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How Much Do You Charge Corporations?

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by coreygeer, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. coreygeer

    coreygeer BANNED BANNED

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    Well BHers,

    I've just now started acquiring clients from offline, because I got tired of writing for peanuts on places like DP and WF. The majority of the people I find want to low ball you to $1 per 100 words and on occasion, I find people who are willing to pay $2 or $3 per 100 words but they quickly go broke and run out of work after a couple of articles. That's when they usually bring up the idea of a "joint venture" where you'll write for free and receive ad revenue or sales from their site. This happens with almost every single Warrior Forum client I've ever picked up.

    Not to mention the fact that they tend to take days to respond to e-mails or even up to a week to get back to you. The majority of them are in no hurry to get their content done and they're extremely picky on their content since they're cheap and can't afford to have it re-done.

    So I've started contacting corporate companies to offer some writing services and I've had a few replies actually. The problem I've run into is what to charge them. You see, I thought $5 per 100 words was a decent price but what one guy told me blew my mind.

    "I see an immediate red flag here, because you're only charging $5 per 100 words. The quality must be super poor if that's all you're charging."

    $5 per 100 words is way too low apparently. I'm thinking about doubling that when the next few companies contact me. What do you think? Do you have any experience writing for corporations/actual companies and what you charge them? Maybe I'm looking at it the wrong way and I shouldn't be charging by word but by content finished instead.
     
  2. Danny1111

    Danny1111 Elite Member

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    you have to also consider offline businesses pay differently - mainly by check -- so it can take a while to get paid as alot of companies delay sending out checks these days .. so for us a 10 day payment we see move to 30-60 days on some payments - so you need to factor that into your price........ also some people will end up not paying you as I'm guessing you probably don't use contracts.
     
  3. murachi

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    How much do you think your time is worth? How much do you think your knowledge and experience is worth? How much are you spending to keep this business running? How much profit do you wish to make from each client? These are the things that need to be taken into consideration.
     
  4. coreygeer

    coreygeer BANNED BANNED

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    Contracts usually aren't necessary unless it's a large scale job but I've never had a problem not getting paid. Plus, I've only had one person attempt to get their money back via PayPal which I won that within 5 minutes.

    Generally, it's the cheap fuckers who will try to not pay you or rip you off. Cheap people just suck. A lot of companies are starting to go with digital payment systems as well. I rarely see checks for anything anymore.

    In the event that there's a client who requests a large-order task. There will be an agreement and I always charge 50% upfront payment for anything over $100.

    My time's worth as much as I can get them to pay me. There's no true calculation to figure out exactly how much money your time is actually worth. When I was writing for $1 per 100 words, I could write at a rate of $30 per hour if I go by word count alone. Of course, this means I would have to have the level of bulk orders and not require much research like that task did.

    My knowledge and experiences varies per topic and even if it's something I don't know anything about, good ol Google does.

    I haven't currently turned this into a business as of yet. Writing is just a means to supplement some income. I definitely won't be doing this when I have a viable business making a consistent income well enough to live off of.

    Their ROI will depend on a lot of different factors. Sure, I can write SEO content for them all day but if they have a crap product, crap sales page, crap customer support, etc, then obviously sales will be done. Can I offer all of those services for them? Sure, but sometimes you just have to go with it.
     
  5. Danny1111

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    "Contracts usually aren't necessary unless it's a large scale job but I've never had a problem not getting paid. Plus, I've only had one person attempt to get their money back via PayPal which I won that within 5 minutes.

    Generally, it's the cheap fuckers who will try to not pay you or rip you off. Cheap people just suck. A lot of companies are starting to go with digital payment systems as well. I rarely see checks for anything anymore.

    In the event that there's a client who requests a large-order task. There will be an agreement and I always charge 50% upfront payment for anything over $100."

    here's the thing - I am not talking about $100 or less jobs - I'm talking about a job you get that's $1000 a month per client - and most businesses we deal with don't have Paypal - they pay by check and that runs in cycles. We are talking about 2 totally different things.
     
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    BHW is for better for a new bee , when compared with warrior forum. if you just typed anything silly you will banned immediately in Warrior forum.
     
  7. coreygeer

    coreygeer BANNED BANNED

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    I got a 24 hour ban for reporting another member for trolling. The mod said we were arguing, despite the fact I never messaged or replied to him. I just saw he was trolling, reported it and we both got a 24 hour ban.

    I don't think the mods there are dicks, they're just illiterate...

    I deposit checks into PayPal via phone. That's not a big deal unless i'm in some SUPER emergency situation where the money needs to be in less than 5 days.
     
  8. Danny1111

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    "I deposit checks into PayPal via phone. That's not a big deal unless i'm in some SUPER emergency situation where the money needs to be in less than 5 days."

    you still don't get it - sorry for even trying to have a proper conversation with you.