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How much do you charge?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by mkh210, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. mkh210

    mkh210 Newbie

    Apr 10, 2008
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    Recently I did a bit of website modifications for a friend of a friend.
    It was easy and didn't take very long so I didn't charge anything. Now
    they want to hire me to do some more work for them - pretty easy stuff,
    add a page, update some things here and there nothing that'll take very

    I was wondering what you charge for this type of stuff. I assume it'll be less than 10 hours a month work.

  2. lclynnch185

    lclynnch185 BANNED BANNED

    Dec 1, 2009
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    maybe 150-200 bucks. :p
  3. grafxextreme

    grafxextreme Regular Member

    Nov 28, 2008
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    This really depends upon what they're asking for you to do. Have them tell you EXACTLY what they require for you to do and THEN ask them what their budget is for the project. This way there's no guessing.

    Don't take a small bid just because they offer it. If the bid is too low it's usually because they have no idea what it should be. Very respectfully respond to them that their budget is too low and then let them offer another amount. If it is too low then tell them what you'd be willing to do and for how much. This adds value and respect to what you're offering and to you.

    Many people won't know what to offer. That's normal. What you're trying to do is figure out what their budget is so you don't undercut yourself. You never know, you may have offered to to it for $50 when they were prepared to pay you $500.

    There's no point in you guess when you can simply ask them.

    Hope this helps....
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  4. sean connery

    sean connery Newbie

    Dec 31, 2009
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    Figure out what your time is worth and charge them by the hour.
  5. JamesAtlas

    JamesAtlas Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Nov 16, 2009
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    15-20 bucks an hours sounds like a reasonable rate, especially if the work is easy for you.
  6. Psyding

    Psyding Newbie

    Dec 11, 2009
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    Personaly, I don't agree with the pay-per-hour basis, because if I'm good at what I do, I work fast... and end up with earning less.

    A pay-per-task pricing system has the advatage to force everybody to define well in advance what has to be done.
    When this is defined, I always sum up what the new functionality and/or service will bring, in order for the customer to confirm the task, and also to be conscious of the added value it has FOR HER / HIM... and I charge according to what it brings him / her for value.
    For instance, if the point is to add a gimmick to a shopping cart that will increase your customer's e-commerce sales by $10000 / month, I bet they should be psychologically ready to hand you $2-$3000 for that : it's a lot compared to the 3 hours of work à $20 you would have billed on a pay per hour basis, but it's a bargain if compared with the $120000 / year added value you will bring them.

    Another advantage is that people tend to trust more the quality of what they get when they pay $3000 for it, than when they pay $60 : not only you end up earning more, but your customers are more satisfied and raise less critics.

    Question : how long have you been discussing the task to do with your potential customer ?
    Those hours are taken from your valuable production time, and it's always a good idea to keep in mind that for each and every billed hour, there has always been not paid time you have spent before to get the job.

    An anecdot, to close :
    One day, Dali made a beautifull portait of a woman. She wanted to buy it and asked him for the price.
    He said he could sell it to her for $500 000.
    "What ???" she said "$500 000 for one hour of work ?"
    "No," he said "for twenty years"

    Never forget that what comes easy and fast for you to do, is due to all the hard work you've done before to master your art, and this has a tremendous value ;-)

    Hoping I wasn't too long for my very first post on this forum... hello BlackHatWorld ! :)
  7. Hyperion

    Hyperion Regular Member

    Apr 21, 2009
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    Go to getafreelancer.com. Plenty of Indians there who do anything for 2$ an hour.
  8. craigygee

    craigygee Regular Member

    Nov 5, 2009
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    Well the first thing is try to get a budget out of them. Then you can take it from there. But really, I don't charge anything under 500$ but that's what my time and work is worth. Most don't know what design work is worth. Just don't undercut yourself and don't over bid it. That is why it is good to have an understanding of how much they are working with.

    There is really no set pricing for web design. Say you are doing something for a company or business or someone who has money, you could bid a site at $1500+.

    If you are dealing with someone who isn't big time you can start it out at like 450$/500$ or less depending on what the work is.

    Be sure to write up contracts too so you get paid. I design websites for a living from home so if you need any info shoot me a PM.
  9. squelsh

    squelsh Regular Member

    Mar 19, 2009
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    In my experience these things will always take longer than you predict. Also the client will always end up wanting to change a few things. So work out what is reasonable and then add another 10-20% onto that to cover those additional costs.