"OK, I like the cut of your jib, but how much does it cost?"
An hourly rate that's less than a plumber's call-out rate and no bum crack (and that's a guarantee).
I know people like to have an idea of costs before picking up the phone - so here's some typical pricing to give you an idea.
Let's start with meetings...
The first time I meet you, it costs you nothing, nada, zip...
After that...it's much more cost efficient for both of us if we can use the fabulous technology available to get our work together done
Face to face meetings at your premises
Sometimes we need to have a face to face sit down - I understand that. So to keep things simple I charge a £175.00 flat fee. Plus travel @ £0.45pence a mile.
Update meetings, if you use Skype...
Free: And we have as many as we feel necessary to get the job done.
What do you get for your money?
- Ideas: There are any number copy crunchers out there who will write exactly what you tell them to write. But I come up with ideas based on trends in your market sector, what you need to achieve and that really speak to your target audience.
- 100% of my undivided attention, I don't sub-contract content creation work to anyone else.
- All projects are quoted in advance and the price quoted will be the price you pay. Obviously if you move the goal posts, and the job suddenly changes to involve a lot more work, then the cost will be re-quoted and agreed.
- Collaborative workspace: I set you up on my collaborative workspace account where you see what's going on on your work at all times. (It doesn't cost you anything).
White Papers/Ebooks/How to Guides/Best Practice Handbooks etc.
These involve a lot of work and need time to be done well. But they will last a long time - the average shelf-life for a good white paper or ebook is around 18 months.
From: £850.00 for something around 2000 words
Speaking to your client, drafting the story, obtaining approvals etc.
From £250.00 for around 800 words
Opinion/feature/general editorial articles
From £250.00 for around 800 words
Starter package: Home page, about page, 3 x service pages: £395.00
Additional pages: £49.00 per page
SEO writing: £65.00 per page
Marketing strategy projects vary so much. But to give you an idea, over the past 12 months I've done strategy projects with clients for as little as £399, and the biggest strategy project was £7,000. Most are somewhere in the middle.
To write a news story. From £250.00
To distribute your news release to the media, I use a distribution service and prices range from £50.00 to £200 depending on the type of media you want your stories to reach.
NB: I cannot guarantee press coverage.
Stories less than 500 words. From £195.00
Coming up with ideas and drafting each story £195.00
Simple email content: From £195.00
VAT - all prices are exclusive of VAT.
Some clients like to have my support on a monthly fee arrangement. That’s good for me so clients on a monthly fee get roughly a 20% discount. So that makes it good for you too. We agree all activities in advance, so you know exactly what work I will be doing on your behalf during each month.
Ways of keeping costs down
Here’s a couple of ways to keep costs down, so I’m actually doing the work you need, rather than wasting time chasing and doing needless admin tasks.
1. Keep meetings to a minimum.
I know there’s still something special about meeting people face to face, and there are situations where that needs to happen. But the more I have to travel, the more expensive things work out for you because I have to factor a percentage of down time due to travel and meeting time into my quotes. So If you are happy to use Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts or even the phone and email as much as possible, then more cost effective things become.
2. Pull together all the right information.
I get lots of situations where I quote on a job based on being provided with all the information. Or I’m told that people I need to speak will know that I’ll be calling. Then I spend all the quoted time chasing people and doing the background research to find the information that I was promised beforehand. This eats time. So if you can keep your side of the deal, it means I can spend quality time actually doing the creative work, rather than admin, and it means your bill will be a lot smaller.