Hi, my name is Adam and I am a freelance writer with a passion for football (American football, that is). I mainly write for sports magazines but I have also written for digital marketing platforms, recipe sites, and non-profit organizations. Over the past four years, I have written close to 100 articles for various publications across North America and Europe. Most of my writing work has been on a contractual basis, which means I have been paid per article, per piece.
Now, let’s say you are interested in becoming a freelance writer too. You have a talent for writing, you enjoy the thrill of a well-deserved creative writing victory, and you want to be sure you are being payed fairly. How much should you get paid as a contractor writing?
The Truth About Contracting
I must preface this next section by saying that I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. It’s just my opinion. I’ve been a freelancer for over 10 years and have worked for some really great companies. I’ve also been part of teams that have offered me some amazing opportunities too. So, when I give you my opinion on this matter, understand that I’m doing so from a position of knowledge and experience. That being said, let’s dive in.
Value-Based vs Hourly-Based Rates
When you are first starting out as a freelance writer, you may be wondering how much you should be paid for each piece. It’s a great question and one that can be confusing. When you are signed with a publishing house or a media company, your salary will likely be based on how much value you add to the company per hour. For example, let’s say you have an exceptional command of the English language and you can write well researched, in-depth articles that will catch the eye of a top sports magazine. Your hourly rate might be $500 and you will be paid $50,000 per year. This is a pretty good start, but it’s not the same as what you might make as a freelancer. When you are a freelancer, your rate is usually dictated by how much you are worth to your potential clients. Your value might be based on several factors, including your experience, the size of your network, and the demands of your schedule. For example, perhaps you charge more because you are expecting more work or you are taking on important projects. If you are new to the industry, you might want to ask around to see what others are charging and then decide if this is a fair price for your services.
How Many Articles Should I Write Per Month?
Let’s say you have been offered a contract to write a blog post for a major news website on their football (soccer) team. You are going to be writing about the most popular sport in the world, so you might understandably be curious about how much you should be paid for this particular piece of work. This is a tough question because it depends on how long you want to commit to the project. If you are wondering how much should you be paid for this particular blog post, the answer is $500. This is what I would recommend because it’s a balance between earning a decent amount of money and still keeping your independence as a freelancer. You will be able to write other articles for other publications too, so when you are first starting out, you might want to try and write two to three articles per week (two if you are doing this part time). You will be able to charge more as you get more experience because your value will increase. It’s also a good idea to get a sample blog post published before you agree to write for a certain publication. If you are worried about being able to write good material for a major publication, try and find smaller blogs or websites that are looking for guest posts. With smaller websites, the competition for content is usually lower, meaning you have a better chance of being able to sell your work without feeling ripped off.
How Many Words Should I Type Per Day?
Let’s say you have been asked to write an article for a digital marketing firm that specializes in SEO (search engine optimization) and content creation for small businesses. You are going to be working with a freelance editor who will be helping you to polish your article and make it fit for the web. You have a deadline of one week to meet the needs of your client, so you are going to need to get as much done as you can. You might want to consider asking for additional time because sometimes these articles can take a while to put together. It’s also a good idea to ask other writers if they have done similar work so that you can get a sense of the overall size of the project. With this particular task, you are looking for a word count of around 1000 words. If you want to be sure of getting your article published, you might want to ask for 1500 words or more. When it comes to pricing, try and find similar projects to get an idea of how much others are charging. This way, you will be able to decide whether or not this is a good amount for your services. If you want to be on the safe side, you might want to ask for 20% of the total project cost as a fee (this is standard in most contracts).
How Much Does It Cost To Type A Letter?
Let’s say you are writing a short letter to a friend or family member that you are convinced will appreciate your honest opinion. You don’t want to mince any words, so you are going to need to get your letter in as few words as possible. You aren’t looking for an award, you are just trying to get your opinion across. You can use a service like Letterhead to create a beautifully presented, handwritten letter at a cost of around $10. This comes highly recommended by the Creatives community, so if you want something classy and unique, this is a good option.
Should I Submit My Articles To Different Magazines?
Let’s say you are very experienced and you have published several articles in top-tier magazines. You have also worked for some of the biggest and most prestigious publications in the industry. You have a knack for writing and you enjoy taking on challenging projects. You could decide to try and hit the jackpot and submit your work to as many magazines as possible. When doing this, make sure that all of your articles are appropriate for the magazines you are sending them to. Some magazines might not be suitable for your work (or vice versa), so make sure you check before submitting. When negotiating your rate, make sure that you are being paid fairly for your particular skill set and that you are not being ripped off. Good luck out there.