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Determining design fee and maintenence fees for small businesses



5:42 am on Apr 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am looking into trying to market a service in the industry of my current profession where I will design and maintain a site for others in my same profession. Most of these companies will be very small maybe one or two employees if that. It is highly possible that they will be running everything by themselves. My point is that they are not going to have a lot of money to throw around at this. But I think it is something that would be valuable to them and as such would be worth something. My problem is what to charge. I have the initial setup and design of the site, communicating with them as to what exactly they are looking for and then making it all come together. Then, I want to maintain control of the site, and maintain/upgrade it for my customers. I have invisioned this to be more like a lease type operation more than me designing a site for them and handing it over. I am hoping that someone may have an idea as to what they think a reasonable amount for both the design fee and ongoing monthly maintenence fee would be. I do not want to do an hourly rate as the idea that I have would not work well with that (at least the way I am picturing it right now). Again, my market is generally going to be SMALL companies, so high (maybe typical) fees/costs are not going to be affordable to them. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!


11:47 am on Apr 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

There are different models out there, but here are three questions that can help in fixing prices:

(1) How much will it cost you to produce each site?
(2) How much revenue will each site generate for the client?
(3) How much could the clients buy a similar site for elsewhere?


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