Paying Your Freelance Legal Writer: By Word or By Piece?


When choosing to outsource content writing to a legal freelance writer, you will need to think about the method that you will pay this person. This means that you must have in advance a signed contract with your freelance legal content writer that clarifies what he or she is responsible for and how they will be paid. The two most common methods for freelance legal writers to be paid is by word or by piece.


When Should You Choose Per Piece?

For example, you might have a contract with a freelance writer that says he or she is responsible for generating four 300-word blogs per week. In this situation, it might make sense for the writer to be paid per piece. Occasionally, you may receive more than 300 words in a blog if the freelance legal writer feels this is necessary to cover the subject in good depth. However, for the most part, you will receive blogs that are exactly around that target.


When Should You Choose Per Word?

Another more effective way to outsource your freelance legal writing may be to someone who charges by word. This is ideal in situations in which you have changing word lengths required for your projects. Changing word lengths may include ordering a large project that needs 2,000 words on a home page but 500 words on practice areas throughout the page and regular blog updates. You will need to ask the freelancer writer to keep track of all of the words in a spreadsheet and to total these.

I often work with digital marketing agencies serving law firms who need a broad range of different types of lengths of pieces, meaning that it makes more sense for me to charge them by word. They can then adjust their costs accordingly.


Avoid Surprises

Whether or not it makes more sense to charge by piece or by word simply depends on the output and how much you like to plan ahead for your budget. A large project in which you have given a writer very little clue about the length of the pages could come as an unfortunate surprise when you receive an invoice and they have invoiced you by word.



Another thing to consider is that your freelance legal writer may be willing to give you a discount based on bulk orders. This can happen whether the freelance legal writer is charging you by word or by piece. A person who orders a certain amount of content per month may receive a discount per word if you meet the minimum threshold or a percentage discount may also be applied. I use both of these scenarios to help to reward clients who give me a variety of different opportunities.



Paying per word makes sense if you and the freelance writer both have clarity about the target number of words per page. Many of my freelance legal clients prefer to work with me on a per piece basis so that they are very clear of their financial obligations upfront. Ultimately, you need to decide what is easiest for you to track and pay.

Contact me today to learn more about how I can help you write legal content that matters.