Payment

  • In every case, a potential project is accompanied by a written quote for your review and signature prior to engaging services.
  • Projects are usually quoted as a flat fee or retainer. Contact us for hourly rates.
  • For projects lasting two weeks or less and for all first time clients, 50% of the base fee is required to start, with the remainder due upon completion.
  • For writing projects longer than two weeks, 33% of the base fee is required to begin, 33% is due upon achievement of the first milestone or draft copy and the balance due upon completion of the project.
  • Editing projects $500 or less are payable in full. Larger project require 50% deposit to begin, with the balance payable on delivery.
  • Any other custom payment schedules will be agreed upon in writing prior to project start.
  • Payment for expenses such as travel, materials etc. incurred in connection with the project will be billed in an itemized fashion within ten days following our receipt of invoice.
  • TCS reserves the right to charge additional “rush fees” of at least 25% of total project cost for jobs with deadlines of 48 hours or less, and at least 50% for jobs assigned on Thursday/Friday and due on the following Monday/Tuesday.
  • A purchase order or letter/email of authorization is required for all jobs.
  • Deposits accepted along with a purchase order are non-refundable.
  • If a project is terminated for any reason after completion of copywriting, TCS is entitled to full payment of agreed-upon flat fee.
  • If an hourly project is terminated during the copywriting or storyboarding stage, TCS is entitled to full payment of all hours invested up to the point of cancellation.
  • Copy revisions are generally included in the base fee if they are assigned within 30 days of copy submission and are not based on changes in the assignment after the contract is agreed upon (i.e. scope change). As detailed in each individual quote, revisions requested outside these guidelines will be billed at the appropriate hourly rate.

Invoices are always emailed per the contract or letter of agreement for each project. Checks are made payable to The TCS Group. For your convenience, you may instead click on the button below to make payment online with a credit card.

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