All packages are subject to flexibility, and can be tailored to suit the needs of the client.

Communications Officer packages

Ideal for small charities or SMEs, for whom a communications officer is outside the budget, but where you really do need that level of expertise from time to time. Support can include:

  • Writing newsletters
  • Writing press releases
  • Writing or proofreading annual reports or other public documents
  • Writing web content, product descriptions, case studies, etc
  • Crafting email responders for new supporters or (potential) clients
  • Writing social media posts to be scheduled in advance (NOT managing social media interactions on a daily basis)
  • Other items as discussed
Hours per period Cost Notes
Level 1 6 hours per calendar month £240/month working remotely, including 30 minute Zoom/teams meeting per month
Level 2   3 hours per week £120/week working remotely, including 30 minute Zoom/teams meeting per fortnight
Level 3 6 hours per week (equates to 26 hours per calendar month) £240/week (£1,040 per calendar month) working remotely, with one visit per month to the client’s premises if necessary and feasible, within Cornwall, and/or 60 minute Zoom/teams meeting per month.

Newsletter package

Sending a regular newsletter is one of the best ways to keep your customers coming back. Special offers, new products, holiday closing dates, collaborations and charity links can all be included, as well as signposting to your blog. I would need an initial conversation with you to establish your needs, and content guidelines providing for each edition, together with images. I can format in your existing template, or pass back the completed text to you to lay out and send.

Cost from £40 per edition, for a simple 3-article newsletter, with articles of 100-150 words, which you lay out and send. More articles can be added, or set-up in Mailchimp or other software, by negotiation. Initial set-up charge of £50 to create a newsletter plan and liaise with you for any artwork and standard content that you require on every edition (website, contact details, disclaimer, etc) to discuss your tone of voice, and to set me up on your mailing system if required.

This package can be adapted to create a standard email onboarding chain, or sales funnel, with a price negotiated according to how many emails you require.

Blogging /case studies packages

With many clients I already provide a mix-and-match quote for blogging services, offering prices for short, medium, long and very long pieces of writing, so that they can choose to set up a retainer for a certain amount of money, to be comprised of a variety of lengths of blog. The same can also be applied to case studies or customer stories, according to your business.

An example charge sheet might be:

Short 0-250 words £30 Example of 230 words
Medium 251-600 words £60 Example of 469 words
Long 601-900 words £90 Example of 692 words
Example of 906 words
Very long 901-1200 words £120 Example of 1003 words

The client could then set up a retainer for £240 per month, which could be 2 x short, 1x medium and 1 x very long, OR 2 x long and 1 x medium, and so on. This could vary from month to month.

The examples are included from my own blog so that you can see what a short/medium, etc blog actually looks like, and how it could translate to your content.

Prices would vary depending on the level of research required in the topic, and complexity of the subject matter. Client engagement is key, and topics, research materials, etc must be provided. Sourcing images and/or uploading content to clients’ websites available for an additional charge per item.

Proofreading packages

Ideal for clients who write their own content, whether reports, legal submissions, bids, product descriptions, or other official literature, but where there is a need for precision, a high level of work, and fast turnaround required. NDAs can be signed, and absolute privacy will be maintained. Clients for whom English is not their first language, and clients with dyslexia, are welcomed.

Retainer proofreading packages can be arranged with guaranteed next-working-day responses for work less than 30 sides of A4 or 15,000 words.

Speak to me about the level of work you have, and we can discuss rates.

OFSTED website compliance package for schools

HD Words offers an OFSTED website compliance package for schools, checking that all the information and documents they need are easy to find, and up to date. The findings of my compliance check will be presented to you in a report outlining the location of each item of required information, to enable you to update easily, and the publication date of any documents, so you can make sure the most recent versions are available.

The cost is £200 for an initial check or if your website has undergone a significant overhaul since my previous check, and £60 for a subsequent check, offered at intervals to suit your convenience. Price on negotiation for Academy Trusts which have more than one school website, and additional charges for minor updates to the site (such as uploading documents, adjusting uniform details, etc.)

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Terms and conditions

A contract must be signed prior to work taking place.

Time can be weighted towards clients’ busier patches of the year, by agreement.

A one-month trial period (or set-up plus one edition, for newsletters) will be given initially, and subsequently a minimum of three months’ work (or three editions) will be contracted, with one month’s notice (or one edition) of cancellation to be given on either side.

A standing order must be set up for payment in advance after the trial period has completed satisfactorily.

Prices correct at September 2023, and subject to annual adjustment in line with costs.