Fair hourly rate on Odesk?

Profile picture of the author wanna-succeed by wanna-succeed Posted: 01/15/2011
I recently signed up for Odesk and was wondering how much you guys charge there? (if indeed you work there)
I just want to get a fair estimate of what I should charge per hour.
I am an article writer, and a good one in my honest opinion. I am not expert, but I am creative, smart and grammatically correct.
I have gotten good feedback from my sample article.
I was thinking along the lines of 20$ an hour? Seem fair?
Also, once I start getting more customers and become established, can I change the price? No, I'm not greedy, I just want to know what to charge in case the price becomes locked.

Thanks,
Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Patrick
    The price is not locked. You can change it in the future.

    Since you are new there, you wont have any ratings or feedback so my suggestion would be to start with a little lower rate, and then as and when your profile gets stars and feedback, then you can slowly increase your rates.

    Good Luck.
  • Profile picture of the author wanna-succeed
    wanna-succeed
    What about A starting number???
  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    DeborahDera
    Originally Posted by wanna-succeed View Post

    I recently signed up for Odesk and was wondering how much you guys charge there? (if indeed you work there)
    I just want to get a fair estimate of what I should charge per hour.
    I am an article writer, and a good one in my honest opinion. I am not expert, but I am creative, smart and grammatically correct.
    I have gotten good feedback from my sample article.
    I was thinking along the lines of 20$ an hour? Seem fair?
    Also, once I start getting more customers and become established, can I change the price? No, I'm not greedy, I just want to know what to charge in case the price becomes locked.

    Thanks,
    Daniel
    As a writer, I would never, ever charge by the hour. You should have a flat rate per article and hammer out the details with your clients, even if you have to fill in an hourly rate.
  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Audrey Harvey
    Originally Posted by DeborahDera View Post

    As a writer, I would never, ever charge by the hour. You should have a flat rate per article and hammer out the details with your clients, even if you have to fill in an hourly rate.
    Agreed. Some articles take me longer to write than others so there would be less content delivered for the same rate. It's much easier to get paid per article, so you both know what will be supplied for a specific amount of money. Can you negotiate for a per-article rate instead of an hourly rate? If you write 2 articles an hour, and charge $10 per article, then there's your $20 per hour.
  • Profile picture of the author pugsy
    pugsy
    i think $20 per hour is ok but i do agree you should charge per article.
  • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
    tamalanwar
    Hi so many people at odesk work on hourly as article writers, but trust me $20 is way too much for an article writer in odesk. Hey I'm not de-motivating you, saying what's the truth.

    People browse at odesk for providers in the Philippines and India who charge less for everything; such as graphic designers go from $5-$10. Article writers even low like $1-2/hr.

    I am a web designer and it is hard for me to charge $20, even if I have track record, hundreds of hour work sheet and 50s of feedback.. so many people there like to hire for less and less.

    If you go outside of odesk, and offer service on your own, you can sure target high paying customers. Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author shuvo
    shuvo
    $20 is too much per hour for an article writer.If you are a newbie in odesk then you should charge between $2 to $4 per hour.When you completed some projects then gradually increase your per hour rate.
  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    Victor Edson
    Posting an ad here in the warrior for hire section will get you better clients than if you're looking at odesk.

    Like many have said here, odesk is used for cheap cheap work.

    When I'm looking to pay $1 per article I look at odesk. When I'm looking for a well crafted converting product review I look here on warrior forum.

    Also it's true that you should charge per article. Take a look here on the warrior for hire section and you can get an idea of what people are charging here.

    Also keep in mind that at odesk there are still people who will pay more, but if you don't have any ratings at all, those people will almost never give you a chance. If you offer someone a really good deal, in return for a glowing review it will be worth it.
  • Profile picture of the author wanna-succeed
    wanna-succeed
    This is all good advice, but in the sign-up process there are 4 steps, and in the 2nd I believe they are asking me to post the hourly rate at which I would like to work by....
    So basically, I don't see how I could charge per article on Odesk, unless someone knows a way around this or has done it before.
  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Audrey Harvey
    It's a while since I signed up on Odesk, but from memory, you do need to specify your hourly rate when you sign up. That shows up on your profile.

