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How might you handle this situation

Need insight on charging techniques...

     
3:25 am on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The first site I built quite a while back was done free of charge. It was done for practice, experience and with the possibility of adding components down the road (for a price).

This client has recently asked for my opinion on adding a telephone link to the site- not a big deal at all and don't mind doing it...but I don't want bad habits to become habitat. If I do minor work for free here, what happens the next time when he/she wants a slight modification?

There was no maintenance or anything like that- nothing had to be kept...Could you give me any hints on how to handle situations like these perhaps?

And thank you!

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Glitch;)
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I can understand that- of course, when you dig what you do perhaps some of it will rub off on the clients- make them stick with you possibly. If not, who cares if they need you less- you've been learning and progressing so you can move on as well. In your experience haven't you found it to be all relative? Or have all your clients parted ways with you after they used you to become a "star". For real? Interesting point.
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I didnt mean to say business is not entirely about money.
Of course you run a business to make money, but good business is ethical, friendly business. Sure, I could have a programmer or site development company charge me through the nose for a site, and I'd pay it. But they wouldn't get referrals, and they wouldn't get my business again.
My father ( rest his soul as soon as he dies ) always said:

"Don't be in business to make money. Be in business to be the best and the money will come on its own"

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"Don't be in business to make money. Be in business to be the best and the money will come on its own"

Yeah, I know what you mean. There is truth to that. If you're good at what you do and you dig it...that's going to have a positive impact on the way people view your company.

If your company consists of snots who care only about the money and less about their chosen field or developing a repoire with the client- then they probably will drop 'em after a while.

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Exactly.
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