Lately, I seem to be answering the same questions by email about my prices so often that I'd like to post some of the answers here:
Generally, I charge $25/pg or $30/pg for the easiest assignments but most are $30/pg unless they're extreme rush orders without any cushion on the delivery time/date. That's about the same as the cheapest rates of the better U.S. companies for non-rush orders. It's also competitive with the rates of the only two other U.S. freelancers whose work I know and trust.
Usually, I charge $35 if it's needed within 48 hours, but I'm flexible in between 24 and 48, especially for regular customers. Twelve hours or less is possible sometimes for $40/pg but for regular customers, I may be able to squeeze them in for $30 or $35 based on difficulty and relative inconvenience. But because I'm a 1-person organization, I sometimes do charge more or less based on how hard it will be for me to do the work personally and how hard (or inconvenient) it is to squeeze it in if I'm particularly busy. Whatever my price is, it's always quoted first and it's always up to you to accept or go elsewhere for your essay, and no, first-time customers don't get discounts by promising they might have a lot more work for me. The fact is that most people who use me need more than one assignment from me and my "client retention" rate is already about 90%. I do give discounts to repeat clients who are easy to work with and who refer other people to me. Either way, the price is whatever I quote if you want the work from me. As always, if I'm not sure I can do a good job on the assignment, I'll tell you what my confidence level is in advance if I don't just decline it outright if it's not something I can do.
You can email me anytime using this screen-name "at" aol.com. If you use the email in my (linked) informational website, the response won't be as fast. You can cc there (once) to make sure that's also me if you need to. I do not have any gmail email account and the only two emails I use are the two aol accounts referenced in this post.