    After that, you bid on jobs and for each job you specify what you're bid is, whether it's an hourly rate or a per article rate. I have set an hourly rate on Odesk, but when I bid on a job, I bid per article. I think most buyers set up writing gigs as per article rather than per hour.
  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Audrey Harvey
    Originally Posted by shuvo View Post

    $20 is too much per hour for an article writer.
    No it's not.
  • Profile picture of the author Ouroboros
    Ouroboros
    I hate to burst your bubble, but I feel $20/hr. is unrealistic at Odesk unless you can write 5 500 word articles/hour. The competition is really tough there.
  • Profile picture of the author imediazone
    imediazone
    I would say that you should start with no more than 10 $ per hour, because 20 $ it is too much, a programmer or web designer asks this kind of prices, and believe me, programming is more harder than article writing.
  • Profile picture of the author Gossimer
    Gossimer
    I have contracted and hired many talents on oDesk. I have hired many article and blog writers, the problem with the cheap writers on oDesk is that their examples of their work and applications for the job are totally different than the quality of the article, you get articles that do not make any sense at all. Some of them are spun articles and some are just copied from other internet sources. I was hiring writers that charged higher fees, $10 for 500 word article, but these ended up being the same, low quality. I stopped looking to oDesk for writers, now I find them here in the Warrior Forum.



    If you are looking for steady income through writing, just an idea for you. But, you could be a blog writer, I have a few that take care of some of our blog writing. I have them on a PayPal subscription; they earn a constant steady income. They have other clients as well, and they probably make more money than I do...
  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Audrey Harvey
    Gossimer, you're exactly right there. I've had people write for my sites for $10-15 an article and they've been very ordinary indeed. Price doesn't guarantee quality. Like you, I have also had writers send me great samples, and then their work has been completely different.

    Price doesn't mean quality. It's been said before on a lot of threads in WF that you have to try a lot of writers before you find a good one. When you do, pay them well and keep them working with you. I'd gladly pay $20 an hour or $10 an article if I could use it as is without correcting the spelling or rewriting half of it.

    Wanna-succeed, you might find it easier to get started in the writing game by posting a Warrior for Hire thread, or a Warrior Special Offer, rather than competing with people on Odesk.
  • Profile picture of the author wanna-succeed
    wanna-succeed
    Indeed, I have already offered myself as a candidate for 3 different jobs on the WF.
    Odesk is a pain in the rear end, setting all that stuff up... Takes up too much time. Hopefully I'll get a backlink for it.
    Regarding the quality, I really believe in my writing skills, they are very good.
    I don't really care who I work for, where I do the work and what I write about, as long as people are honest and pay me on time.
    On odesk, there is a structure that ensures payment. Is there such a thing on the WF?:confused:
    I don't mean to criticize, but I just want some guarantees of getting paid for my hard work.
    Maybe you guys are right, that this is the place to be hired for writing. I have my sample article laid out before everyone and there is that common level of trust between warriors.
    I'll let you know how everything developes.
    Thanks for the help!
  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Audrey Harvey
    Odesk is a nuisance, you have to do a "readiness test" and you can also do other tests to prove you're any good. Its' a lot of work just so you can compete with writers who charge a pittance.

    There's no guarantees on WF. I hired a writer once and paid up front, she never delivered. The only time I heard from her was when she responded to my paypal dispute to say she'd delivered the work. Paypal took her side, and she disappeared again. Having said that, I've found most people are honest, and as a writer, I've never not been paid for my work.
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Kay King
    I've never used odesk but did a lot of work on elance for a while. Most freelance sites require you to list an hourly figure in your profile - but you can still charge by the article.

    $15-20/hr is reasonable for someone who can write decently. It's not a criticial number and can be changed if you want later.

    If you use freelance sites - don't compete with the $2-4 hr writers. Avoid jobs that talk about "cheap" and focus on buyers asking for quality and for English as first language.

    kay
  • Profile picture of the author sappacis13
    sappacis13
    Yup!

    Me too I earn for a living using odesk.
  • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
    Devid Farah
    Why is it necessary to have one set hourly rate?

    I think youÂ’ll find that you get more work and often times better rates if you are flexible with what you charge.

    Deciding your rate should be something that you work out with your potential client.

    That being said, what you can charge will depend on your reputation, reviews, and qualifications.

    If you are a top notch writer and you have all the reviews and samples to prove it, then you can charge top notch hourly rates.

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