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    Question how much to charge my client?

    i am a small startup web deisgn company.
    how much should i be charging my customers for various services?
    logo design
    basic html website
    php/mysql website
    e-commerce site
    no. of updates/month terms?
    flash website?
    and should i charge them annually if am maintaining their sites "forever", and the charges be constant every year?
    I own licensed Adobe CS3 and all other legal s/ware!

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    That's entirely up to you to decide.

    Situations vary. Your websites will have features particular to yourself, your designs will have a style particular to yourself. And each customer will have different needs and different budgets and different non-financial benefits too (Maybe the relationship can lead to repeat work. Maybe they can hook you up with free tin-foil. Who knows ?).

    So it's up to you to decide how much you value tin-foil, or how much you value repeat work. How much you value the relationship. How much you value the time you'll have to put in... HOW MUCH time will you have to put in. I can't speak for you on any of those things; you know yourself better than I do.

    As a starting point, you can start looking at concrete things; how much is the electricity for the week going to cost, or the DVD's I'll have to burn, or the transport to get to and from their office three times a week (if that customer will need you three times a week). Add those up and make sure whatever you charge isn't less than what you predict you'll spend to produce your work.

    But after that, it's all on you. Figure out your talent, take on a client or two, and refine your costing from there. From the experience and from their levels of satisfaction (or not...) you'll slowly become better able to judge.

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    thanks shaun...
    those were some wise and worthy words i'll keep in mind always as a beginner..and forward.
    now am as blank as do i charge 10 dollars for a html only website or 1000 dollars?
    i can consider my resources and all of that, but that can be quantified over time...
    but my big problem is how much to start with!!!...
    is there a number guide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vij490
    those were some wise and worthy words i'll keep in mind always as a beginner..and forward.
    Laying it on a little thick, eh ?

    is there a number guide?
    Life doesn't come with number guides.

    But come on... You MUST know if you'd like to make $10 vs. $1000 on something. If you think you can get away with charging $1000, go for it !

    If they say no, well, lesson learnt.

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    If they say no, well, lesson learnt.
    But if you're asking me if they'll say no to you or not; I can't answer that.

    I'm not them and I'm not you.


    But I can tell you, don't be afraid of a 'No.' If you are, then you're doing the wrong thing with your life.

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    Our success pattern for the past 14 years has been to differentiate between "design" and "billable time."

    So, we have a flat rate design fee based on what "design" actually means (pick your number) and then suggest a 10-hour or 20-hour block to build out pages of a site for what we call Phase I. For example, the difference between a 2 page website and a 2,000 page website is really only time after you get past the design.

    You just need to calculate how long it would take you to do "design" for an average site versus building out content pages (2 versus 2,000) and quote each.

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    thank you friends!
    @shaun...i really meant that when i said i'll keep in mind..am a newbie and was my least intention to sound sarc!

    once again, thank you both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vij490
    @shaun...i really meant that when i said i'll keep in mind..am a newbie and was my least intention to sound sarc!
    For me, a simple thank you is enough. I get uncomfortable when people try to do anything more than that for me... I'm just weird that way.

    So. You've thanked me already. Don't apologise. And you're welcome!

    Good luck

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    visit the Business & Legal forum and do a search there... the pricing question is asked periodically so you can find quite a few answers although you will find the most of the answers agree on the main points.

    A few articles: http://www.sitepoint.com/article/web...should-charge/
    sticky thread: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=389195
    Another interesting threads: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=618365
    http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=552170

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    hooray for Shaun

    I agree with molona, sitepoint has a lot of resources that you can read and use it as your guide. I recommend reading the WebPro Business Blog http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/categ...-pro-business/
    sig space open...

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    Off Topic:

    I removed your double post, Dev. That's the advantage of being an advisor... I delete your posts.... muaaahahahahaha

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    10 dollars an hour is too cheap if you know what you're doing. The only reason to charge that low is if you are creating sites in Front Page, and that should be a crime!

    I think you might start semi-low, and when you do a lot of different jobs you'll realize what to charge that is fair to you and your clients.

    You have to also consider when you get a service from the Dentist or Doctor, they charge an arm and a leg. Not just because they have a nice office, but their education - they know what they are doing. If you know what you are doing and have the knowledge to execute it you should not be afraid of charging more.

    I wouldn't ever barter, and don't be a pushover with money, your time cannot be replaced!

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    BEST OF LUCK for your new company.

    Very difficult to answer such questions.

    A designer charge "X" amount for a service. And another designer charge X/10 for the Same Service. The important thing is that, how you convince for your services. Once the client satisfy with the service, He will pay good.

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    How we could advice you,that how much you will charge.


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