FAQ

How much do you charge?
Every job is different, so I don't offer per-service price information on my site–but I do have a basic metric that I adhere to for most jobs.

When I receive a project proposal, I estimate the amount of time it will take for me to complete the job and create my bid based on a $45 dollar per hour price point. Clients can also choose to pay by the hour at the same amount.

Do you require a deposit in advance?
I ask for a 50% non-refundable deposit on projects with estimates over $100.  This deposit secures your place in my work queue and will be deducted from your final invoice. 

How do I hire you?
First, use my online Contact form to provide information about your project. I will get back to you with any questions, then provide you with a bid including scope of work, tasks to be completed, and due dates for those tasks. If you accept my bid I will ask you to sign and return a copy of my freelance agreement and invoice you for half of the total cost of the project up front. I will begin work on receipt of both the signed agreement and initial payment.

What software and platforms do you use?
Editing and copy:

  • Microsoft Word (preferred)

  • GoogleDocs

Website design*:

  • Squarespace

Communication:

  • Email

  • Skype

  • Googlehangouts

  • Facetime

  • Phone

*While I have experience editing websites through Squarespace, my skill set is limited to what can be done through their web tools alone. Clients who require a contractor with coding skills will need to hire through another vendor. Please visit my Websites page to see examples of sites I have created from the ground up.  

Grants

I'm looking for a grantwriter to help my small nonprofit apply for funds. Money is tight, will you work on commission?

While I understand and sympathize with the predicament, the answer is no. While commission-based compensation for freelance grant writers used to be a norm, the practice is now viewed as unethical by most professional organizations. For more information on the ethics of commission based compensation, take a look at this article from the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association. 

For organizations that cannot afford to hire a grantwriter, I offer custom consultation and editing packages. I can help guide a member of your board or staff in the grantwriting process and review your final draft before it is submitted to your funder. This approach costs a fraction of the price of a full grantwriting service and builds fundraising capacity within your organization. 

We’re a new organization looking to secure our first grant, how can we tell if we’re ready?

There are multiple grant readiness assessment tools available online, but most are only applicable to organizations applying for large federal grants, or particularly exacting foundations. If you are unsure about your grant-readiness I’d be happy to look at the application, hear about your project, and provide some tips on getting ready to apply.