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When I started off, I was charging $100 for two pages (500 words) of content for a local online media publishing company. The most company doesn't care about your qualification as long as you deliver compelling content. Before that, I had no prior writing experience except for writing for my school assignment. I got my first job thru a friend introduction and after I offered a free piece for their review.
So what is the market rate for freelance writing rate in Singapore? Base on experience, I would not go any lower than $100 for 500 words. However, for new writers with no prior experience and lack a superstar portfolio, $50 would be a reasonable rate. If you are going to start your freelance writing career, please do take into consideration all of the below points and ensure that the money received is sufficient to cover the time spent.
1. A lot of spend time doing research, research is the most crucial part of using inaccurate information will cause lots of drama and amendments. Choose a niche that you are good in, don't bothering into food blogging unless you are desperate for cash.
2. If you are not a very creative person, you will spend most of your time brainstorming and re-writing the article. There will be no guidance provided. Time is money, so do spend them wisely.
3. You’re going to spend lots of time speaking with the client about their requirements and the kind of content they want to incorporate into their blog or website. (I was on Skype for 1.5 hr speaking with a client, getting them to explain to me the nature of their business in Indonesia so I can craft a company profile for them.)
4. Amendments are forever coming in! Clients expectation are high, and you will always find yourself rewriting your article after you submit the first draft.
Below is the amount I that I estimate for Singapore writers. The amount you earn is highly dependent on how many jobs you can handle. I have come across writers that can do five articles in a day, and that is like 5 X $100 = $500!!.
Content Creator (essentially writing blog-posts) - $1,200 per month (10 to 12 articles a month)
Research Assistant (writing 30-page reports) - $1,200 per month (possibly 1 to 2 such reports each month)
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Good luck in your writing career! Do feel free to email me. I would love to hear from rising freelance writers in Singapore.