Freelance Heroes

Aug 02, 2012

Hi, and welcome to the "Freelance Heroes" thread, a place where Articulate Freelancers help each other. Got a question about freelancing? Or perhaps you have an e-learning asset that may be valuable to those "doin' their own thing"? This is the place to share--to give.

To start things off, I'd like to share a short list of questions that help me figure out what kind of training a potential client wants. (So often they have no idea what they want.) The list is far from exhaustive, but may be of some help. Looking forward to meeting you. --Daniel  

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Mandy McCarthy-ward


I am looking for a Freelance storyline author to produce about 500 screens. We are producing a course of 3 modules. We have produced one and to speed it up we would like help producing one of our modules using our style etc.

We are in Derby

if you know anyone who can help, can you contact mme with cost, likely time to produce Mandy

Hannah Hawkins

Hi Mandy,

We would be very keen to learn more about your project - we are a small UK-based company, and my business partner is actually based in Derby.

You can see some of our work via our website:

If you would like to discuss further please contact us at:

Many thanks,



Thomas Albright


Audrey and I would be happy to look over the project and give you a quote.

*Relevant Experience and Qualifications:*

Several years experience with Remote E-Learning Development and LMS
Please refer to our website and Linkedin for Course Demo and References.

*Approach to the Job:*
We can work with anyone and are happy to help in any way we can. Demo located in the SCORM Cloud widget on the
sample page. My Personal Profile. Our Company page.

Please let me know if we can be of assistance in any way.

Thomas E. Albright II
Cell 405-568-1090
[image: Let's connect on Linkedin]

Mandy McCarthy-ward

Hi all

I am still requiring help with a freelance articulate storyline author who can help produce approx 500 screens to a template we have created.  I am looking for an indication of how many days it is likely to take to produce 500 articulate storyline 1 screens (its fairly basic ) and the costs - either for the project or a daily rate with an indication of  how many screens would be created per day. 

I hope this makes sense - please can you email me on

Jeanne Bernui

I certainly can't speak for everyone, but I bill hourly.  After scoping out the project, I determine a maximum cost I think is appropriate for the project, and in my service agreement I include the following: "Client agrees to pay the Provider at a rate of $X per hour, not to exceed $XYZ."  I also include a statement about making content changes after a certain point and how this will negatively impact the cost.

Hourly rates seem to vary considerably based on experience and skill set.  As an instructional designer who also develops eLearning courses in Storyline, I imagine my hourly rate is higher than someone who is only providing Storyline development and not ID, too.  So, I guess you need to determine what you need from a contractor.  Are you going to provide storyboards to be built out, or do you need assistance with the whole design and development process?

Hope that helps!


Bruce Graham

Hi Mischelle,
There are all kinds of option - by the hour, by the day, by the project.
You are the client, so it is up to you, your budget, and how much you want to pay.
It varies by person, country and their fee structure.
Perhaps get people to "bid" for something you have for them, but beware of, and remember that you DO get what you pay for in this industry.
You may also want to Private Message a few people to understand what they do, and how they work.
Hope that helps.

Simon Blair

Great point Jeanne. I recently saw a sample price sheet another freelancer (I wish I could remember who) shared. What I found most interesting about his pricing was that he had different rates, depending on the task to be done. That is, he had an ID rate and a different rate for Storyline development. I believe he also had a rate for projects where he'd handle both.

Mischelle Walters

Hi guys, I posted a question on another board and was directed here.  I am interested in learning what freelancers charge for assistance with development.  We MAYBE looking for some assistance 1st quarter of 2015 to help get our elearning up and running.  So I would be looking for ID & Storyline development.  I am new to Storyline so I am not as advanced as my ideas are.  If interested please feel free to contact me via email.



Mischelle Walters
Mischelle Walters


I will probably be looking for help with ID & development in Storyline. If you want to get more info feel free to contact me via email.

Mischelle Walters
Corporate Trainer
10 Lafayette Square, Suite 1900 | Buffalo, NY 14203
tel: (716) 839-4000 | fax: (716) 839-3700
email: | web: |

Mischelle Walters

Thanks for the info Tom, I will keep your information so I can reach out to you once we are ready to move forward on the bids.

Mischelle Walters
Corporate Trainer
10 Lafayette Square, Suite 1900 | Buffalo, NY 14203
tel: (716) 839-4000 | fax: (716) 839-3700
email: | web: |

Patti Quinn

Hi, everyone!

Are you an independent training designer/developer looking to expand your job opportunities?

The company I work for, Michaels & Associates (, creates custom training for ILT, eLearning, Blended Learning, mLearning, etc. and we regularly expand our team with the help of independent talent who work remotely.

If you are a US-based, expert level Instructional Designer, Storyline/Captivate/Lectora, etc. Developer, and Graphics/Media Developer (or any combination thereof), I'd love to hear from you. If your skill sets also include solid project management experience, that's a nice plus for certain projects. Whether we have an immediate position available or not, we are always looking for people who might be a good fit to partner with us on the types of projects we typically do.

Interested? Please send your resume and links to samples to

Happy Holidays!

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