We recently received this question from Lisa Lorenson: “What insights into higher subcontractor pay rates can you share?”
Although not always financially lucrative, writing as a subcontractor does offer benefits that are hard to ignore.
For example, subbed projects fill those “valleys” (slow periods) in our business that we tend to experience from time to time. Also, taking on subbed projects enables us to learn how other resume writing firms handle writing projects, client questionnaires, and so on. Serving as a sub also gives new resume writers a great place to start their craft and get their “feet wet” working with clients and take projects from start to finish.
One of the biggest challenges to being a sub, however, is the pay.
Contract writers generally get 20% to 40% of the retail package passed onto the client, so a project that retails for $395 may net the resume writer $79 to $158 for a resume and cover letter package. Not a terrible pay structure by no means when working with clients who are easy going and the project goes smoothly and exposes no challenges.
But, when the client drags out the interview process and nitpicks at every sentence contained within the resume draft, the pay the contract resume writer secures can dwindle “Roadrunner fast” as she spends more and more time trying to make the client happy and get the resume to a final version.
So, here are a few suggestions on how to go about securing a higher rate as a contract resume writer…
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