Ask Ritika – Current Freelance Writing Rates in India
By Ritika Tiwari / May 16, 2016 / Comments: 12

And we are back with our monthly edition of Ask Ritika. I got a lot of queries this month from you guys. I am not sure if I will be able to include all of them in today’s post but I will try my best.


I just looked up at your website, it’s lovely and creative!

I have a few questions:

1. What is the current market rate per word in India?

2. How do I get in touch with high paying clients? I always stumble upon clients that pay ridiculously less. like, INR 80 per 600 words. It is only recently that I’ve found someone who is ready to pay 50 paise per word.

3. I am sick of writing boring SEO articles and looking forward to write interesting lifestyle pieces, how do I contact such websites?


First of all, thank you for liking my website 🙂
1-  Well, that is an extremely subjective question. The current market rate depends highly on the type of writing you are doing and the kind of clients you are working with.

If you are just looking for general blog posts and SEO freelance writing rates then the rates would go somewhere between 0.5 INR – 5 INR per word. See the vast variation? That is because it really is very subjective.

80 rs per 600 words is extremely less, and you shouldn’t be working with those kind of clients.


Read: 4 Reasons you are not getting High Paying Clients


It can be difficult to find your first high paying clients. The key is to not give up and keep looking. Trust me there are many high paying clients out there


Read: 5 Online Gold Mines to Find Freelance Writing Jobs


I was looking for an online parttime job
and came across Freelancer. Can you tell me more of this??Is it safe
and how can I start??what is your experience in this regards?


My experience on Freelancer was horrible. The payment system is extremely confusing and you will never find the right kind of clients there. The people there are only looking for low paid writers.

Writing has always been a hobby but I have never tried professional writing. I write a whatsapp article each day and over 80 people wait to hear from me. And going by the feedbacks , I feel its time for me to take it to the next level. But fact is that i am an amateur and I request you to guide me regarding this.


Well, first of all, writing an ‘article’ on Whatsapp is nowhere near to writing an article for online and print publications. So, you can expect to start from zero when you do that.

To start with, you need to read the kind of articles that you wish to write and see how the other writers approach that topic. You need to understand the kind of research involved in the articles. Its not just about writing what’s on your mind. Content writing is all about understanding client requirements


Read – 5 Effective Habits of a Successful Content Writer



I have a query to ask to you, since you are into freelancing, that how to earn by writing short stories
There are many clients looking for writers that can create fiction stories for ebooks and blogs. I would recommend starting your search at Upwork 

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Excellent post. Recently I’ve been hired by Millionairetrek blog (work from home) and they are paying me 50$ per 1000 word article. Do you think it’s worth it as the articles have to be well researched?



Good read. It would be great if you can share some insights on what is the average charges for ghost writing in India?


Hey nice read. I am an academic writer who has been writing for an year now for clients. However I am not so happy with the payment per word offered by these agents. I wanted to know how much I could charge per word for scientific level writing from the agencies.


what are the charges for editing & proofreading of any Book by publication houses?


Thanks for the article, but the formatting is such that it is a headache to read. I have to read twice to make out which ones are the questions and which is the answer.