Reduced Rates for Writing Editing During Pandemic

Temporary Reduced Rates for Writing and Editing Services

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Now, Let’s Talk About Fees

 

First, you are welcome to a free, initial 15 – 30 minute consultation, so that we can define your needs, my skills, and whether we are a good match for your project.

For “light editing,” I charge $30/hour with a minimum charge of 1-hour. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have extended my reduced rates for “heavier” writing and editing from $60 to $50 an hour (minimum charge of one hour) through February 2021.

Note: If you are a VIP Client who has put me on retainer, that reduced rate applies as part of our contract, irrespective of whether we still are in a pandemic.

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Fee Breakdown

 

As any writer/editor or project manager knows, writers are charging for their research, meeting, traveling, writing, and editing time, as well as for their expertise. So, aside from the actual research and writing hours, this is how I charge for meeting time.

Reduced Rates for Zoom, Phone,

or In-Person Meetings

Zoom meetings with Reduced Rates

After the free initial consultation, we may need to discuss projects again, as we progress through the stages of development and completion.

  • I usually charge $60/hour prorated into 15-minute increments. However, I’ve extended the reduced rates to $50/hour for consultations through February 2021.
  • Since Zoom requires no travel time or expense, and if you are a first-time client, I will cut that rate to $40/hour for a small to medium-size project. That charge is prorated into 15-minute increments, as follows.

15 minutes = $10

30 minutes = $20

45 minutes – $30

60 minutes = $40

  • Note: I don’t charge for every little conversation or email exchange. (In fact, I don’t charge anything for most email exchanges, unless we are actively collaborating on things like revisions or creating new content in real-time.)
  • Note 2: I also prorate writing time to save you money if I use less than a full hour while doing the project or revisions to content.

Retainer Agreements at Reduced Rate Pricing

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I prefer doing retainer agreements because it is a budgeting and scheduling win/win for both parties for large or long-term projects.

  • Retainer agreements make you eligible to be a VIP Client who gets #1 priority scheduling in terms of my time and projects.
  • They enable you to spread the cost over a longer time, rather than having to pay it all at once or right before I send the deliverables to you.
  • Retainers also give me a predictable amount of money each month. Here’s how it would work for us.
Example:

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  • I have a standard contract template for that agreement, which we would discuss and you would approve before we sign it.
  • We create a retainer agreement at my pandemic-inspired reduced rate. It is $30/hour for light-level writing or editing, $50/hour for heavy writing or editing, and $40/hour for meetings through February 2021.
  • You might hire me for a one-time project or for one that has additional elements.
How Long Should It Take to Complete?
  • We expect that the first-time writing for a series (like an email campaign or some kinds of regularly-scheduled blogs)  will take much longer to do because of the need for research, compiling subject matter information, and image gathering, plus putting together a model of the format and content you want to use.
  • Subsequent content for that same project might be simpler and faster to create as I can copy and paste from the information, logos, tag lines, etc., gathered at the beginning and kept in files that I hold for you. We already will have structured the format and don’t need to “reinvent the wheel” each time.

Here’s How the Money Could Work in That Example.

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  1. Pretend the agreement is for $300 / month, payable in May, June, and July.
    1. Remember, if we have a Retainer Agreement, the $30 and $50 rates still apply, even if I am charging others at my regular rates.
    2. Let’s say you had an urgent need for a lot of work in the first month and knew you would have less in the second month. Even if I did all the work in May, you would not have to pay the full amount then. You could pay $300/month in each of the 3 months.
    3. The monthly amount is always due on the date and monthly anniversary date of the contract signing – no exceptions.
  2. Alternatively, if I spent more hours than are covered by the $300/month, you could pay me the difference each month, or you could pay the additional amount at the end of our contract – whichever we agree upon in advance. That usually happens when a person expects to have considerably more work for me to do, but the exact amount is unknown at the beginning of a contract term.
  3. Conversely, if there are unused hours left over, I would hold them over for you to use into the next month or even beyond the period of our agreement. That means – if you needed a quick editing job – or for me to create a speech or training class for you – we would apply whatever hours were left over toward that new project.

What if We Don’t Have a Retainer Agreement?

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  • Then, VIP Clients still get priority, but I will do the work for you as soon as possible.
  • Without a retainer agreement, I charge my normal rates, i.e., the reduced-pandemic rates through February and the higher rates thereafter.
  • My policy is to require a down payment before I start work.
  • The down payment amount depends on the size of the project, but it could be two-thirds, one-half, or one-third of the total amount due. Usually, the bigger the project, the higher the down-payment, so I don’t do all that work and then have someone fail to pay me.
  • After the down payment is received, I start the project and then bill you at the time I am ready to convey the deliverables to you.
  • Payment is due immediately. Upon receipt, I forward the deliverables to you.

Payments Can Be Transferred to My Persuasive Presentations, LLC

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I will provide you with an address to which you can transfer money to my bank, using Zelle, or to my PayPal account.

I don’t take credit cards. However, if you need to pay me by heck, payable to My Persuasive Presentations, I’ll start work after your check clears.


I hope this is easy to understand. If not, feel free to contact me for clarification. Remember, I offer a free initial consultation to see if your needs and budget are a good fit with my skills and pricing. We’ll just talk. I won’t pressure you.

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