RE: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?

Subject: RE: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?
From: "Mark Filiatreau" <mfiliatreau -at- psi-it -dot- com>
To: "Margaret Cekis" <Margaret -dot- Cekis -at- comcast -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:27:58 -0400

It will be 1099.
Thanks, Margaret, that's the kind of info I'm looking for.

Mark D. Filiatreau

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From: Margaret Cekis [mailto:Margaret -dot- Cekis -at- comcast -dot- net]
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 2:22 PM
To: Mark Filiatreau; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?

Mark Filiatreau asked, "What's a good freelance rate for technical
writers?
...in a place like the hyper-expensive Washington, DC, area?... my
company
has already asked me to be available as a contractor on an as-needed
basis.
I was asked, "What's your rate?"...My "gross rate" on my paycheck is
about
$40/hour,
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Mark:
Will it be on a W-2 or a 1099 contract? If it is a W-2, the company will
pay
half your FICA and Medicare taxes, and you will be covered by
unemployment
insurance. The company can/will withhold funds toward your Federal,
State
and municipal income tax, if applicable. If it is a 1099, you will have
to
pay all of the FICA and Medicare taxes, you will not be covered by
unemployment, and you will have to file quarterly estimated US income
taxes
to the IRS. This makes a big difference in the rate you should charge.
For a
W-2, I'd up my hourly salary by 35-50%, or ask for $55-60. If it is a
1099,
I'd double it, or ask for at least $75-80.
Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek GA


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