Revision Nightmares

I strongly recommend addressing the issue of revisions in your price list and in your bids/applications to freelance jobs. I speak from experience when I say that revisions can become a nightmare for a writer if the client seems to always find something that needs changing, rewording, or rewriting. While a job might seem high paying, the value of the project can go well below what you expected. For example, a $100 project that takes you an hour to complete is a really good deal. If your client wants revisions done, and they take you a 1/2 hour to do, the value goes down to around $75 per hour. Still pretty decent, however if they want more revisions, your time will be compensated only $50 per hour.

A majority of freelance writers who are starting out online are not making nearly $100 per article, so you can imagine that with tons of revisions, the per hour rate can fall well below federal minimum wage. Don’t let this happen to you. I usually offer one free revision. If the client wants more than that I will charge 10% of the total project cost for the next revision. If they still want yet more revisions done, I tack on another 10% fee. I make a clear note of it in my price list, and I usually allow up to two revisions out of sheer generosity.
If they decide to change the entire project, or want the work completely redone, make sure that you have a detailed conversation with them about what they need. You may have overlooked something important, or they just changed what they wanted. I recommend applying 1/2 of your regular rewrite fee and adding it to the project cost.

Never just send a higher invoice than the client expects. Make sure that the client is aware from the beginning that multiple revisions and extensive changes will cost more, and give them a ballpark figure of how much more it will cost.

Revisions don’t have to be a torture. The best way to limit the need for revisions is to proofread your work and making sure that you fully understand what the client is looking for. Always ask questions and clarify your assumptions. Sometimes clients expect to be able to revise, so that may not be avoidable. In general, give the client what they want, but don’t spend hours upon hours doing it for free.

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