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RATES AND SERVICES

Learn all about my freelance content writing services here!

This page will consist of three main sections written in short blog post format:

 

1.  What You Should Know About Content Writer Pay Rates

 

2. Say No to Content Mills

 

3.  Setting up a Business Contract With Me

If you click on each of the titles above, you will be taken to their accompanying section. Click on the headline of each section and you'll return here. Hello again!

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Some freelance writers will swear by the hourly rate. Others will balk at the mere mention of pay by the hour. Both sides provide equally compelling justifications for their points of view. Here is an article showing just how hot this debate is in the freelance writing community. 

Even though I prefer per-project rates, I see little reason to stick religiously to one or the other. Both rates can be leveraged in unique ways, but each serve their own purposes. Neither is fundamentally better or worse than the other. The worst payment rates are always low payments or no payments.

No Two Clients Are the Same.

 

Maybe you prefer to keep track of your writer's progress to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck. If you prefer to manage their work, you're more likely to agree upon an hourly rate. But any self-respecting content writer will charge more per hour than they would per-project if heavy oversight is involved.

I personally charge more by the hour by default. If the client expects a certain amount of their content to be completed within each hour, it sets a cap on the writer's flexibility with their time and creativity. If the client requests edits, tacks on interviews, and provides additional requests mid-project, this should be carefully considered where pay is concerned. 

 

Freelancers Are Business Owners, Not Employees

 

If both the client and the writer agree to hourly pay and the contract is signed, the client has invested in both the writer's time and the writer's content. To make it count, the price must match the time invested.

Per-project rates appeal to me because I can charge more or less depending on several factors:

  • My familiarity with the subject/writing style/company/niche

  • The content's length

  • The complexity of the request

  • The number of interviews requested

  • Depth of research

  • The type of content requested (E.g. landing pages, long-form content, ad copy, etc.)

Please note that I will charge per hour for any requested edits after I finalize my first submission per your review. Even if our agreed-upon rate was per-project, all post-submission edits will be hourly rates. I promise this will be explicitly stated in the contract agreement. 

 

I may be emphasizing biases by stating how strongly I value work ethic, wit and an insatiable desire to complete all assigned tasks in a timely manner with pinpoint accuracy, but this so properly describes Victor.

 

-Mason Crangle

One of the things I find the most impressive about Victor was his intellectual curiosity and interest in so many local current events and philosophic questions. He consistently displayed a clear willingness to consider new concepts and embrace all challenges.

 

-Vincent Quatroche

My recommendation of Victor is based on his hard-hitting journalism, intellectual interest, intelligence, and personality. Victor's friendly personality and ability to work well with others makes him a pleasure to be around.     

 

-Stephen Kershnar

 

Have you ever hired ghostwriters from content mills like Fiverr, Upwork, Writer's Access, or Contently only to be sorely disappointed with the quality of content created? This isn't to imply you'll never receive a blog post that matches your SEO and content quality standards when doing business with content mills, but bear in mind that any good or excellent content you receive will have been written by someone who's work is being grossly undervalued.

Most Content Mills Outsource Their Work

 

Content mill companies typically pay their freelance [ghostwriters] by word-count, and the content requests from clients are first come, first serve. These ghostwriters are stepping over each other's heels competing for 1,000-word articles typically titled something along the lines of, "How to Evaluate Cow Manure to Enhance Dairy Cattle Nutrition," that pay as low or lower than $10 at the worst mills and $30 if you're lucky.

Since it takes most content writers anywhere between 2 to 3 hours to write decent generic 1,000-word articles, $3-$10 an hour on a blog post about cow manure just isn't going to cut it for a serious freelance writer who knows they have much more to offer. A content writer who values their time and their work will never settle for such paltry rates.

Higher Pay Implies Higher Value Work

Freelance writers who have honed their skills know that what they do for a living is valuable. They have confidence. They are fair. They are smart. They are not afraid to talk about money or apologize for their rates. Veteran content writers don't overvalue or undervalue their work. You'll know you have a gem of a writer on your side when both parties feel the return on investment is mutual and your relationship is thriving.

Am I one of those writers, you ask? I think I am, but that's up to you to decide, not me. You are the client after all. No two clients are the same. The same goes for freelance writers. If my work ethic, receptiveness to new ideas, and adaptability match yours, then I think it's safe to say we have a match!

