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If I hire a VA/freelance writer, how many articles should I expect them to write?

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by marks7100, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. marks7100

    marks7100 Registered Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm hoping you could answer this for me. If I hire a VA/freelance writer, how many articles should I expect them to write per hour? Or should I just pay them per article?
     
  2. writingismypassion

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    It depends on writer to writer and many things (like how many words in each).
    I can be your VA if you need article writing service.
    PM me please
     
  3. DDuce

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    From personal experience, pay by the article. This allows the freelancer some flexibility and let's you maintain financial control. If you start paying by the hour and output starts to drop you can get awkward situations and tension - something you want to avoid at all costs when working with someone solely the e-mail and Skype.

    Set a target of X articles per week / month and agree on a price per article, or even better: words. Works best for both parties involved :)

    Good luck!
     
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  4. richestmaninbabylon

    richestmaninbabylon Junior Member

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    Spot on, great advice.

    As a note remember, freelancing is finicky. There are a lot of great people, but there are also people who leave mid-project.

    Build a relationship with the writer through small projects and gradually increase workload.
     
  5. Zander152

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    I've been an article writer for over 2 years and to be honest, I have never been paid by the hour. It's horrible and gives you no control whatsoever over the output.

    If you employ a freelancer, you should pay him after each finished article at first, and after you establish a connection of some sort you can then move on to pay at 5 or 10 articles, etc. You get the point.

    Freelancing is really tricky, you just need to find the gems. Truth is, good freelancers will always stand out when you talk to them, but you need to be able to see them.
     
  6. The Nix

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    It really depends.

    Personally, I can't imagine being paid by the hour. For copywriting or marketing gigs, sure. But for writing actual blog posts, per hour would be a disaster.

    You will either be getting someone who is a slob and produce 1-2 articles per hour. Or someone who will churn out 4-5 articles per hour, but look horrible / or the writer gets burned out.

    My suggestion: Just pay per article, but still build a relationship with the writer/VA. Let him know that it is a regular job, and the more he writes / finishes, the more work he's gonna be getting from you.

    Win-win for both parties involved.
     
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    seogiantking Power Member

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    Pay per quality articles, as people now days gives junk articles with not much value, In last 2 weeks I was not able to find a single writer who can deliver article for ezinearticle quality.
     
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    Up your budget mate, and hire someone from Upwork, I love 'em!
     
  9. Bengr86

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    I've had one customer who I've been working with steadily as a freelancer for the past 4 years or so. We always work according to words, because that way we both know what the price is going to end up like. At first, I was taking money after every article, now I'll usually wait 2-3 months until I've built up a decent list pf projects, and then get 1 lump sum. You can't always build that kind of rapport with your clients, however, so you'll need to feel things out. There have been clients (usually large companies) where I've worked with them once, and had to wait 3-4 months or more to get paid.
     
  10. wolfstrider

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    Definetely pay them per word or per article. Time is too much of a variable that is out of your control. Writer's speeds can vary so much. Also, when working out how much to pay, try to understand what your objectives are. Are you looking for top quality content, or just looking to churn out volume?
     
  11. JProckerzon

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    It depends on the maturity of the writer.
    If writer is fully experienced then, writer may provide 2-4 articles in an hour with good quality.
     
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    That will depend on the wordcount you want for each article. 2400 words a day would be good enough but then again it will depend on the abilities of the freelancer.
     
  13. living2xl

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    You should expect the articles in a day depends on your needs and the experience of writer. I think 4-5 articles in a day is good work for a day by a professional writer.
     
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    Pay per article until you have a clear understanding of how good the writer is. Do you just want a lot of articles or do you want quality work?