Let me preface this by saying I'm not currently hiring...just looking for advice. I don't want this thread to get pulled :)
I am coming to grips with the reality that the long list of demands on my time leave me unable to write the content needed to expand my site. I wish it wasn't that way but alas it is. I'm seriously considering outsourcing these writing projects but I'm trying to figure out how to do this.
Initially there would be a list of topics but if it becomes a long term deal, this person would likely have some flexibility to write on topics of their choosing. For example, I need someone who can write on the topic of cheese making (recipes, how-to information, etc.). There would be an initial set of recipes and articles but after that, I can probably be flexible.
So my questions...
--I'm assuming this would be a private contractor set up and I'd need a contract. Is there a place to find a good contract that would allow my company to retain ownership of the articles, etc? I'm happy to give the author credit on most of the articles at least (some might end up being anonymous) so they can take credit for them, but I need to retain the rights to them. I'd really rather not pay a lawyer to write something up if I don't have to.
--What's standard pay for this kind of work. I truly have no idea where to start on that. Is it by the hour (and what's reasonable in terms of time and money) or is is by the article?
--Is there anything else I need to know?