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The company wants me to design the site and give them the .PSD files(index and interior page) to splice up.
How much should I charge for this?
Take that number in your head and add 50% to it.
I've found over the years that most new contractors far undervalue themselves. Also don't forget there is a certain level of value perception - if you bid too low the client can thin that either you're not very good or that you're desperate for work. Neither of those situations will do you any good.
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Programming will cost more than graphics, etc.
I always try to get a rough hourly on paper and then put an hourly rate to it. I then look at the number and then I see how much possibility for over run there is on the project and see if I can live with same amount if it goes long. I usually do as oilman suggests and add a percentage on top.
I agree with macguru and then go up from there based on your experience
(edited by: jatar_k at 12:38 am (utc) on April 4, 2002)
Do some research. What are your skills, and how do they match up with other small or large companies. I do A LOT of backdoor marketing he he... It's fun acting like a customer, but the information gathering is great! Ask other developers the same request your client is asking... Fast way to sort out how much to charge.
How much do you charge for on going business.. or to keep your business running? Are you doing this for a living or part time?
If you are doing this work for a living. Then you want to figure out what your monthly income needs are to survive. Medical, Auto, Loans, Utilities, blah blah.. Most forgot item is - play money, and money left over to build a savings for your company. What will be your work load?
After you have all your numbers down - there in the bottom line - you will see what you should be earning.
I will give this though. If you are good and produce quality work - charge what your worth. Many companies that come to look to get online have already planned for the investment and usually come to play! If your clients are personal websites - ummm you know the rest of the story.
What you are doing is running a business. Like every business you need a plan of attack. You also need to survive to keep your attack full on. Selling yourself short is a loss of money.
BEST OF ALL!
If you don't know how to do your research, build a business plan, or set up your accounting. I suggest signing up for a small business class at your Community College. You may also call your local chamber of commerce and and they will be able to put you in touch with some workshops or classes to get you rolling. Chamber of Commerce is also a great tool to drive clients to your business, and NETWORKING ;)
Best of luck and hope I was some help.
We might pay up to £350/day for programming/database work, because we can charge the client more for that, and hence maintain our margin
I'd echo what oilman said, new contractors undercharge. If you charge more you create the impression of competence, and competition for your time. That gives idiot MD/CEOs confidence that you do know what you are doing
Always remember when your trying to figure out the total number of hours, especially for your first few projects to take the number of hours you come up with and add about 10-20 hours onto it. You will find that adding those hours actually saved you from having to tell your buyer that he needs to give you more money. I'm pretty sure every 1 under-bidded their hours when they first started doing this kind of work, at least, I know I did ;)