Why Use Word Count?
Service rate based on word count is much more accurate, lie-proof, and solid facts compared to page count and duration count.
Service rate based on page count is imprecise as some pages only have a few words, probably full with charts, figures, or tables, and some may even be blank. Besides, different font, font size, line and paragraph spacing in the content make the rate become more complex and inaccurate. Of course, we don’t want to set so many rules such as must use Times New Roman with the font size of 12 and 1.5 line spacing just for the sake of using our services. Then, you need to change back to the format that you want, which is so tedious, time-consuming, and may create more errors. For sure you don’t want to spend more money just to double check your work. This will make you stress and unhappy.
On the other hand, charging your work based on duration such as per hour basis is impractical at all as some dishonest editor & proofreader might use this opportunity to lie. For example, the editing job may only take 5 hours, but they can tell you it took 1 day. How would you know? I believe you don’t like the feeling of fear, nervousness, and anxiety while you waiting for the corrected manuscript. Again, this will make you stress and unhappy.