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Web Services Pricing

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2:41 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I currently have a regular day job as a Webmaster/Marketing Manager. Recently I have been getting alot of requests from friends, and friends of friends to do websites for their various clients, etc... I am pretty new on figuring out how to price this stuff out for these people when they ask me for quotes. I do full design w/ custom graphics, all coding by hand to XHTML & CSS web standards. I can do custom PHP scripting/and DB driven stuff plus SEO as well. I don't even know where to begin on figuring out how to price this stuff. If someone asks me 'I need a simple web site with about 25 pages, some custom graphics, but nothing fancy,' I have no idea how to price that out. Can someone point me the right direction? Any good reading out there?
2:56 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You can set up packages with set features and a predefined amount of content, with additional work or support for extra. Or you can price everything hourly. As for how much to charge, there are too many variables to suggest an amount-- the cost of living in your area, your experience level, your skill level, the financial means of your customers, how you intend to market your services, the sort of solution appropriate to the customers (e.g. static site vs database-driven, content-centered or commerce-centered), not to mention the quality of the product. A consultant might charge $15 an hour, or $150 an hour, it all depends.
4:47 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thank for the reply. I understand that there are many, many variables in making up pricing for web services. I was just seeing if anyone knew of any good resources for helping me find out a methodology to put it all together and come up with some fair pricing. Thanks.
5:14 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I dont know of any resources, the best thing to start with is to do a local search of all the web design companies around you - some will have their own price guidlines on their site, keep just under their prices (as you probably dont have a huge portfolio to show yet)and you shouldnt go far wrong.

With experience (of quoting) you will know if you are charging to much or not enough by the amount of jobs you will get

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Alright. Thanks for the help. Looks like I have a little hunting around to do. Thanks again.