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Tuesday, March 3 2009

Quick and dirty today, folks.  Hopefully not as dirty as the attack ads they’re preparing for Ignatieff.  I’m sorry, I just can’t think of any way to say “he want to Harvard and has had a storied career as an academic” in a bad light.  Well, I could but I won’t, let’s put it that way.  You think with the economy the way it’s going they would have better things on which to spend their time.  I’ll hop off my soapbox now.

Short format leads today, I’ve got a meeting this AM.

Canada

Editor/Writer, Health System Analyst, Toronto – $70,000 range minimum
http://tpna3.hiredesk.net/viewjobs/JobDetail.asp?Comp=CIHI&sPERS_ID=&TP_ID=1&JB_ID=&PROJ_ID={75F6A349-132F-4354-A614-D0D48FCDEA5B}&BackUrl=ViewJobs/Default.asp

Web Site Copywriter/Headline Writer – Toronto
http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1058100206.html

Sports Betting Website Writers – Vancouver
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1057853821.html

Medical Writer – Toronto
http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1056664440.html

US

Freelance Medical Writers
http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?viewJob=&jobId=660005&fromSearch=0&sik=1236012067396

Reviews of Blood Glucose Meters
http://denver.craigslist.org/wrg/1057249215.html

Fashion Writer
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/wri/1057108605.html

Interior Design Blog Writer
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/1055497606.html

What Should Your Rates Be?

Most writers starting out in the business want to know what they should be charging.  Since this has been a hot topic elsewhere I thought we should jump in to the fray here and offer our two cents on the subject.

If you are just starting out, it is OK to take a lower paying job.  It is not OK to work for free or for anything less than minimum wage.  This means passing on a lot of opportunities and it also means I pass on a lot of listings before coming up with a list that I will publish everyday.

There is also the harsh reality that if you are replying to job ads, you can’t really set your own rates, unless the potential client asks you to.  Usually the company posting the job ad has a certain amount in mind and they aren’t willing to go above that.

While they are a bit higher than I would specify, writers.ca has a great list of rates for the Canadian writer.  I would use these as the higher end of the scale rather than as a baseline.  While I have seen these rates for some pieces, they aren’t the norm.  They may be the norm for a member of PWAC, who has a few portfolio items under their belt, but not for the vast majority of beginning freelance writers.

Here is the list of criteria I use for “eliminating” jobs.  It doesn’t mean I would charge those rates, personally I charge more than this.  It is a good baseline for what you shouldn’t go below in order to avoid working for less than minimum wage.

Blog Postings:  No less than 10.00 per post, not including keyword research or any peripheral internet marketing.

Articles:  No less than $20.00 per article, again with no peripheral services.

Website Copy:  At least $40.00 per page, really worth more considering that you need to do keyword research and market research in order to write good website copy.

I won’t include editing work here because I have no idea.  If anyone can weigh in on that in the comments it would be appreciated.

Once you have a few portfolio items under your belt, you can start moving up to the writers.ca rates.  They also give you an excellent reference for clients should they ask what you are basing your rates on.  I am aware that some of you out there are priced at far higher rates than these.  This is only meant as a guideline for beginners.

The biggest pitfall to look out for in these economic times is clients who knowingly ask for more than they are paying for.  They ask for you to “just” do this or that in addition to the project that they have contracted you for.  Good clients know that your time is worth money and ask you to do extra work while offering to pay you, if they like you.  What do you do if your client asks you to do extra work?  Ask them how much they are willing to pay you for the extra service and offer a tentative quote.

There are exceptions – if a client just wants me to give a quick read over a business letter and I get lots of business from them, I’m not going to charge for that service.  If I don’t get lots of business from them, I will charge for the amount of time that I spend on it.

Questions?  Comments?  Drop us a line or post a comment.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Can you believe it is March already?  Pretty soon we won’t have to look at the snow anymore.  Time for a celebratory round of coffee for that thought, served up with a healthy side of leads.  Some cool ones here today folks…

We’ve made an executive decision to not write out the “Compensation” line unless the company actually lists it.  Too many “Not Stated”.  Remember that if you apply for a job and you find the compensation unreasonably low, e-mail us and we will take it down.  You can do so through the “Contact Us” form.

Culture and Celebrations Copy Writer – Vancouver Olympics
Company:  Vancouver 2010 Olympics
Link:  http://www.workopolis.com/EN/job/10652964
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  7 years experience in journalism, copywriting or with communications department of a major team/sporting event.
Compensation:  Not stated, but probably quite good.

Web Content Officer – Toronto
Company:  ORNGE
Link:  http://www.workopolis.com/EN/job/10652036
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Web Development skills, degree in English or Journalism
Compensation:  Not Stated

Copywriter for Marketing Materials
Company:  English-Language Newspaper
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1056451517.html
Key Requirements:  Portfolio, ad agency experience preferred

US

Travel Blogger Wanted
http://jobs.problogger.net/view/2056

Ski Writer Wanted
http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/wrg/1054757346.html

Copywriter with SEO and PPC Experience
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/1054068702.html

Dear Abby of Consumer Electronics
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/1053542550.html

Friday, February 27th 2009

Canada

Aramco Seeks Communications Specialist
Company:  Aramco
Link:  http://www.jobsataramco.com/Home/Job_Desc.aspx?SYS_REQ_ID=10360
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements: Relevant degree, 9 years experience as either an editor or a writer or both
Compensation:  Not Stated

Saudi Aramco Seeks Writer/Editor
Company:  Aramco
Link:  http://www.jobsataramco.com/Home/Job_Desc.aspx?SYS_REQ_ID=10605
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Fluent in Arabic and English, 4 years experience, relevant degree
Compensation:  Not Stated

Editor – Canadian Health Institute – Toronto
Company:  CHI
Link:  http://jobview.monster.ca/getjob.aspx?JobID=79595663
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  5 years relevant experience, degree, bilingual preferred.
Compensation:  Not Stated

Website Writer – Lower Mainland, Vancouver
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1052517670.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite (?)
Key Requirements:  Resume, some experience.
Compensation:  Not Stated

USA

Freelance Content Writer
http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/wri/1051828809.html

Thursday, February 26 2009

Canada

Part-Time Freelancer Wanted, Toronto
Company:  Media Watch
Link:  http://www.jobhawk.com/job_info.php?job_id=7256
Key Requirements:  Copywriting, journalism experience.  Ability to read French an asset
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not Stated, must be available early mornings, M-F, 15-20 hours a week
Compensation:  Not Stated

Gamesift seeks Writers – Montreal
Company:   Gamesift
Link:  http://www.jobhawk.com/job_info.php?job_id=7166
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Bachelor’s in related field, experience with online copy
Compensation:  Not Stated

Copywriter for Website – Toronto
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1050108574.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Probably telecommute with meetings
Key Requirements:  Portfolio
Rates:  Send Rates

Plus Sized Fashion Magazine
Company:  Curvaceous.ca
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1051121277.html
Key Requirements:  Have a passion for plus-sized fashion
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Compensation:  TBA

Internet Writing Guru
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1051325603.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Be an internet writing guru 😉
Compensation:  Not Stated

Health & Wellness Writer – Delta, BC
Company:  Local author and coach
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1051047782.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  See ad, strong research skills
Compensation:  TBA

USA

Web Site Copywriter
http://richmond.craigslist.org/wrg/1051250893.html

Online Textbook Developers
http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/wri/1051228125.html