Clear and simple steps for a smooth project
Step 1. Scope
Get ready to answer a bunch of questions. This ensures you receive an accurate quote with realistic timings, and most importantly, we both have the same understanding of what needs to be achieved. So the more information you give me, the better! If you are in early planning stages and are just after a quick ballpark cost, just let me know.
Step 2. Quote
The price I quote for your job will include:
- All necessary briefing/meeting/chatting face to face, on the phone or via Skype.
- Research and reading.
- Copywriting for the agreed number of pages/elements.
- Two rounds of revisions.
- Proofreading (by an external resource).
Step 3. Initial Payment
I charge 50% up front. This is non-negotiable. All my prices are in Australian dollars (AUD) and include GST.
Step 4: Timings
Let me know your required delivery date and we’ll work together to arrange a timing schedule. Turnaround times will vary depending on the amount of material you supply, your approval times, and the amount of writing you require.
Once we have agreed on the scope, quote and timings then we are ready to get to the good stuff…the project!
Step 5: Briefing
At this point it’s good to meet up for chat. If, for whatever reason, a face-to-face brief isn’t possible, phone, Skype or email will be perfectly fine – and be ready to answer some more questions about your project, covering topics such as:
- Target audience (needs and wants)
- Marketing objectives (goals and reach)
- Your brand’s personality (tone and feel)
Now, before I put pen-to-paper there are just a couple of things to finalise…such as:
- Signed proposal or quote.
- Your 50% up-front payment.
- Any background material or assets.
Step 6: Work
We made it! Your project is taking shape and the compelling copy is flowing. Everything will be supplied to you in electronic format (MSWord.docx or doc) as per your agreed timing schedule.
Step 7: Drafts and amends
I’ll generally do three versions of your documents (first draft, second draft, final draft), which gives you two rounds of amends. Additional rounds outside of this will be charged at an hourly rate. I prefer to use track changes and comments for amends. It’s easier all round than separate amends briefs and phone discussions.
Step 8: Meetings
Generally I don’t include any meeting time in my quotes (beyond the initial brief). If you’re someone who likes to go through each stage face to face, please let me know at the outset so I can build this into costs. Meetings will be charged at an hourly rate; travel time and costs will be in addition to this.
Step 9: Your review
At the outset, we’ll agree how long you’re going to need to review and sign off the materials I supply. Reviewing copy can take a considerable amount of time; you’ll need to go through the documents line by line to make sure they meet the brief. The more effort we both put in, the better the end product will be.
Step 10: Final payment
When the job is complete I’ll invoice you the final amount (and request a cheeky testimonial). My payment terms are dependent on your specific project, but are usually 14 days.