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How much should I charge this client?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by the_punisher, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. the_punisher

    the_punisher Power Member

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    k so till now i have been creating sites for family members, cousins or friends with whom the pricing if ever is competely different.

    But this is my first real client and i dont know what to charge.. They are a local company who want me to design a brochure and a website for them

    I will be using a brochure template and editing it in photoshop to meet their needs and I will also be using joomla to create the website.

    Im pretty good at making sites with joomla and the end result looks very professional.....

    now the problem is that they are asking me how much will I charge them for this? and i dont know the answer..

    How much should I..??
     
  2. noob411

    noob411 Junior Member

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    remember time = $ how much time will it take you to finish?
     
  3. agent_mango

    agent_mango Regular Member

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    noob411 is right..time plus the original graphics you make...example the logo...or if you have design a unique template, that's an addtional charge..

    I think the mimimum charge is $500 - $1000
     
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    tyrvidar Registered Member

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    I just completed a project that is kind of similar, except I didn't use Joomla as it's a simple product description site. It's 100% static, 3 pages plus a simple login system for wholesale purchasers to fill out a purchase order...the site came to 770.

    There was an insert for the product package needed as well, I used MicroSoft Publisher and with the same graphics I created for the site...created an insert for the product package. The total that came to was something like 225.

    Basically what I do is charge 50/hr for graphics work and 35/hr for coding the site (or if I'm installing joomla/wordpress or whatever). However, I'm thinking of upping those prices maybe to 75 and 50 as I'm still coming in WAY lower than the estimates others are charging for really garbage looking/template based sites in my area.

    Anyhow, hope that helps.
     
  5. Blixnet

    Blixnet Newbie

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    I agree with all of you, but here in Germany i charge for complete joomla site 1750€
     
  6. the_punisher

    the_punisher Power Member

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    thx lot guys. I now have an idea for what to ask for.

    K so when the site is completed whet do you guys do then.. Cause ofcourse they dont know how to operate joomla or they wouldnt have come to us.. SO if they want to update the content on the website or add some news and updates do the clients come back to you guys again?

    is the developer bound to something like this?
     
  7. virus_1720

    virus_1720 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    just say $750 and if they bargain come down to $600 to the max. Depends on how much time you take
     
  8. kenpodude

    kenpodude Registered Member

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    I'd charge $1500 - $2000 for the Joomla site. At least $300 for the brochure. Get at least half of it upfront. Give them a nice professional proposal that outlines everything you are going to do and why. Ask they if they have a free report you can give away on the site and teach them to use autoresponders. At $2000 this is still cheap for all this if done right.

    From my dealing with clients even if you put it on Joomla unless they have some technical ability they willn ot be able to maintain the site. I'm taking about keeping it the core and plugins current with any updates, backups, even the editor will give them problems unless you replace it with the JCE Editor.

    Make real money for your time and expertise. You are worth more than you think. At one time I was under billing myself (due to lack of confidence...) . I was basically charging $50 per hour. This was until I found out some guy I know that teaches jiu jitsu was charging $100 and hour for his time. Teaching jiu jitsu is a vlaid pursuit but helping someone build their online business and an asset that will serve them for years is worth more don't you think? Don't underprice!
     
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    kenpodude Registered Member

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    As far as updates I charge $100 per hpur even to update Joomla. This is relative as the updates for me in Joomla take minutes no matter what they want done. If you are good clients won't hesitate to pay it. Just give quick reliable service.
     
  10. machfive

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    I never charged less than $2,000 per Joomla website. You can even use Joomla templates. The brochure, I would charge at least $500. Tell them they will be able to update their website whenever they want it, they'll love your for that. I always priced my services based on $100/hour. So, if the brochure is going to take you 5 hours, plus corrections... etc... I calculate about $500.
     
  11. the_punisher

    the_punisher Power Member

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    thx guys for your valuable input here...

    while i was waiting for the replies I checked out odesk.com there people are offering their services for website installatio, seo and etc for $5/hour..

    arnt u guys very expensive... lol :)

    I just want to clarify this so that I dont scare away my first client by asking too much
     
  12. kenpodude

    kenpodude Registered Member

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    Here's a good site with alot of free training. Go to the Recordings section and if you have the time go through the 14 days worth of audio, etc. This was mentioned on BHW in some threads in the Offilne section. It's good free material on geting your head on straight to command the right fees.

    http://14daypowerchallenge.com
     
  13. the_punisher

    the_punisher Power Member

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    thx kenpopdude. ill give it a try.. but my deadline is in 6 days and the course id of 14 days :(