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How much do you charge for maintenance of a website?

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4:28 pm on Mar 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi All, I have been maintaining a non-profit's website for the past 2 years as their paid webmaster. I only do major updates 3 months a year so I only ask for $300 a year.

By being their webmaster I have possibly picked up 2 other jobs. One creating a site from the ground up and another fixing the problems that a previous "webmater" screwed up.

If I pick up both of these jobs I will be maitaining their sites all year and don't really know what to charge. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should be charging for monthly maitenance?


7:44 pm on Mar 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator httpwebwitch is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

welcome to WebmasterWorld!

You'll need some notion of how much time you'll be spending per month on this maintenance. Guess. Multiply that guess by what you think you're worth as an hourly wage, then double it.

Non-profits come in all sizes - some are charities with $0 budget subsisting on donations and volunteers. Others have enormous capitol assets and budgets the size of a small nation. If you're charging $300 per year, I assume this non-profit is of the former type, not the latter.

$300 per year barely covers the cost of maintaining your equipment, the electricity to run it, the internet connection, the chair you're sitting in, and the insurance that covers the edifice it's in.

If you undervalue your work, you bet others will too


6:10 pm on Mar 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

If you enjoy it and want to grow it then I'd suggest around 65% of standard rates. A lot depends on what you need and what they can stand.

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