I have a client who approached me to write 3 articles, each with 1000 words, and the budget was $50. He asked me what my fee would be for 10x1000 words monthly, so I gave him a figure which he agreed with.
However, when he sent me a contract, he has only funded $5. For 3 x 1000 words. I asked him about it and he said he always works like this, and will pay the $50 when I have done the 3 articles, but that the $5 is just to set up the job?
I'm relatively new and have never come across this before - all my clients have funded the full amounts so this just struck me as odd.
What do you think?
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I'd advise you don't start working until a significant amount is in escrow, either to fund the whole project or to fund a milestone (i.e. your rate/price for a single article). Otherwise, you'll submit your work and have no guarantee that the client will ever pay up.
Jennifer, really??? No wonder he jumped at the chance.
It's a minefield!!! It's really hard knowing what to charge, especially when you see really low offers.
I was initially just trying to build up a portfolio, but some of the work involved in thses jobs is really time consuming.
So, what would you think would be a decent price to charge for a relative newbie, for 10 x 1000 word articles?
I know that's a 'how long is a piece of string' kind of question, but roughly.
My price depends on the content and research and all that. Since coding usually requires research and referencing, it's a few hundies.
If it's something I can write off the top of my head or it's not in my area of expertise, I charge an hour for 500 words.
I write stuff totally out of my area of expertise for a client and I charge 5 hours for 4 500-word pieces since there is some research there. The only reason he uses me is because I'm reliable and easy to work with. He tried a much cheaper provider and wound up paying me to write it new, so now he just sends it to me. I know that he could get lots of $1/100 bidders if he put the gig in the open market. There are definitely reasons why clients choose to pay a higher price rather than work with bottom feeders. Have to capitalize on it.
I think I will go back to him and ask for it to be fully funded.
He messaged me back to say he wasn't trying to scam me - which then makes me think he's trying to scam me!!
Ailish, I'm glad you were able to get the funding worked out on this project.
This is a bit off topic, but I want to suggest that you remove the opening line about being new and trying to build a portfolio from your profile. Both scam artists and those who just want to get the work done as cheaply as possible without regard to quality target newcomers, so that's a little like walking down a dark street at 3 a.m. with a wad of cash in your hand around here.
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