Technical Writing Prices
Technical Writing Prices
Craig Wright – Technical writer and copywriter
What does Technical Writing Cost?
As the song goes: Money, money, money, mon-ey is the root of all evil. But we all have bills to pay, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and look at costs.
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).
If you’re interested in average freelance/contractor rates, IT Jobs Watch is a good resource.
How about per project, fixed pricing?
The price of a project can vary, depending on the amount of content needed, and the complexity of the subject. It’s really difficult to calculate fixed prices for technical writing, because more often than not, your product is still going to be under development and so the scope of the project could change dramatically. There’s also the issue of estimating how long it will take me to understand a topic. Just because I understood a cooling system in a couple of hours, it doesn’t mean I’ll get to grips with financial software in the same amount of time. It’s always different, depending on the job.
But here’s a rough guide to prices, based on the type of projects I’ve worked on before:
£80 per page
These estimated prices are based on the cost of producing the final, approved draft, so include some time for editing. They are also affected by how fast your experts can respond to questions – the longer they take, the more the costs creep up. I encourage experts to respond within 24 hours.
You Get More than Just the Technical Writing
Clear, engaging content is just one of the things you get for your money. I can also help you to avoid problems that your customers may experience and, in some cases, help you to make your product more user-friendly. I’ve worked in software development and hardware engineering teams, so have picked up a few design tips over the years.
User Testing and Bug Reporting
I’m going to experience your product and service in a very similar way to your customers. As I’m using your product, I may come across things that don’t work correctly or are misleading. Things like the useless error message shown here. I can report these issues and suggest improvements. It’s much better to have me find them than real-life customers.
I don’t deliver training, but I can help create training material. In the past, I’ve created tutorials and slideshows, and simple e-learning solutions.