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How to Charge for PR Consulting Services

What fee rates should public relations consultants charge? If there’s one key question for freelance PR consultants, both newbies and veterans alike, it’s this one. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and over the years we've addressed many aspects of...

Meeting with Clients, Raising Rates, & More

During the May 23 #solopr Twitter chat, independent PR pros discussed meeting with clients, managing a move, & raising rates. In addition to the downloadable transcript in PDF, the following highlights some of the most popular tweets from the chat: #SoloPR Chat...

Why are consultants’ fees so high?

Independent consultants typically don’t have the overhead of a larger firm, and while they are usually an excellent value by comparison, why do their rates still sound so high? Not only is this a question some clients may ponder, but those new to consulting often...

Get In Early On Our New Solo PR PRO Member Site!

We’re happy to unveil the premium Solo PR PRO membership site, now in public beta (at special beta pricing). Specifically for us, this premium PRO content offers road-tested deliverables and downloads, a members-only Forum, a special upcoming Show Me the Money! series on setting rates, and much more.

Blogger Outreach & Earning What You’re Worth

During the September 7 #solopr Twitter chat, independent PR pros shared insight on blogger outreach strategy and getting paid what you're worth. The following questions helped guide the conversation: 1. A major PR firm recently lured food bloggers to an "exclusive...

Pricing, Current Events, & More

During the August 24 #solopr Twitter chat, independent PR pros discussed sharing pricing information, using current events in media pitches, and social media referral sources. Specifically, the following questions were addressed: 1. We've seen posts lately from...

Extra Costs, Website Leads, Summer Vacation & More

During the May 18 #solopr Twitter chat, solo PR pros shared insight on adding mileage expenses into client contracts, building your own website, getting leads from your website, and taking a summer vacation. The following questions helped guide the conversation: 1....

Unbilled Work, Tracking Client Progress, & New Business

During the May 4 #solopr Twitter chat, independent PR pros shared insight on responding to clients who ask for unbilled work, tracking client/campaign progress, and speeding up the new business process. The following questions helped guide the conversation: 1. What do...

Social Media Non-Believers, Stubborn Clients, & More

During the April 20 #solopr Twitter chat, independent PR pros shared valuable insight on social media non-believers, stubborn clients, offering discounts, Twitter best practices, and the stressful world of PR. The following questions helped guide the conversation: 1....

Cost, Price, and Value – There is a Difference

This is a guest post from Garrett Kuk, of Speakeasy Media. Solo PR Pro strives to bring you new ideas and information on alternative practices for your reference. This post should not be considered a specific recommendation of this approach (each consultant and...

Pondering Pay for Performance

This is a guest post from Alison Kenney of KPR Communications. Recently I met and won over a new client (thank you) but was surprised when presented with a contract that offered bonus payments for achieving media coverage (in addition to a decent monthly retainer). I...

DIY PR, Down Payments, Going Solo, & More

During the February 9 #solopr Twitter chat, solo PR pros discussed the Do-it-Yourself PR mindset, how to handle being dissatisfied with an outside vendor's work, how to prepare for a solo PR career while at an agency, and trying new mobile tactics for PR....

Performance & Proposals & Payments, Oh My!

During the February 2 #solopr Twitter chat, independent PR pros touched upon pay-by-performance, RFPs, and more. Specifically, they weighed in on the following questions: 1. Have you ever worked on a pay by performance basis? e.g., a bonus if you hit X objective, or...

Proposals, Pricing and More

As part of this week’s #solopr Twitter chat, pros in PR consulting offered advice on two key issues in running your business, addressing the following questions: 1. As discussed in today's Solo PR post, have you used value/fee-based (rather than hourly) pricing?...

Setting Rates: A Field Guide

This is a guest post from Greg Brooks, principal of West Third Group. What should you charge? More to the point: Why aren’t you charging more? It’s a surprising blind spot – not just because otherwise smart practitioners get it wrong, but also in the sheer breadth of...

Insights on Fees, Employees, and more

This week's #solopr Twitter chat addressed some of the top issues facing independent PR consultants, ranging from when to raise rates, to when to hire employees. We covered the following questions: 1. How do you know when your fees are too low? 2. When it comes to...

Focusing on Research

Research plays a key role in any public relations or marketing communications program, and independent practitioners can face special considerations. During this week’s #solopr Twitter chat, we discussed these issues: 1. When you get a new client, what kinds of...

Blogger Research, Expectations, and more

During the #solopr chat on Twitter this week, top pros in PR consulting offered insights on a wide-range of topics, addressing the following questions: 1. Media and industry publications are quick to use the term "PR disaster." In your experience, what really...

Business Plans, Rush Jobs, and more

During the August 4 #solopr Twitter chat, Solo PR Pros shared tips and tricks on a wide-range of topics, including: 1. Do you have a business plan? What format, and how did you develop it? 2.  What do you think about NEWSBASIS (the PR/journo networking site)? 3.  Do...

May 19 Chat Transcript

During the #solopr Twitter chat this week, PR consultants shared their top tips on topics that are key to running an independent PR business successfully. The questions included: 1)  Does anyone have a co-op, biz partner or share office space? How's that working out?...

Raising rates, Monitoring and More

We discussed some of the hottest topics now facing #solopr pros during this week's Twitter chat. The questions included: 1) When do you decide to raise rates, and how do you do it? 2) What applications/services do you use for media coverage or social media...

Why Did You Go Solo?

During this week’s #solopr Twitter chat, we discussed some of the most important questions that face independent PR consultants, especially those just starting out. Read the transcript (in PDF) for answers from top Solo PR Pros to the following questions: 1. Are your...

Fish or Cut Bait

This week’s #solopr Twitter chat was once again a fun and informative hour. In honor of the former (and the fact that it's April Fool's Day), I couldn't resist including an image that relates to an inside joke among chatters - the transcript reveals why this week's...

Parting Ways with a Client, and More

As part of this week’s #solopr Twitter chat, PR consultants offered insights on a variety of important issues, including the following: 1) Do you provide a client with a variable rate sheet, or just say "this is what I charge?" 2) How are other #solopr pros creatively...

To Free, or Not to Free

During a recent #solopr chat on Twitter, I made the following statement: Remember: it's worse to work for free than to not work at all. While many pros agreed with me, some had serious questions about this advice (below). But aside from new business opportunities...

Lessons Learned

This week’s #solopr Twitter chat covered a wide-range of topics, with some of the top pros in PR consulting weighing in on the following questions: 1) Do you take credit cards or some sort of online payment vehicle? 2) Have you ever relocated your biz to another...

How to Charge for Social Media Services

During this week's #solopr Twitter chat, top independent consultants shared invaluable information on what they're doing with social media, and how to bill for these services. The following questions were addressed: Are your clients getting more serious about social...