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Now I've been offered a project to put together an ecommerce store. Nothing huge, I will probably do with OSCommerce or something similar.
The thing is that I work full time in a job and I know I can't be taking care of my side projects on my work hours. But at the same time I know that an ecommerce site will go through problems sometimes, and nobody chooses the time of the problems.
MY QUESTION IS:
How can I still get the project, put this site up, and still have a distance from the project, in a way that if there is a problem, someone else will have to take care of it, or the problem will have to wait until I live work, etc..?
Is it possible? I see this work as more of a web consulting. Do you guys have any advice in how I should handle that?
Thanks a lot for your help.
My advice to you is if you want to design the site, hand off the maintenance to a full-time person.
Since you are not available 'full time' I don't think I would go much higher than $60 though. But of course, this all depends on your specific area.
It is difficult to raise your rates later.
Painters get $15 - 30 an hour.
Plumbers get $40 - 60 an hour.
Electricians get $50 - 100 an hour.
What are your skills worth?
Charging $25/hr will only de-value you later. Make it $50 now, and just cut the time in half if you feel it is too high. The client may be poor, but that isn't your problem. Charge what you are worth.