Going rates for writing services

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, May 20, 2008 At 11:13 AM

I am occasionally contacted by newbie or would-be freelance writers seeking advice. One of the things they often ask is how to determine one's rates.

Thanks to yesterday's Screw You! words of wisdom, I now have an answer. In her email to the absurdly low-paying client, Kathy cited a page that lists acceptable writing and editing rates. The rate listed here for writing articles is $50 to $110 per page, or $40 to $125 an hour.

Admittedly, I don't always make that, but I am always adjusting my rates as I feel it's needed. That is the beauty of working for yourself — you can give yourself a "raise" any time you want!


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Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord Says:  

I don't always make these rates either, but they're definitely eye-opening for cheapskate job posters. And like you mentioned, they're what we all should be striving for ... for the sake of maintaining the professionalism of our profession.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

It's encouraging to know I'm not the only one who doesn't always make these rates. :o)

Thanks for visiting, Kathy, as always!

Blogger KW Says:  

I typically like to use this resource: http://www.writers.ca/whattopay.htm. I particularly like how different rates are specified for a large variety of industries.

It's a Canadian site, but on the occasions I've forwarded it to US-based clients, the only complaints I had were from the cheapskates who didn't want to pay a decent rate - nothing about the fact that it's in Canadian dollars (although these days, there really isn't too big of a difference). ;)

Enjoyable blog, by the way - I found it through a comment on http://writingfrump.wordpress.com and plan to keep reading.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  


I've also seen that website mentioned as a resource, though I didn't remember the URL. Thanks for suggesting it! I'm going to make it into a live link for everyone:


Thanks for visiting!


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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