Like most freelance web writers, I have struggled over what to charge for a project. I have listened to advice with good results and ignored advice, resulting in lost customers.
No one agrees on what to charge and, when you research the topic, suggested fees for web-writing projects are all over the map.
But I’ve learned … and gained wisdom for what to charge. I’ve also discovered there is a time to charge by the hour. The hourly fee is rare, but it does fit in and can be profitable, if set up properly.
In a few minutes, I’ll reveal to you the way I determined my base dollar amount to quote on projects and why it prepared me for my first hourly paid assignment … one that I landed this past month.
First, let’s see what you can do when you don’t know what to charge.
Create a Master Fee Schedule
One of the most common questions AWAI receives is, “How much should I charge?”
New writers are often confused and fearful of charging too much.
AWAI recommends to set your fees based on the individual project.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? When you charge by the project, you know exactly what you’re getting. And so does your client. Everyone is happy with the budget from the outset.
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