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How much should I charge for my services?

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Amanda, May 7, 2008.

  1. Amanda

    Amanda New Member

    Hi Everyone

    I'm new here. I've just set up my business as a Freelance Administrator offering the following services:-

    Secretarial Services, Word Processing, Office Admin, Invoicing, Letter Typing, Photocopying, Data Entry, Copy Typing and eventually Book keeping once I have completed both courses in Manual book keeping and Sage 50 accounts. (with an aim to add several companies and work from home)

    I will charge by the hour but don't really know what I should charge for the above.

    I do book keeping for one client 5 hours a week and I charge £16 per hour and he is more than happy with that and always pays on time.

    Any advice please from anyone else offering these services?

    Any help gratefully received.


  2. GTFC

    GTFC New Member

    Hi Amanda,

    Good luck with the new venture! I use a similar service already and she charges me £20 per hour, which is the rate we started working at a couple of years ago. I know that for most clients this has now gone up to £25 - so somewhere around that figure would definitely be in the ballpark!

    Hope that helps.


  3. Amanda

    Amanda New Member

    Hi Gill and thanks for your reply it has been most helpful. I assume that is just for the book-keeping yes? Or does she provide additional administrative services too?
  4. GTFC

    GTFC New Member

    That seems to be a flat rate for everything. I've used her services for data entry, formatting complex Word templates and that type of thing.
  5. Amanda

    Amanda New Member

    I've not done copy writing and to be honest not entirely sure what is involved in it. Is it literally copying text from a book? There seems to be a lot of freelance copy writers on this forum and was wondering whether it is something I should perhaps consider doing or would I need specific qualifications in that area?
  6. GTFC

    GTFC New Member

    Copywriting is basically a writing service, but is usually referred to as 'copywriting' (e.g. writing marketing 'copy' or 'text') to differentiate it from creative writing - e.g. books and stories. There are some grey areas in the middle for things like articles and so on, but this is a rough definition. Copywriters generally write for websites, brochures, adverts, direct mail and the like. I also write case studies, articles and press releases (although I would not style myself as a PR expert!).

    With a copywriting service you usually either work from existing materials (often from different sources and in different styles/tones/tenses) or from conversations or 'interviews' with people who have the info you need in their heads! And sometimes a mix of both. From this you craft the copy which then goes into the client's website, brochure or whatever it might be. Making sure of course that grammar, sentence construction, punctuation and spelling are all spot on.

    Copywriters also often get involved in editing work, which is basically taking something that someone else has already written (usually someone who is not an expert) and tidying it up. So all the same things with grammar, sentence construction, punctuation and spelling . . .

    Hope that helps!
  7. Amanda

    Amanda New Member

    Thanks for your help on the above. That was a very clear description and has clarified a lot of things for me. I'm not sure if im cut out for that at the moment even though I have secretarial skills but will maybe consider doing something along those lines at a later date.

    Hope all goes well for you


  8. Lupita

    Lupita Member

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  10. Pat-B

    Pat-B New Member

    Need a Sage Instant Accounts Plus Freelancer

    Hi Amanda,

    I am looking for a part time freelancer to help with my company accounts. I found your message looking through Google. I'm looking for someone trained in Sage Instant Accounts Plus - to help streamline our accounts (currently using Sage and Excel together - very inefficiently).

    This job is open to anyone who can get to us physically - North London - Chalk Farm Underground.

    Exact terms can be discussed, but I would like this person to start around now, and work approx 4 hours per day, or come in for 3 full days per week. This may be a long time or even full time position - depending on your abilities and other skills (this is a Corporate Film Production Company).

  11. Amanda

    Amanda New Member

    Hi Pat

    Thanks for your offer of work but am afraid im in Plymouth, South West. I appreciate your help but if you know of anyone else who needs to administrative help please let me know. The other alternative is that work can be mailed to me and upon completion would be returned via mail.

    Thanks again

    Business First Administration Services
  12. Benji145

    Benji145 Banned

    You can compare the price with that the other company provide to the freelancers.

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