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I need a little help with web design pricing...

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ShadeDream, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    I never knew where to post this thread, maybe I should have put it in the public part of the forum but hopefully I will get some positive responses here. I?m not a professional web designer though I do have the ability to design websites as well as make modifications to them; it takes me some time and I probably wouldn?t even call myself a web designer because I?m not however my work is always to a high standard and the end result is visually pleasing. The question that I have is how much could I charge for designing a web site and putting it live? To be more specific, one of my clients for whom I have previously done some computer related stuff would like a website, and I?m the one that is going to create it, this would be my first serious job and I don?t really know how to go around with the pricing. I?ve been asked how much such a project could cost and I?m not sure what to say, I don?t want to charge them too little and I don?t want to charge them too high. The web site will be around five pages; will contain some kind of a contact form and I was thinking of creating it in WordPress so that it offers easier access and editing capabilities, as well as this I will also be writing most of the site content if not all. Suggestions?
     
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    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    When I first started a web design company a few years ago, we would charge about £350 ($500) for a simple site like that when starting out.

    We did it on £50 per hour x 7 hours to do the job :)
     
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    Not completely on topic, but this article came to mind from your post that may help you.

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    http://lifehacker.com/5567336/freelancers-work-for-full-price-or-free-never-cheap
    Personally, I try to stay away from any sort of freelance work whatsoever

    From knowing people who do freelance, and for hiring it out for different projects, I personally think it's in your best interest (as a developer / freelancer) to do a "per hour" charge instead of a project charge.

    If the client is nervous about signing onto "per hour" you can assign stop points (ie after 6 hours of work, if not completed, it's gone through together to see what's done and what needs to be completed with a new estimate of how long to finish)

    You do a project charge, and then the client thinks you're supposed to do 20 revisions of the whole thing, because once they see it live, they either don't like it or have a whole new idea. They'll leave a voicemail in the middle of the project with an "oh, by the way......." that will turn into 3 days of your life down the toilet because they think that "project pricing" means regardless of changes / switches etc.

    Other may have different opinions, however having seen enough people get stuck on the bad side of a contract, thought I'd share my 2 cents :)

    Happy selling
     
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    I dont know if this will help since it is a little old, But it might help you out and give you a good mindset.

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    http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=389195
     
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  5. Ultraburner

    Ultraburner Junior Member

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    Nothing wrong with price work just get the price right. Think about how much your customer has to spend and dont undersell your skill unless you desperately need to practice or need a site for your portfolio
     
  6. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    There’s some great and very helpful information in this thread; it should get me going. Thanks all!
    How skilful would you call yourself back then? Just wondering because I can't really say that I've got skills, I'm just a person that knows where to click and has an open imagination (unless this is what you call skills). :)
     
  7. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Zero skill :)

    ... which is lucky seeing as I didn't do the designing! Had a biz partner who was okay at design but nothing special. Most offline businesses have lower standards than those of us who are full-time online. I left that business, and nowadays I wouldn't touch a project for below $5k as I hated dealing with design clients!
     
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  8. frasierman

    frasierman Newbie

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    I charge $50-$75 an hour as a professional freelance web designer. Then again, 90% of my sites get on Creattica.
     
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  9. Ultraburner

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    Thanks for that Link - I love sites like this they are such inspiration - If your work gets on there the kudos to you dude.