How much do you charge per hr for freelance editing?

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Post  Tue, Jan 10 2017, 10:36 am
I have some ongoing clients for whom I do a steady amount weekly and I give them a better rate of $20/hr.
Some new clients expressed interest. They would provide steady business but at a much lower volume, so it would only be worth it to me if I charge more (otherwise it's too much to keep track of and too much effort for too little compensation).
Is $30-35 hr too much? I'm a fast worker.
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Elizabeth W


Post  Tue, Jan 10 2017, 10:47 am
I charge $35/hr
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Post  Tue, Jan 10 2017, 10:50 am
I typically charge $50 per hour.

For some context, I work almost exclusively with Jewish non-profits, mostly Chassidish. I've never had anyone quibble over my rates.

I do a fair amount of pro bono work for organizations or projects I happen to support, and I also occasionally donate an hour of my time to an organization that is struggling to pay.

However, I never cut my rates. If I want to help someone but they claim they really can't pay, I tell them I would rather donate my services and receive a brocha from their Rebbe.
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Post  Tue, Jan 10 2017, 7:53 pm
for one of my businesses I created a one sheet explaining that for 8 hours a week I charge $xxx per month paid in advance (breaks down to under $30 an hour). For 5 hours a week I charge $xxx per month (breaks down to $30+ an hour). For 2 hours a week I charge $xxx per month (breaks down to a higher rate per hour--- can't remember offhand!)

Everyone pays a month in advance, I keep track of hours, and it's all laid out in black and white so if they want to pay less they can switch to a package which allows more hours per week. I don't WANT ten 2 hour a week clients. 5 and 8 hour a week clients are easiest--- dealing with fewer people, doing more in depth work and getting better results, etc.

But I'm not in editing--I do social media consultation-- but it's still a neat idea to create packages and not feel guilty charging people different amounts.
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Post  Tue, Jan 10 2017, 11:20 pm
I started out at $25/hr about 10 years ago.

Now I charge $50/hour for new clients, $40 or $45 for existing clients and $35 for students.

And I am excellent at what I do.

I also have a minimum.

I have a colleague who charges $75-$100/hr but she has 30 years more experience than I do (and is also very good and very, very quick).
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Post  Wed, Jan 11 2017, 12:31 am
TwinsMommy, I like that package idea.

Fox and amother mustard, can you please share what makes the difference between a $50/hour editor and a $30/hour editor? Do you have some special qualifications for that?

I just agreed to a large editing job as part of a kind of barter arrangement and I'm trying to figure out how to put a value on my time. I have innate feel for editing, a good grasp of grammar and such, and the benefit of background knowledge in the content matter for this job, but I wouldn't ace a really nitpicky formal editing test. I haven't taken specific editing courses. I know plenty of basic grammar and punctuation rules but I'd sooner go with intuition and what sounds good than waste time worrying about obscure persnickety rules that only grammar nazis harp on. Does that make me a $20 editor?

I've done a lot of unpaid editing as favors for friends and family because it's actually kind of fun for me, but no formal jobs yet. I think I'm reasonably paced, I won't rush because I don't want to miss anything but you'll be getting your hour's worth out of me.

How much am I worth?
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Post  Wed, Jan 11 2017, 1:20 pm
Are you talking about editing or copyediting? Editing will pay much more, especially if your editing in a very specialized field like medicine or finance. Copyediting manuscripts in those areas will also pay more than fiction.
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Post  Wed, Jan 11 2017, 2:07 pm
My main specialty is education (though I'm well-versed in other subjects, too) - not on the caliber of medicine or law, but my background does offer a benefit to relevant jobs.

Both editing and copyediting but if you can clarify the exact difference it would be helpful.
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Post  Wed, Jan 11 2017, 2:12 pm
I think this about sums it up (found it online):

Editing refers to making changes to the content of a piece. For instance, you might reorganize, rewrite, revise, reposition -- there's a lot of "re" stuff going on. Typically, it's a very collaborative process with the writer.

Copyediting, on the other hand, involves fewer sweeping changes. It focuses more on accuracy, formatting, and sometimes (though not always) proofreading.

Different skills. And editing takes many more hours.
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Post  Wed, Jan 11 2017, 2:16 pm
OK, so anyone want to weigh in on specific rates that would be appropriate to charge?
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