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Subject:Re: Billable Opps and Fees From:Barry Campbell <barry -at- WEBVERANDA -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 12 Feb 1998 13:39:06 -0500
At 01:18 PM 2/12/98 -0500, Gina Hertel wrote:
>What kind of fees/payment arrangements do you TWs normally
>Mostly retainers? Mostly fee-for service?
When I was freelancing, I always tried to secure a retainer
against anticipated billing (a trick I learned from my
attorney) based on project estimates. Wasn't always possible,
>Also, what kinds of billable services to do you provide?
>Obviously, many of us bill for the time we contribute to the app
>Then there are other kinds of billable techcomm projects as well.
>Just recently, for example, I billed for the time I spent preparing a
>technical presentation for some IT professionals.
>So, my question is... what other kind of billable opportunities are out
>there and how/ how much do you bill for them?
I haven't been a freelancer for a couple of years, but my SO
is doing quite well as a freelance magazine journalist.
She just brought home a marvelous book:
National Writers Union Guide to Freelance Rates &
Standard Practice (Betterway Publications, 1995)
It includes information on technical writing (and some
TW-related fields, too), along with recommended fee
structures and statistical breakdowns of services offered
and billing practices and so forth. Highly, highly