Prices

Come and see if the price is right

Prices

Come and see if the price is right

How much does technical writing cost?

I like to keep things simple, not only in how I write content, but also how I operate. That applies to pricing too. 

You can find my prices for 2019 below.

Technical writing prices for 2019

My fees for 2019 are:

  • 100% remote work: £330 per day (£44.00 per hour)
  • On-site work: £400 per day (£53.30 per hour)
  • Fixed price: Available on request, but this will vary depending on the scope of the work (see Fixed Prices for Technical Writing, below). 

There is NO VAT to pay. The price you see is the price you pay.

My prices are around the average price point for experienced freelance technical writers outside of the South East. If you’re in London, you can expect to pay a whole lot more. I know technical writers that charge £600+ per day (there’s a good reason to consider hiring a remote technical author!). If you’re interested in average freelance/contractor rates, IT Jobs Watch is a good resource

 

How do day rates translate into overall costs?

The price of a project can vary, depending on the amount of content needed, and the complexity of the subject. Here’s a rough guide of the typical costs:

60-80 Page
User Guide

£5500

30-40 Topic
Help

£5500

Copywriting /
Sales Page

£150 per page

Fixed prices for technical writing

Like other freelancers, I need to account for an element of risk when quoting a fixed price. I use a buffer of 25% on top of my usual rate, and plan the rate against an average of 4-8 topics per day, depending on complexity. So a fixed rate will usually cost you more, but it does give you a price that you can budget for.

Like other freelancers, I need to account for an element of risk when quoting a fixed price. I use a buffer of 25% on top of my usual rate, and plan the rate against an average of 4-8 topics per day, depending on complexity. So a fixed rate will usually cost you more, but it does give you a price that you can budget for.

To figure out the price for your project, I’ll need to figure out how long it will take to:

  • Discover who your readers are and what they need to achieve
  • Discuss the availability of your subject matter experts to answer questions and review content
  • Understand how stable your product or service is. Is it close to being finished or is it in a state of continuous development?
  • Plan what content needs to be covered and what format it should take. Will it need videos and design work?

You Get More than Just the Technical Writing

Now we’ve got the prices out of the way, let’s look at what you get for your money. You might think it is pretty obvious – you’re getting a high quality freelance technical writer to produce your content. That’s true, but I also bring additional value that you may not have considered:

User Testing and Bug Reporting

I’m going to experience your product and service in a very similar way to your customers. So I’m going to have a different perspective, and as I’m using your product, I may come across things that don’t work correctly. So the first added bonus is that you get an element of user testing complete with bug reporting. It’s better that I discover any issues before your customers do.

Training Material

I don’t deliver training, but I can help create training material. I can create impressive slides in Powerpoint or other apps. I’ve trained to use Adobe Captivate, so can create basic e-learning too.

User Interface Design Suggestions

I’ve worked in software and hardware development teams and have had contact with lots of different user interfaces designers. This experience can help you, as I am able to suggest improvements to user interfaces and processes, based on my past experience from other companies and industries.

Marketing Content

Over the years, I’ve worked as a copywriter as well as a technical author. I am a graduate of Heather Martin’s Success Works SEO copywriting programme, and have worked on many different web sites, so can help you to deliver benefit-focused content that works well for customers and Google.

Let's get your content project started. Get in touch and let me know what you need.

craigwright@straygoat.co.uk

+44 07954141761

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