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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.
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.
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