edacsac - 4:11 pm on Jul 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
The business end is going to kill me, I swear. I have a customer who is relatively close friend/family, so I price with some discount in mind. They need two sites. Fully working shopping cart and a blog type site.
I can look at all this and tell them what they need and estimate a complete package. But they want ala cart pricing to pick and choose. So far no logos or anything graphical. Fine, you can have a poopy looking site. Graphic design dosen't help sales anyway.
I've never setup an off the shelf cart before (always custom work), but my pricing estimate was pretty good. This entails a color/layout scheme, cleaning up some of the unneeded nonsense, populating cart with titles, price and shipping, a half cocked header logo (since they don't want any graphic work), testing, and paypal checkout. They have no real images or product descriptions - only titles, and they are iffy about buying product photography from me. I guess I charge too much for photography, but I don't haul all my equipment on site without a reaonable wage.
With data entry I'm cutting to close with my estimate. If I have to search manufacturers and stock images for all the products, my estimate will be blown. That's a lot of time consuming work.
After digging in to the off the shelf cart and finding out how long it takes to configure, I'm going to need more money if I'm going to input descriptions and images. I'm ready to write a contract for services, but now the price has increased a bit.
Is that ok? They'll get their turn key cart and it will look good and work good. I'm just not into free data entry just because it wasn't priced in the initial estimate. If this was my second cart, I'd have already coded up an import scheme as a business asset for cart customers and saved some time, but this is the first off the shelf cart.
I guess I can't or don't know how to price my time for data entry and manufacturer image resizing to keep the site looking consistent.
Is it ok to raise the price a bit in the contract? Is it ok to raise a price once you dig into something and see there is more work than estimated?
This will also be my first contract and I have no clue. I found plenty of contract templates, but I might as well start from scratch.