well Guru, but I include some fee information here for your convenience, so you can find everything in one place.
Each situation is different and requires differing amounts of “behind the scenes” work from me in addition to any appointments we schedule.
Factors Which Influence Price
Fees also are influenced by the:
- amount of lead time you provide
- complexity of the work
- amount of research involved.
- travel requirements
- ability to do the work and transmit it online for the most part.
Standard Fees for Reviewing, Writing, and Editing Services
Writers Market and other resources show a typical range of from $40 – $150 an hour, depending on the kind of project.
I have decided that, for typical reviewing, editing, and writing, my fee will be based on an estimated hourly rate of $60/hour. That fee will be higher for very complex or otherwise difficult projects. However, ….
If someone already is a good writer (meaning I don’t have to fix huge numbers of errors, rearrange passages, and do a lot of research), I may reduce that rate to half price ~ $30/hour.
Note: most people/projects qualify for the $60/hour rate.
Either way, the minimum charge is for one hour, and the costs are prorated in fifteen-minute increments thereafter.
I do NOT charge you for traffic congestion issues or failures of the Internet to do its duty.
Most of our work or meetings can be accomplished online; but, if “local” travel is involved, I charge you in accordance with the time MapQuest says it should take, rather than how long it really takes to commute in the Northern Virginia area.
Do I Ever Charge Flat Fees?
Yes, we may come up with a flat fee. If parts of your job are easy and other segments are difficult, I’ll charge you at the lowest applicable rate, and we might decide to package that combination of tasks and prices into one flat fee for the whole project.
Rate Reductions for VIP Clients / Retainer Agreements / and Life Coaching
If you put me on retainer for six months or longer, I’ll give you a reduced rate. You also may qualify in other ways to be one of my VIP Clients.
When you qualify as a VIP Client, you get the highest priority in terms of how I allocate my time. We also make special arrangements to “roll over” to succeeding months work that was not needed in a current month. This helps you budget more easily, and you don’t have to pay huge sums when there is a huge amount of work that needs to be done in a short timeframe, but there may be little work needed in the following month.
In addition, I occasionally give discounts to specific networking group members (like Girl Boss Networking) and to worthy causes. Contact me for details.
What About Personal or Spiritual Growth Consultations?
These do not involve the enormous amount of work between visits, unlike a formal life coaching program. Thus, I typically, charge between $60 – $100/hour, depending on what we are doing. Sometimes, I suggest classes, in place of a personal consulting session, which may be much cheaper – especially if the class is open to others to attend.
Life Coach Fee Chart
Please go to my My Get Well Guru page about Life Coaching. There is a lot of work for both the client and me to do, and it’s far too complex and boring, for those of you who only care about writing and editing, for me to put on this page. Nevertheless, I hereby post the fee schedule for a formal Life Coach session or package. Chirp! Chirp!
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