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How Much Should I Charge

for something like this....

8:03 pm on Jan 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A while back, I put together a simple site for a friend of mine. There wasn't really a master plan and I didn't keep track of time. He paid whatever he could afford and I was just fine with that. But I just got an email from someone who saw the site and wants one just like it. Since I'm ready to give Mark's site a makeover, the similarities won't matter much.

But, since I didn't have an initial price and am not a professional, I don't know how much to charge for a similar site.

I don't think I'm allowed to post the URL here, but basically it involves photo and graphic manipulation, a guestbook with custom template, photo gallery with custom template, preparation of audio samples (it's for a musician), bio, tour dates, gear list, discography, downloads page, links page, and a few other basic html pages. Nothing fancy, just the basics.

This isn't my main income (obviously) but I could really use any extra money right now to keep the electricity and heat from getting cut off!

Thanks in advance.

6:46 am on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I would say at least $1500.
9:19 am on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How long will it take to do?

I think $100 per hour is a fair rate for those that are just starting out. So estimate the time and multiply accordingly to get the final price :)

9:31 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Break each page down for your client and negotiate the hourly:

Total project cost = # of pages * time for each page * $X/hour

Be honest with yourself here.

If you are inexperienced, asking for $100/hour isn't going to win your client over. The client always gets the final say and you can take it or leave it.

Have you done lots of quality work before? Have a portfolio to prove it? Then $50/hour is fair.

No experience? Nothing to show except for one website? $35/hour is fair. But you better be prepared to back it up.

4:47 pm on Feb 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You should judge asking few question to yourself like what is ongoing rate and what percentage you want to make profit, how many hours it is going to take? You should also be able to make a good guess at what the client is willing to pay as well.
4:22 am on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If he'll pay you a $100 an hour, I'll do it for $75!

Seriously, I don't think this is a per hour situation IMO. Figure per hour out, but then give him a total price based on $30, $40 (I think $50 per hour is a lot for a non pro designer) or whatever an hour.

It's not right if you get hung up on something during the work and the meter is running. He may want a few things you are not comfortable or experienced doing. Just my .02