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New Freelance - need rates

QuicalQuical Registered User regular
Hello all

I've just applied for my first freelance copywriting job for a small company releasing their first mobile game.
While inexperienced with copywriting, I've done a lot of writing for local TV as well as games reviews and opinion pieces for years on various blogs.

This company seems interested and have asked me a number of things:

1. They've asked me if i'm comfortable with SEO.
I have a basic knowledge of Search Engine Optimisation - is this something that can be picked up quickly if I have a general idea of how it works?

2. When would i be available?
Technically i can start immediately. I work a full time job but would be more than willing to do the work in the evenings once I get home. Is this likely to be a sticking point for them or is this standard in freelance?

3 (most importantly) - What is my rates?
I'm wondering what's best to go with here. As a new freelance worker I'm not sure what I SHOULD be charging here. They've asked me how long it would take me to write a 4,000 character game description for an android page and honestly i think i could put this out in an evening but then it also comes down to editing and then the general SEO. Should i be charging per hour or should i be suggesting a daily rate? A quick search suggests UK Freelance copywriters charge between £30-£100 per hour based on experience but in the US it looks like there's a general charge "per word". What am I best going with here?
On the one hand i don't want to get underpaid for what work i end up doing, but also don't want to charge them too much. I also don't want to come across as inexperienced and unconfident in my abilities.

They're looking for things to kick off pretty soon i think so if anyone can give advice within the next day that would be AMAZING.

Many thanks all

Quical

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  • NotYouNotYou Registered User regular
    1 - yes you should be fine

    2 - well you can't charge a day rate then if you're not working full days for them. It's not ideal as an employer. This means I can't go back and forth with feedback during my normal work hours. I'd almost suggest not telling them if you can reply to their emails during the day, and then just deliver nights.

    3 - I hired most copywriters with a day rate. Often around $400 per day. Break it into an hourly if you'd like. I wouldn't care as an employer. 4k words in an evening? No, that should take a lot longer. Maybe your first draft in an evening. Don't just send your first draft.

  • QuicalQuical Registered User regular
    NotYou wrote: »
    1 - yes you should be fine

    2 - well you can't charge a day rate then if you're not working full days for them. It's not ideal as an employer. This means I can't go back and forth with feedback during my normal work hours. I'd almost suggest not telling them if you can reply to their emails during the day, and then just deliver nights.

    3 - I hired most copywriters with a day rate. Often around $400 per day. Break it into an hourly if you'd like. I wouldn't care as an employer. 4k words in an evening? No, that should take a lot longer. Maybe your first draft in an evening. Don't just send your first draft.

    Not 4k words, 4k characters. But this is good advice thank you very much.

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