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Jamie F.
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I had just resigned from my job. I felt my current resume wasn't appealing to the level of employment I was seeking. I contacted Carolyn on a Tuesday and asked if she could update my current resume by the end of the week, Friday. Carolyn was out of town at the time of call to her. She was very polite and patient with me. She gathered the information she needed and promised to review my current resume by the end of the night. The next day, Carolyn contacted me and requested the information she needed to update my resume. When Friday arrived Carolyn presented me with my updated resume. I immediately uploaded my resume and withing 48hrs., I had two job interviews scheduled. Within a week I was offered my dream job. Carolyn was able to capture my personality and compassion for my area of expertise and put it on paper. Within two weeks of contacting Carolyn, I HAD A JOB!

  • 6 years in business
Jim P.
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I have worked with Cynthia Shepp on three editing projects, and won't publish without her. She does impeccable work and her rates are great. Each time I work with her, I grow as a writer, learning from her comments and corrections. She is a joy to work with.

  • 25 years in business

As a professional writer/speaker with ten years of experience writing for the web and print, Kim Jones is also an ordained non-denominational pastor and mother of six. She specializes in writing about Christian Music, faith, parenting and life. Published daily on one of the largest web sites on the internet, Kim has also been published in two compilation books. She has spoken to youth groups, college groups and motorcycle clubs.


The ability to own exceptionally written communication is necessary when working independently or as a team. As subject matter expert, BCSolutions weave and develop content taken from global economics to science and medicine. Simply, when expanding on specific focal points, an intimate familiarity of various disciplines is required in order to present simple and concise reads. Too much content can obscure the central thought. BCSolutions' focus is on what is needful to the targeted business. Entering banking and brokerage businesses, Barbara Cerda attended the American Institute of Banking or AIB, studying trust law and bank management. Working briefly as an IB or Introducing Broker to Mr. Jack Sandner, the Mercantile Exchange Board chairman, she later joined the Corporate Trust Investor Relations division at the First National Bank of Chicago. A contract contributor to the Global Benchmarking website survey group at PWC, then later with UBS, Barbara Cerda is based in the United States. From the disciplines of science to business, economics and marketing, she is currently a contributing author to several online news magazines.


I am a certified technical writer. I have a BA in Communication and a master's degree in management. I am trained and qualified to compose or edit any form of documentation.


The freedom to work from anywhere in the world and tell my story. The art of storytelling is an old and distinguished art, and I absolutely love being able to spend my days writing about adventures both in fantasy worlds and in the real world.

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How do you hire a good grant writer?

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses that qualify for government grants, and individuals who qualify for foundation or government grants. Hiring a good grant writer can help you gain funding in your chosen field. According to the American Grant Writers’ Association, grant writers can help you research potential grant opportunities; write grant proposals, create budgets, and build budget narratives; review written materials before you submit; prepare a business plan; analyze your organization for grant competitive qualities; prepare research grants; help with 501(c)(3) applications for nonprofits; and more. Investing in the right grant writer could result in a financial win for your organization. Generally no licenses or certificates are required to be a good grant writer, but you may want to find a grant writer who has been certified (not just received a certificate of completion) by a reputable organization such as the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. Qualities to look for in a good grant writer include:

  • Proven success writing winning grants, especially in your target area.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong math skills and demonstrated proficiency with budgeting.
  • Careful attention to detail — brilliant grant proposals may be rejected just for formatting errors, so you want someone who follows instructions explicitly.
  • Expertise in your target area.
  • Punctuality and good communication skills.

How much does a grant writer cost?

Hiring a grant writer can give you a competitive edge when applying for financial grants for your business or nonprofit organization, or as an individual. The cost to hire a grant writer can vary depending on their academic background, areas of expertise, previous grant writing success and years of experience. According to the Grant Professionals Association, grant writers should be paid hourly or by flat fee. It is unethical for a grant writer to accept a commission or percentage compensation of grant monies received. They can, however, be awarded bonuses in line with the hiring company’s prevailing practices. Here are some examples of average grant writing fees:

  • Hourly rate for grant writers with less experience or fewer grants awarded: $25-$35 per hour.
  • Hourly rate for grant writers with some degree of success: $35-$75 per hour.
  • Hourly rate for grant writers with proven success winning large grants: $75-$150 or more per hour.
  • For a smaller grant, the writer may charge a flat fee of $200-$500 for preparation and submission.  

Pricing may also vary based on the complexity of the grant application. A federal grant that requires pages of research, budgets and a business plan may take more than 30 hours to prepare. For a high-level grant writer who charges $100 per hour, this means $3,000 or more in grant writing fees.

Most grant writers will provide you with a total cost estimate before agreeing to the work. You may be required to pay a deposit up front, or the grant writer may work from a retainer. Often, seasoned grant writers pay for themselves in the long run by writing successful grants.

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