Please fill out the form below if you're interested in using my services. I'd like to know more about you and your company! I'd love to champion my content marketing skills to engage with your blog community by creating newsletters, ad copy, blog posts, landing pages, interviews, zoom conferences, and more!

 
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Thank you so much! I'll get back to you asap!

I strongly believe setting up a business contract should be stress-free and quick. The freelance writer should know what they're worth and the client should know what to expect right away, at the bare minimum. That's why I've gone through the trouble of creating my own business account with some basic notes and conditions to give us an easy head start.

All invoices and estimates will be sent to your email from my Wave business account. Click on this link to learn more about Wave Accounting. It's a powerful website for everything business or freelance-related. 

Unless we begin operating under a recurring contract, all invoices and estimates will be set up when and/or after we make any verbal agreements. You can rest assured I won't include any hidden fees or taxes in any invoice or estimates I send to you, but any edits requested will be subject to a rush fee of $50/hr AFTER our agreed-upon deadline for edit requests has passed.

Click here to download a PDF sample of an invoice from me.

 

Included in the sample above are the notes and terms listed below. You can expect each of these to be included at the very minimum in every invoice:

1. Freelance Writer agrees to produce what is described in the project description at the request of Client. These files will be delivered in formats such as, but not limited to: .docx, .jpg, .pdf, google docs, etc.

 

2. The deadline for this contract and all edits therein is xx/xx/xxxx. Freelance writer agrees to complete the project by or under 24 hours on the day of the contract's deadline.

 

3. Client agrees to pay Freelance Writer 50% of the total project estimate before any services are provided, and the remaining 50% is to be paid before any workable files are delivered.

 

4. Any further edits requested by the client within 1 week of their respective deadline will be subject to a rush fee of $50/hr. Any expenses exclusive of normal overhead are not included in this agreement and will be billed separately. Examples of such expenses include printing costs, phone and in-person consult, and travel.

 

5. Both parties understand that Client or Freelance Writer may terminate the service at any time, if, for any reason, the relationship is deemed unsatisfactory by either party. Upon written or verbal cancellation, Client is responsible for payment for all expenses incurred and any work done towards the completion of the project based upon the percentage of the project completed that is determined by Freelance Writer.

 

6. Upon delivery, Client retains full responsibility for provided files and written content. Freelance Writer is not responsible for the loss of said files and/or written content.

 

7. Unless strict confidentiality is requested by Client in advance of the establishment of this contract, Freelance Writer can display materials and final work created for Client.

 

8. Client promises to pay for the services rendered by Freelance Writer for the work as agreed upon. By signing below, Client agrees they have read, understood, and are considered legally bonded to these terms.

 

These regulations might seem like a lot for some I'm sure, but the point is to incentivize both the client and me to be clear about our expectations from the beginning of our agreement to the end. The point is also to limit excessive oversight and finicky behavior by me or the client. I'm guilty too of finding things I'd like to edit after project deadlines, but if the client is happy with the result, it's a win-win for both of us regardless of my nagging perfectionism screaming at me.

Let's Get Acquainted!

Before setting up any contracts or estimates, let's get to know one another! These days, electronic signatures and video chat conferences are making their debut. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus doesn't seem to be letting up and the risks associated with in-person consultations remain as high as ever. Even if your business is near mine, we'll need to communicate via platforms such as these until further notice:

  • Google Hangouts

  • Zoom (preferred)

  • Facetime

  • Skype

  • Etc.

These are the apps I have. If there are any other platforms you'd prefer to use, please let me know in advance so I can download them. I'm more than happy to accommodate to your preferences! Making little changes like these is easy!

During our chat, I'd love to learn as much about your business as I can. I'll likely come prepared with a list of questions. I'll email them to you in Microsoft Word or Google Doc format before our chat. Please note that I'm not just invested in your money. I care about your brand and your business model, too.

 

I will never accept payment or write content for a business I can't see myself getting behind. If I'm being paid and paid well for my services, I'd like to believe it's because I have an excellent relationship with an ethically sound business that values my work.

I'll champion you championing me championing you!

Contact me via Victorschmittbush@gmail.com

 

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