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

Subject: RE: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:36:01 -0400

Like TW rates, it probably varies by a good 30-40% among various stores
in the area, for the same damn bread.

When you say that, "Contracting rates, like other prices, are set by the
market," your point is clear. But the market "sets" contracting rates at
such a broad range that "sets" doesn't quite convey the right meaning.
Very few tech writers can get a ridiculously high rate, and very few can
afford to live here on a ridiculously low one. But in the range between,
it's not unreasonable for a TW to raise rates for new clients as needed.


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Lauriston
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:27 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?

What's the price of bread?

On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM, Dan Goldstein wrote:
> Sorry -- what's today's market rate for contract tech writing in the
> Metro DC area?
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Lauriston
> Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:21 PM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: Re: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?
>
> "Fixed rate" and "market rate" are mutually exclusive.
>
> On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM, Dan Goldstein wrote:
>> Oh, really? What are the fixed market rates for contract tech writing

>> in the Metro DC area?
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Robert Lauriston
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:18 PM
>> To: TECHWR-L
>> Subject: Re: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?
>>
>> There's only one scenario. Contracting rates, like other prices, are
>> set by the market. Outside of the occasional local boom, few
>> freelancers can afford to pick and choose their clients. In the
>> current economy, many freelancers take contract work only because
>> they can't find regular jobs. If your income from contracting doesn't

>> bring in as much income as you need or want, that sucks, but that
doesn't
>> mean you can raise your rates.
>>
>>


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What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?: From: Mark Filiatreau
RE: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?: From: Robert Lauriston

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