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  • 8 years in business
  • 290 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carl M.
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Joseph at Competitive Edge walked me through the resume writing process and was very thorough in explaining how the process worked. He really listened to me and really wanted to know what I am looking for in my next job.

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MORLEY CAREER SOLUTIONS
4.9
from 128 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 226 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Miranda wasn't just writing my resume. She gave tips on job search and gave helpful advice too.

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EG Results, LLC
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary J.
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Ellen is passionate about helping her clients identify and then develop a strategy to meet their short and long term goals. I highly recommend Ellen if you are looking to not just find a job but identify a career that aligns your passion and skills to achieve your life's mission and values. Ellen, I truly value your support and guidance as I work on my career transition goals. Mary

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VerbWright Writing Services
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 160 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kurt L.
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I was very nervous to begin this process and struggled with the first step of asking for help regarding my career. I’m so glad I began these steps and Sandra helped make my resume restructuring an enjoyable and informative opportunity. She was incredibly patient and professional and even took the time to meet with me for over an hour to get to know me, helping her craft my resume more effectively. I would recommend her to anyone and will use her again if I need any more writing help.

Yes! You Can!
4.4
from 38 reviews
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Adam F.
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Writing is very painful for me. Laura worked with me to help get my message across in a beautiful way. I would definitely work with her again since she was so patient and engaged in the work.

  • 22 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Josie L.
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I have been working with Victoria Reeves for 4 years now and I must say that her teaching/help is outstanding! Not only have I been able to improve my writing skills grammatically, my vocabulary has increased tremendously. Her personality is very fun as well, so whenever you're taking classes, you won't feel bored or ready to fall asleep. That is one of my favorite parts about being tutored by her. It breaks the image of a traditional, dreadful tutor. You get to learn for someone with a bubbly, lively personality while getting studies done. I definitely recommend her!

  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Annie W.
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Our first meeting was great. He is a conscientious tutor. He prepared some practices for me to learn about my skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. And then he will customize a plan for me, according to my performance in our first meeting.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Monica M.
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She is great, love her technique of teaching and very positive!!

Emily Writes
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Joe B.
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Emily wrote me a resume that landed me my dream job! She was able to magnificently articulate all the exciting aspects of my previous roles, while stirring new inputs for the less important job functions. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to reach beyond that next step job and really shoot for what they are aspiring to do!

Susie Writes
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kate C.
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Susie did some content writing for my blog. Her writing has the perfect mix of technicality and creativity! She is effective and efficient in her work. I would highy recommend her!

Brilliant Light
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Charlie S.
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I've worked with Kyra Marcano in a few different capacities. Kyra is incredibly personable and has a unique ability to cultivate authentic, trusting relationships with anyone. Strong writing and editing demands a commitment to detail and creativity. Kyra adds both. I wholly recommend Brilliant Light.

Remy Solomon
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Morgan R.
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Remy was indispensably helpful in editing my papers. Her knowledge of good writing techniques and command of language helped transform my work to new levels. She provides great tips for how to strengthen your argument and how to add the strongest types of evidence and analysis to your work. I've never received such useful, personalized advice in or out of school. I will reach out in a heartbeat to her for my next project, and I would definitely recommend her!

Jaclyn McClellan
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Edward G.
    Verified review

    Jaclyn was absolutely perfect at helping me update my resume and writing cover letters for applications. I believe me landing my new job was due to her professionalism and insight on my resume. She also helped me set up my 401k at my new job. I can now rest easy that I am saving properly for my future.

    Arlene Miles
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 30 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    KEYUR P.
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    Arlene was very very helpful in my project work. She did amazing awesome work. Whatever problem I with my writing she found solutions and she gave excellent suggestion. Ultimately, I had a A class project. I highly recommend her. She is just fabulous!!

    Speak Easy
    4.6
    from 5 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Thumbtack Customer
    Verified review

    Ani was a great tutor. She helped me write and edit my website. She was very professional and supportive .

    Vanessa Rico
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Elizabeth S.
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    I have hired Vanessa Rico for two separate projects in the past month, and both she executed flawlessly. The first project she helped me with transcription and the second project she did some online prospecting work for me--identifying prospects for outreach for my small business. Her writing skills, her people skills, her attention to detail, and her ability to meet deadlines are superb. I look forward to hiring Vanessa for more freelance work in the future!

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Lin L.
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    This was his first writing job, & he was very good about working with what I wanted, and making changes where necessary.

    Delchamps Consulting
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Brian T.
    Verified review

    Steve worked with my daughter on her writing as she prepares to go away to college. He was very friendly and attentive in his work with her. We will definitely be working with him again!

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    With my years of experience as an editor and writer in the creative and journalistic realms, you're write when you get me to write.

    Creative Editorial

    New To Thumbtack

    • 24 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I'm fun to work with and enjoy the creative process. I deliver what my clients want and need. And my fees are reasonable.

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    Graphic Design, Web Design, Logo Design, Video Production, Writing/Editing, Flash Banner Design, Flash Website Design, etc.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.
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    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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