Once we decide that I’m a good match for your project, I’ll quote a flat fee. If you’re used to hourly rates, you’ll like this more predictable way of doing business.
An hourly rate means that the slower I am, the more I earn. Somehow, I don’t think that’s what you’re looking for.
A flat fee lets us both know what’s involved right from the beginning. Unless you change the job requirements significantly, my quote (plus any expenses you authorize and sales tax, if applicable) will be the bottom line on my invoice. You can count on it. And you don’t have to worry about a lower per-hour bidder turning into a higher bottom-line cost.
Another choice is a monthly retainer, which may be appropriate in the case of a newsletter or other publication that requires an ongoing relationship.