How Much Should A Freelancer Charge Clients?

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How much a freelancer charges a client depends on many different factors. These may include:

In other articles, I have, and will share locations where a freelancer can find jobs to bid on, and clients a freelancer can contact. It does always help to have knowledge as to what the client’s budget is. With that said, do keep in mind that as a freelancer, you are a professional. You have talents that other humans do not have. Do not sell yourself short.

I have pointed out that many freelance writing jobs that I attain are through Elance. The great part with looking at jobs to bid on there is the fact that the client normally tells their budget. Jobs can be bid on a one-time charge, or on an hourly basis. Elance has an application for hourly jobs that is called Tracker. It is a time clock that takes random screenshots when the freelancer is clocked in.

I will share my average charge and I am going to research averages for other freelancing jobs.


My basic hourly charge for writing any material is $28.00 per hour. Do keep in mind that this really depends on the type of job. My per word charge averages from 3 cents to 5 1/2 cents per word.

Again, there are a large amount of factors. I must admit that if work has been slow and I need to pay some bills, I have taken jobs for less, and I have also charged higher if it is a job that involves very deep research, and is highly technical in nature.

When I look at averages, I am a lower priced freelance writer in comparison to many, but I also see an influx of amateurs entering the freelance writing market that are prostituting themselves. I actually was invited to bid on a job to write a 10,000 word ebook and the client wanted to pay $50. That is 1/2 of 1 cent per word, and someone actually accepted the job.

Clients…you get what you pay for! This is why we are seeing a unbelievable amount of crap in ebooks. People are just writing garbage and publishing it.

All I can say is: consider your value. Do not sell yourself short.

Here are average pay ranges for other freelancers:

  • Programmers-$30 per hour
  • Graphic Design-$20 per hour
  • Data Entry-$20 per hour
  • Web Design-$30 per hour

These are just a few, and they are averages. Overall, freelancers in all talents average $52,000 per year.

If you are one of those persons who is charging far under the averages, please understand that you are hurting freelancing in general, and you are hurting your future. When you sell yourself cheap, clients will always expect it.

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