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Questions and Decisions

Everyone has a “specialty”.  It’s the thing you do most or best.  Any overall skill can be broken down in to areas of specialization – just as a doctor can be a “general practitioner” he or she can still specialize in cardiology or neurology.  Just like writers can specialize in news writing, travel writing, blogging and any other “type” of writing you can come up with.   Those specialties come with pay scales.

For a while I specialized in news writing.  The company I worked for set my pay scale.  After that job ended, I flexed my editing muscles more than anything, and now that I’m trying to re-launch my business, I’m opening up doors I had only glanced in to while I was searching for my niche.  I think one of the hardest things to talk about – ever, in any situation (even ones that aren’t business) – is money.  How much do you charge for your services?  How much is too much (and is there such thing)?  Do you charge a flat fee based on current market rates, or an hourly rate?  When I went to research competitors’ pricing, or ran searches on “what to charge for (Service X)” I didn’t get very far.  Most pages came back with a “contact for estimate” or advice articles that say “charge what you think you are worth” or “charge at least twice of what it will cost you to do the job”.  I don’t want to price myself out of a job, so I’ve formulated a list of questions to ask in order to get a feel for the project.   So take a look at the website and services and we’ll see what we can work out.  I look forward to working with you.

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