Freelance Writing Rates: What Should You Charge to Make It Worth Your Time?

Jason Dookeran
6 min readOct 11, 2022
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Many things make freelancing as a writer difficult. Many writers struggle with the idea of charging for their time. The question then becomes, what is the correct rate to charge for your services? If you’re unsure how much you should be charging or how to price your services, keep reading! We have some helpful tips on charging for your services and getting paid fairly. This article hopes to give you some insight into what you should be charging for some of the most common content types you’ll be asked to write. This article is for you if you’re trying to figure out what you could earn from becoming a specialist writer for these content types. All prices quoted are in US dollars.

How Much Should You Charge for Blog Articles?

Blog articles make the content world go round

One of the most important things to consider when pricing your blog articles is the length. If you write short blog posts, it’s easy to charge less than if you write longer articles with more complicated ideas and information. At the same time, you don’t want to price yourself out of the market by charging too much for your blog posts.

Short blog posts are usually four or fewer paragraphs long. Anything longer than that, and people might start to question if you really know what you’re talking about. You might be tempted to charge per word as a beginner, which is fine. If so, you shouldn’t accept anything less than $0.05 per word as a beginner blog writer. If you’re in a niche field, you could start charging $0.10-$0.25 per word. If you prefer a per-project basis, a 500-word blog post shouldn’t net you less than $25 as a beginner.

How Much Should You Charge for News Articles?

Reported articles can earn you a lot

If you’re doing news articles, especially for publications, what you charge is largely out of your hands. Many publications have a particular slant or direction they want in their news articles. They always…

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Jason Dookeran

Freelance author, ghostwriter, and crypto/blockchain enthusiast. I write about personal finance, emerging technology and freelancing