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You don't say what part of the country, or world, you are in. There are
regional variations. However, I'm not sure "the going rate" is an issue
If, as you suggest, you really don't want the work but are unwilling to turn
your neighbor away for that reason alone, name a very large price. If I
were to do freelance editing, I would charge no less that $50/hour. If I
didn't want the work, I would name a price of $100/hour. If someone is
willing to pay that price, I would insist on a retainer up front (if I
didn't want the work) equal to half what the total contract would be
estimated to cost. If I get that far, I would probably take the job; the
money's too good to pass up.
But that's just me. I never denied I was easy, but I'm NOT cheap. (So
> From: Kelly Davis[SMTP:kdavis -at- sdl -dot- usu -dot- edu]
> My apologies if this question has been asked and answered 100 times. I am
> full-time technical writer for a aerospace company and I'm as busy as I
> to be, but I have a pesky neighbor who keeps asking me to do editing on
> side for his real-estate company. I have no idea what to charge him - per
> page, or per hour? I really want to tell him to go fly away, but that's
> awkward, so I guess I will just charge him the maximum amount and hope he
> goes away on his own. Could someone please post the going rate?
> Kelly D. Davis
> Technical Writer
> Space Dynamics Lab