I had a company contact me today about writing. They had a LOT of work for me.
- A 4000-7,000 word website (likely 15-25 pages) to be edited/rewritten
- A 14,000 word booklet to be edited/rewritten
- A 2,000 word proposal to be written.
- “Many” press releases to be written (guessing 5-10)
They need most of it done “by April” (ummm, it’s March 14th… you think maybe you’d have started contacting writers earlier?)
I suspected from the grammar of the e-mail that it would be a hefty editing/rewriting job (“are” instead of “our”, no question marks when asked a question, etc. Now I’m not saying this in a negative way – I totally understand that English isn’t everyone’s first language – I’m just pointing out that it’s likely going to be a hefty rewrite.)
Anyway, that’s a big project. Easy two, maybe even three weeks work. This isn’t something I can bang out in a day.
So I give them my price. Turns out I’m really out of their range.
Their budget for that entire project was $200.
Two. Hundred. Dollars. For everything.
I almost don’t know what else to say. I’m stunned that a company actually thinks I (or any writer… or anyone for that matter) should work a few weeks for $200. Just mind-blowing. Plus, their reply was a bit curt (here’s a hint: when you call what I do “just” writing, it annoys me. If you can’t afford my services, just say “your price is over our budget” and leave it at that, ok? I totally understand.)
I do admit, most people who can’t afford me do just that – they are nice about it. But sometimes, the ones who are obviously extremely under-funded (i.e.: flat-broke) can be a bit rude when discussing price. I don’t know why, but many of the “I have $10, what can you do for me?” people just are.
One more time: If you can’t afford someone’s price, that’s fine. It’s just part of business, in fact. But be nice about it.
And maybe, just maybe, that rudeness is why you have no money, either. Ever think of that?