I'm occasionally asked why I charge hourly for most jobs. Some clients would very much prefer a flat fee or to pay by the word, both of which are common payment models for writers and editors. The short explanation is that each project is unique and requires its own special touch. At the end of the day, an hourly charge ensures I get paid fairly for the work I've done to provide what the client has requested.
It's a simple truth that we aren't all equally good at putting words on the page. Writing and editing are highly skilled tasks that require time and effort to acquire and maintain.
Critique is more productive when the editor tempers their criticism with compassion and a genuine goal to be constructive.
If you look up curriculum vitae (CV) online, you're going to get a lot of results for resumes, as if they are the same thing. The same is true when you start looking for templates and formatting suggestions, most of the web returns are for resumes. So what's the difference and how do you know which to use?
It can be difficult to decide if you're choosing the right person to edit your work or provide writing services, especially if you haven't gone through the process of hiring a freelancer or contractor before. Changing contractors midway through a project is a hassle that delays the final product and adds to the overall expense.