Compare Fees by Types of Writers

Hourly Rates by Job Type

As of 1 July 2013, the fees for both Australian and US clients are as follows:

Social Media Community Manager$25 per hourWeekly posting and monitoring of LinkedIN, Google+, Facebook, ONLY available to clients with active, on-going writing or website projects
COMPARISON Help Desk Support$25 to $35 per hourHourly employee (tax, super not included)
COMPARISON Web Developer$35 to $65 per hourHourly employee (tax, super not included)
COMPARISON Marketing and Communications$35 to $50 per hour ( employee (tax, super not included)
Web Content Loading / Management$50 per hourAs-needed, billed to the hour (no idle time!)
COMPARISON IT Trainer / Training Development$50 to $80 per hourHourly employee (tax, super not included)
Training Writing and Training Delivery$75 per hourAs-needed, billed to the hour (cancellations with agreed lead time no charge)
Writing or Editing Procedures$75 per hourAs-needed, billed to the hour (no additional super / retirement)
Business Writing, Biographies, Proposals$75 per hourAs-needed, billed to the hour (no additional super / retirement)
COMPARISON IT Technical Writer$60 to $80 per hourHourly employee (tax, super not included)

The USD and AUD exchange rates are often near parity (equal $1 USD = $1 AUD) and will be charging the same rate in both countries.

Australian invoices are GST Not Registered as of 1 July 2013.


Comparing Fees

Comparing Fees

My goal is to keep my rates as reasonable for my clients as possible while not working below the income I would earn if I were an hourly employee working for a company.

I work to keep my rates in proportion with the salary rates in PeopleBank’s Salary Survey – Perth


The Business of Pricing

When comparing these rates, keep in mind that my rates cover my business services and have to accommodate the fact that I only get paid if I work. Based on my actual 2010-2013 projects:

  • 60% to 70% of my total time is billable hours
  • 20% of my time is un-billable and used for administrative / travel / accounts / telephone / email
  • 10% to 20% of my un-billable time is due to project delays or cancellations

Billable time versus overhead time (idealised)

Why Not Work More Hours?

I enjoy the freedom, variety and flexibility that running my own writing business. I am your scalable, smart back-up when your staff need to get a business writing project finished, and are short on time, or not motivated by the writing work.

Most of the time I can flex to pick up surges of work. I have 1 to 3 freelancers working with me during busy periods. I understand that take the risk of becoming ‘The Bank of Shauna’ with these vendors if the projects are slow to pay or don’t pay. In being clear, I have negotiated rates that allow me to collect overhead to cover my operations.

Discounted Fees and Economy of Scale

That being said, I offer discounted fees for:

  • Deposits on jobs
  • Half-day or full-days job bookings paid within 30 days of invoice
  • Long-term projects, with consistent on-time payments
  • Opportunity to use your real-work to train my interns

Contract jobs are invoiced mid-month and end-of-month. Invoiced fees can be paid by bank transfer, paper-check, credit card through PayPal online or PayPal directly.

Finally, if invoices go past-due, I reserve the right to stop all work until the open / unpaid invoices are brought current. If you think you have a project (such as grant funded projects) that will have a slower pay-cycle, please contact me.

Please feel free to call or email me with ideas or to discuss your writing, software training or web content project.