Hi, Ben! Thank you for your kind words. When it comes to brand new clients, I typically go straight to monthly retainer prices, though I do allow per-word pricing if it’s a first-time client or they have never worked with a writer.
If you’re looking at per word pricing, start at at least 10 cents per word, anything lower than that is a waste of your time, as it isn’t great pay. I tend to do 15 cents per word if they insist on per word over project or monthly payments.
I do love monthly clients! Much more income stability.
Good luck in your freelancing career!