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My first real client

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by mrmidjam, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. mrmidjam

    mrmidjam Regular Member

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    I have been creating websites for 6 years now and have really enjoyed learning about, html, css, php, mysql, seo. I started by creating websites for affiliate marketing and have made a very modest income from it. I have also, created sites for friends and family who were extremely happy with my work. The problem is however, it does not pay all the bills and I find myself getting obsessed with work and shutting out the world.

    A couple of days ago I decided to create a personal website promoting my services, including links to my previous work and plastered it everywhere I could. I have received an overwhelming response and now have a few meetings with potential clients including a very exiting opportunity with a business associate of my brothers who would like start a web design business with a 50/50 split. He knows nothing about websites but, has a great deal of knowledge about how to build a successful business. I would bring my knowledge of building and hosting websites to the table and he would take care of the business side of things including marketing. He has 3 very successful businesses and has said he is very happy to supply me with anything I need to get started.

    I have very limited business sense and I'm a little overwhelmed, I still haven't registered myself as self employed :)

    I have a meeting today with a client who needs an eCommerce website built for his toy company, he has done very well over the past 3 years using eBay, Amazon and now feels it's the right time to start his own site. I showed him opencart and a few paid themes and he was very impressed.

    What would be a fair rate to setup hosting, install opencart and a theme probably including SSL? I was thinking around £200 does that sound fair, to me and him? Would you normally price a job by calculating the time it would take for you to do it and work out a daily rate?

    Also, I have a meeting with my potential business partner next week and it would be great to get some tips from people on these forums, already within the business on what questions I need to ask such as "Would I be paid a wage before the 50/50 split?".

    My brother has said that I need to be more confident in my abilities and tell him what I can do and not what I can't. I guess I have been sat in my front room shutting the world out for too long :)

    Any input would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. dnenb

    dnenb Registered Member

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    You should listen to your brother :) £200 sounds way too cheap.
     
  3. mrmidjam

    mrmidjam Regular Member

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    Funny he says that too :)

    I figured it would take me 2 days max to set it all up, I checked the lowest going rate for web designers in the UK which works out around £100 a day.

    What would you charge?
     
  4. dnenb

    dnenb Registered Member

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    Who would your client get this service from if not from you? Check their prices.
     
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  5. mrmidjam

    mrmidjam Regular Member

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    Opencart installs are dirt cheap however, I would need to transfer his domain to a hosting package, install the script, a theme of his choice and setup SSL.
     
  6. PinkDiamond

    PinkDiamond Regular Member

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    As it's your first client go for £300-£450 for first deal as it seems not very hard job. Your client may be go long term or may bring potential business if he gets satisfaction from your work.. Well all things depend on your ability and skills, take only those jobs in which you are perfect..
     
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  7. mrmidjam

    mrmidjam Regular Member

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    That's some good advice, thanks mate :)