i posted few weeks ago about how to start off doing freelancing and for your information, i was approached by a friend who owns a courier shipping company an offer of helping him to create a solution and help maintaining his company website.
I feel great as this is gonna be my first involvement of a project in the freelancing world but in the same time i feel nervous of accepting his offer. I haven't reply him yet to confirm whether i was gonna accept his offer or not because i am trying to find out by doing a bit of homework whether or not it is gonna be feasible and up to my level as to let ya'll know i never worked with a techie web solution like the one he requested before.
He wanted me to design a system where he can accept bookings and requests via his website. So you can say that really gonna involve some calendering and ecommerce script work as it involves payment and scheduling. In his email he was asking me how much should i get paid from him annually.
So the question is, is it gonna be wise if i accept his offer straightaway and come up with a quote of how much i should get per month to him first? (as I myself having those worries of accomplishing the project well)
Or should i do a bit of homework first i.e. roughly draft the plan and doing some bit that he wanted which works partially first, present them to him and see if he is satisfied than let him suggest what is the most humble rate that he think is best to pay me?
Can someone give me a rough idea of what sort of scripts are the best to provide solution to his requests i.e. php, mysql etc and also a rough idea of how much this project really worth, assuming that everything goes well and the system that he wanted was successfully implemented.
For your info, his request for my help is to:
1. design and implement the solution in his existing website (which means his current administration will change hands to me)
2. taking care of his bookings as well as training him how to use it (his co. is a small scale business with small number of staff) and maintaining his website i.e backing them up and do regular maintenance.
And I was based in the UK. Therefore, I really need advice from all preferably UK freelancers!
Thanks you all so much!