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PUNCH Creative, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Karen C.
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Above and beyond expectations! I used Danny Evans of Punch Creative to write ad copy for a sell sheet on very short notice. He asked all the right questions in our initial project discussion and is clearly an experienced strategic thinker and marketer. His copy was powerful and well-written, with a headline that jumped off the page. There is no doubt the man has creative talent and is a solid writer, but what makes him so much more valuable as a copywriter is that he also went the extra mile to understand the client, delivered more than promised and met a tight deadline. I can’t wait to work with him again.

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High End Graphic Design Logo / Brand Identity Illustration All Types of Print Collateral: --Direct Mail Postcards --Brochures --Newsletters --Point of Sale --Package Design Vehicle Wraps Website Design Web Banners Email Blasts Presentations Copywriting

  • 6 years in business
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I write things. I help businesses and individuals find their voice through web copying, blogging, social media and more!

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I graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English Writing and minors in both Film Studies and Theater Arts. My undergraduate work gave me valuable experience in writing, editing, and proofreading. I took initiative to develop my writing outside of the classroom through The Original, a student run and funded liberal arts publication, and Collision, a non-fiction literary magazine. One of my strengths is the ability to engage my readers. Currently, I am an Online Managing Editor for Patch.com, Forest Hills-Regent Square, an online community news website. I write and edit feature articles, manage freelance writers, copy edit, edit photographs using Adobe Photoshop, and organize content on the website. The topics I’ve covered range from community events to local prominent leaders in the film industry to Pittsburgh musicians. The discussion board I manage is often the most read section of the website. I have experience editing film for creative and promotional projects, as well as utilizing social media (mainly Twitter and Facebook) to promote Patch.com, local events, and Nancy Mosser Casting Agency. In a recommendation to a potential employer, Mosser included the following: “Sarah Beauchamp would be an asset to any organization. She is bright, organized, and conscientious.” In addition, I write for Pitt Magazine, the University of Pittsburgh's alumni publication, writing feature stories on Pitt alumni. While I interned with the magazine during college, I collaborated with the editorial staff to develop new ideas for future issues, in addition to proofreading and editing each issue before print. Now I conduct extensive research and interviews in order to shape my own feature pieces.

  • 1 year in business
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I have an editor's eye for detail and a knack for engaging, descriptive writing. My specialties include: content writing, blog writing, creative writing and academic research/writing/editing. Use my skills to craft eye catching content for your website that will keep customers coming back. Need some help fashioning blog articles? My curious nature renders me a pro at researching any subject you fancy. Want an editor to look over your original content? Let me know! Be sure to contact me if you require a writing service not mentioned, as no project is too small for me to tackle.

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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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