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  1. I list only a starting rate for certain services and have contact forms for others so they can receive a quote. I offer different services and they each require different handling with the client. It allows me to vet the client and weed out the ones who are just price checking. It also opens it up for me to give them a complete rundown of what they are receiving for the price.
  2. Spot on. You can't even begin to know what to charge until you consult with the client at length about what they want (color, fonts, extras, etc.) and provide a mock-up or give them a complete design plan. You can't just say "I do this for X amount of dollars" and set up shop. You'll get in over your head and end up with a mad client that wants a refund.
  3. You can use the EFA rates as a guideline. These are averages but you can use them as a starting point for your particular services. The rates were from a poll the EFA did to establish a standard. I use the hourly rates they give as that guide to quote flat rates for clients. It's more cost effective for them, and if you know what you can do in an hour, then you can adjust accordingly. It also helps establish your base pricing so you don't sell yourself short while providing a way to stay within a client's budget. Hope this helps.
  4. I'm a former Copyright paralegal and the only place for answers for new writers is here: http://copyright.gov/title17/ If you plan to pursue ANY type of writing, either for yourself or others, you need to spend the time to read it. You should sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with every client - many ask for this upfront. You are writing for hire. Once you are paid, you are no longer the owner of the work. You release all rights. You cannot publish it anywhere as your own, you will not receive credit and should not ask - unless you want to anger the client and come off like you do not know what you're doing. That said, I do not release any work until everything is signed and the balance is paid. When I was writing for Yahoo, all rights reverted back to me on my articles sold to them when they closed to contributing writers.
  5. I am a former Elancer who transferred to UW. UW is an abysmal failure for everyone - you are not alone in that. I decided to amp up my offsite platform (which I already had in addition to freelancing) - and I would say learn about the market and type of services you want to offer - not just what you think will make money. Find your niche and your target market. I'm confident that is addressed here by Tanya and others.
  6. Hello everyone, I'm Karen and I've been freelancing as an Editor, Writer, Author Assistant and Web Designer for many years. I provide SMM, SEO articles and specialize in designing Wordpress blogs and websites. Under my new VA business I will be sticking with most of the services, just amping it up a bit in 2016. Finally learned what works and what doesn't for my business and I'm ready to roll in a new direction! New Year, new life! Karen WritePathVA
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