base rate: 1 hour: $275
pack of 5 hours: $250/ hour
pack of 10 hours: $230/ hour
ARMED FORCES DISCOUNT: I give a 10% discount to any client who volunteered for the armed forces of their home country.
PLEASE NOTE THAT I ASK FOR FULL PAYMENT AT THE TIME OF ORDERING. FOR INSTANCE, YOU CANNOT CHOOSE THE “TEN-SESSION” PACKAGE AND PAY BY THE HOUR; YOU MUST PAY THE FULL COST IN ONE LUMP SUM.
I also accept international wire transfers and will send you my banking info upon request. For domestic clients, I can accept bank checks and postal money orders.
Do I offer an initial consultation free of charge?
Yes. Please fill out the form on the Contact page.
This session will last from thirty minutes to one hour. During this session I am happy to discuss anything that you wish to cover. I will even review an essay or two during this time. For business school applicants, I prefer to review your “goals” essays. Please note that I DO NOT offer an initial consultation for second opinion or interview prep services.
Once I buy time, how do we proceed?
Please refer to the Services page.
How much time will you need?
For business school applications, as a rough estimate, I usually tell people that the first school will take four to six hours. The first application is almost always the most difficult simply because clients have to get their minds organized for the types of answers and presentation of information the schools are looking for and, also, because they don’t have a lot of information in mind for the essays.
Subsequent schools are generally faster because clients have a better understanding of what schools are looking for and, even better, they can recycle some of the information from the first application, particularly for the “goals” essay. As you proceed through your list of schools the process generally gains speed, although certain schools, such as Stanford and IMD are almost always quite difficult.
For other graduate school programs, the statement of purpose or personal statement will take, roughly, three to six hours. These documents require quite a bit of information and tend to have tight word limits, which makes your job pretty challenging. Some programs require a research plan/proposal or something similar. Since this document is entirely separate from the statement of purpose, you basically start all over again (i.e.; no recycling) and it will take, roughly the same amount of time–three to six hours.
How long does a session last?
It’s up to you. I am very flexible. Sessions can go for as long as you want them to but I generally bill in a minimum of fifteen minute increments. However, if every now and then you need me to review a brief item that takes just a few minutes, I probably won’t charge anything. Between sessions, I am happy to answer incidental emails at no charge as long as they remain at a reasonable volume and are not excerpts from essays or other documents we are working on.
I’m not overly obsessive about time and my main goal is for your application to look great. I earn my money in bulk packages and my business thrives because of referrals from past clients. Thus, I have no incentive to constantly squeeze clients for money or become petty about charging for tiny increments of time here or there.
Days Off & Hours of Operation
— I generally take Friday and Saturday off
— My hours are flexible but I don’t like to work before 8:00 AM PST or after 8:00 PM PST
— I travel a few times a year and this can disrupt my schedule temporarily but never for longer than the length of a flight. I will make announcements of my travels well in advance
November-December U.S. Holidays
I do not celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve/Day. If no one sends me work on those days then I’ll happily eat and drink like any other person but I’d rather work then and celebrate later.
If we agree to work together I guarantee the following:
1. I will be readily available for appointments
2. I will turn all work around within 24 hours
3. If you find that you need more hours than included in your initial package, I guarantee I will be available
4. Simply put, I am your partner in this process
What if my plans change or I don’t use all the time I purchase?
Sometimes, a client will wish to delay his or her application and counseling until the following year. I will honor the time the client has already purchased for one year from the date of purchase.
For all other cases, if a client is not 100% satisfied with my work after two weeks of paying I will refund all the unused time, minus any fees I might have incurred in receiving payment (i.e.; the percentage PayPal charges). However, if the client’s deadlines fall within this period this offer is not in effect. Beyond that, I do not offer refunds. Please think carefully about your level of commitment and purchase accordingly.
I work alone and guarantee 100% privacy.