mumbles - 9:35 pm on Mar 21, 2003 (gmt 0)
I think even if we give the client a per page price we are still charging by the hour. The only way to price a job up front is to guesstimate how long it will take and multiply by your hourly rate. Breaking down to a per page price for the client may make it sound better to them. In reality a big part of the price is for the overall design and the first page or 2 is what most of the time goes into.
I have also been told that after you come up with this figure you should add 50% to cover unforseen costs.
The client gets the best price when we charge by the hour, they only pay for the exact amount of time it takes. Few clients like this idea though. I now give clients a price range and a site plan. If they start making changes that ups my time, they pay the higher price.