Prices for Technical Writing Services
What does Technical Writing Cost?
Some freelance technical writers (and other freelancers) don’t publish their prices. There are many different reasons for choosing that approach, and I can see how they make sense from a business-perspective. But it just doesn’t sit right with me. I feel that you need some idea of the costs involved.
Here are my current prices for technical writing:
- 100% Remote Work: £300 per day (£37.50 per hour)
- On Site Work: £350 per day (£43.75 per hour)
- Fixed Price: Available, but varies depending on the job (see Fixed Prices for Technical Writing, below).
The price of a project can vary, depending on the amount of content needed, and the complexity of the subject. A rough guide of the costs is shown below.
£100 per page
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.
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.
To figure out the price for your project, we’ll need to work together and agree an overall plan for the content that needs to be covered. I’ll need to ask you about the complexity of certain parts, so that I can estimate how long it will take me to learn about your product or service. We’ll also need to discuss the availability of your subject matter experts, as I will need to ask questions. Another important factor is the stability of your product/service – it is close to being a finished and stable version or is it in a state of continual development?
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.
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.
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.