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Meeting with Lawyer tomorrow, Any Advice? :)

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  1. backontrack

    backontrack Power Member

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    I have a meeting with a Local Lawyer who needs some reputation management done, & needs a simple website just to show the services.
    Anyone have any clue what should i charge? He wants me to add positive reviews also. I came to BHW cause i always get awesome advice! So even a little advice makes a difference! Thanks guys!

    Update: Turns out this guy is a big lawyer with 3,000+ Clients! He said he doesnt care about the costs, he just wants a website that looks really good and wants positive reviews! He said if i do well he will have alot of business for me and can get me into a really big Real estate company! He told me to try to make a site today and make it look really good, and if it looks good he will sign a contract (I didn't even tell him any prices!) Thanks again all!
     
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    Hey! Once you decide what to charge, ask him for 25% more. He will most likely come with a counter offer. Then eventually you will reach the amount you wanted. He's a lawyer so he's probably used to negotiating. Good luck!
     
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  3. backontrack

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    Good advice! I will keep that in mind! Thank you :) appreciated!
     
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  5. backontrack

    backontrack Power Member

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    You are very welcome
     
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    Be sure that you're clear on legitimate positive reviews. He's a Lawyer, that should explain why.
    I would charge no less than $499 monthly and get a 6 month contract (explaining Rep Enhancement takes time, the site will be finished sooner).
    Set your rate at $599 so he thinks he's getting a big discount at $499. Again he's familiar with negotiations after all.
     
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  8. backontrack

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    Great advice, But i was thinking to do $250 a month for a 3 month contract, im guessing $250 is way to low? :p Im going to start at $549 monthly and see where it goes from there. Thank you very much!
     
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    Depending on your city, busy Lawyers with the right clients earn PLENTY (and then some) to pay you even $999 monthly.
    He knows how much 1 extra client can pay off, and through improved public image he's going to increase his incoming leads. Remember this can last for years so don't EVER come off as cheap. Show him the value you give him, and charge no less. Remember you can always lower the price but never increase it once you're talking.

    Not to mention your average web design goes for $300-$500 easily. See what I'm saying? In the words of netmoney1: "Don't be afraid to make money"
    He's in Law so he'll respect your ability to stand your ground.
     
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    What's the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer?
    A bad lawyer can let a case drag out for several years. A good lawyer can make it last even longer!

    In all seriousness - good luck with the meeting, hope all goes well :)
     
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  11. backontrack

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    I am loving your advice right now! GREAT advice! Thank you very much! I really do appreciate it! Ill keep you guys up to date :)
     
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    lol haha! Thanks for the laughs and positivity :D, And thanks for the good luck :)
     
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    Lawyers and other professionals are used to shelling out big bucks for services (billing software, seo, etc.) I'd recommend minimum $x,xxx per month. Keep in mind that people don't see value in cheap offerings; if you set a premium price, they'll assume value will follow. I'd say go big and offer at least two price points (think $1200 and $2400 or some other spread - those numbers are arbitrary obviously). If he says that's out of his budget range, then you can reduce the price or negotiate, but you never know, they may be willing to pay more than you offered! I had a client who runs a Swiss private equity group, I offered double my current max package ($2400 per month) and they were surprised it wasn't more...makes me think I should've said $6000/month.
     
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    I assume the lawyer doesn't have his company so no IT department, so you should go with 12 month contract. Try to convince him the importance of SEO and how it may bring more costumers to him. Take some screenshots of themes and show him what you have in mind, have a speech ready before you go there. About billing I would suggest having high price at start and lowering when the contract ends
     
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    When it comes to prices and business people, its important to let them understand why the prices are what they are. You can charge $500 or $1500, it doesnt matter. What matters is how they perceive your future work. This is what you want them to think:

    1. Out of the $X i'm paying he is going to spend 90% on designers' & coders work and leave only 10% to himself
    2. His prices support the statement above, they are not some $999.99 bullshit (prices that best support the statement above are the ones ending with 7, e.q. $987 is a good price)
     
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    Thank you very much guys!
     
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    Backontrack...please clear the Inbox, it is full, I wanted to send you a PM.
     
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    make sure that you do a lead form so you can track and show him the leads your seo work has brought him.
     
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    Are they active clients?
    My attorney has at least 3000 clients but he doesn't make money off me until I bump the/a law.
    It is also fairly easy to get city news paper to give a writing blog on their domain.
    It's wild west competition... Congrads u!
     
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    Im sure these type of clients doesnt care about the price its all about the quality



    Bascially he just gave you a check with no amount on it now its up to you to make it happen
     
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