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PostPosted: May 27th, 2011, 4:05 am 

Joined: May 27th, 2011, 3:36 am
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So, I'm not quite in a predicament yet, but I can see one looming.

I'm a freelancing neophyte with my eyes set on conquering the world of web copy (articles and site copy to start). I'm in the midst of laying my portfolio's foundation (as an aside, I plan on surveying local organizations to see if they have poorly written sites that could use my donated work while also scouring sites like ELance for gigs that aren't 100-article slogs – does anybody have any additional strategies that I might consider?), and once I have the semblance of reputability I plan on soliciting work. The thing is that once I'm there, I haven't the foggiest wisp of a notion on what sort of rate I should be charging.

The advice I've read on this topic has either been antiquated or very vague. I understand that rates are diverse, but I was looking for some informed opinions on what might be a standard quote for somebody with a limited portfolio for, let's say . . . an article that's 500-800 words?

Lastly, I've just started hanging out here and it seems pretty great, but perhaps geared a bit towards print publications. Apart from the blogs, are there any major communities I don't seem to know about, but should?

Man, if that question doesn't out me as a total noob, I'm not sure what would. :-)

Thank you in advance for all your help and time.

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PostPosted: May 27th, 2011, 8:34 pm 

Joined: March 4th, 2004, 9:36 pm
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Hi cdoug,
Welcome to the forum.

The article/survey available at the following link is from 2005-2006 but nonetheless might be helpful.

http://www.writersmarket.com/assets/pdf ... Charge.pdf

I work as a freelance editor rather than a writer, but from the beginning I charged (although less than I did after I became more experienced). I felt that since the client was benefiting from my work, I deserved compensation in return. But if the client weren't benefiting, it would suggest I wasn't yet fit to offer my services, even for free.



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