Let’s face it – everyone wants to pay less, rather than more. When we go to the supermarket, we look for deals. We’re always happy to pay less. But the truth is that inflation drives costs of everything up, instead of down. That is also the case with hiring a web content writer for your site.
Hiring a web content writer can be expensive. Add all that experience, the fact that a good web content writer is always busy and can only deliver your 500-word piece in 24-48 hours (if she’s not too lazy to work until 10 pm instead of 6 pm like she does on other nights), and then of course, that nasty old inflation… should you just do the work yourself? Why do web content writers have to pay for living expenses, anyway? I’m with you on that, so let’s plot a plan.
3 Things You Should Never Say to a Web Content Writer
Our first objective here is to get a professional web content writer to do your work for free, so let’s look at what you should NOT say to them during the interview, because they will either decline your invitation to work with you, or push up their rates.
1. Can you give me a good rate, because I’m going to send you lots of work.
Say her rate is $20/h and you are hoping to get it down to, let’s say $10 – that’s more realistic, right? So maybe it’s just below the bread line and it doesn’t come anywhere close to industry rate for her level of experience, but you’re not really looking for experience. You just want stuff written, and you want it to be good and fast, and you don’t want to pay what she’s charging, so you apply the old bulk-order discount technique; it works like when you buy a 48-roll bale of toilet paper and pay a reduced price per roll, but you have to lay out less money upfront. Except, when you order writing work in bulk at a negotiated discount rate, you only have to order 2 articles of 500 words upfront (at the reduced rate) and never again.
But say you did want to order bulk. So the web content writer is working at $20 an hour at the moment, but you want to order bulk work at $10 an hour, which would keep her busy for 5 hours a day. If she works 8 hours a day (because she has a family), she would now earn $50 (5 x $10) for your work + $60 for the three hours she works at her normal rate for her non-schmuck clients, instead of $160 ($20 x 8).
2. You MUST be available telephonically or via Skype between the hours of X-Y
This is a bit of a tricky situation, because you want to be sure that you can check up on your web content writer 24/7 to make sure the work gets done. The problem comes in when the copywriter (rightfully so) expects you to pay hourly rates for those hours. Most clients who want that kind of availability, usually are the ones with the smallest projects, which means a job that can be completed in 4 billable hours, spread over two days, will cost you 16 hours in fees. Don’t be silly. Trust. Don’t micro-manage, just Let It Go!
Also, professional web content writer are too busy to answer phones all day, which is why I threw my phone away. Seriously, I really did.
3. I want a professional, but I only want to pay after I’ve seen the work
If you want to pay later, I recommend we work via an Upwork Hourly Contract.
As you can see from my profile, I am a Top Rated contractor, so you don’t have to worry about a poor standard of work, even if you decide to pay upfront.
Now that you know what NOT to say to a professional web content writer, would you like to know what you should say? Leave a comment, and let’s see how you fare.