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Questions tagged [estimation]

An estimation is a rough calculation of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something. For freelancing, this may relate to time estimation (how long a task will take to be completed) or cost estimation (how much to charge for completing a particular task).

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How to help a client understand that 16-hour effort doesn't mean deliver the next day?

I've recently quoted a client on a project for 16 hours of effort. I've told him that I can deliver the work in 3 weeks time. However, he took the 16 hours of effort literally and expected me to ...
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How to estimate as self-employed for gov't contract?

I am a new start-up, I am self-employed (working as an sole proprietor, LLC), for a government agency and they are wanting to give $X for my services of software. I need to figure out how much that ...
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Charging for Project (Strategy) Research before signing a contract

I was referred to a potential client who has a very vast project in his mind. The potential client is sensible enough to understand the some of the technicalities and they even split the whole concept ...
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How to get Started As Freelancer by providing e-services?

Me and my friends are starting a startup by providing e-services as taking projects from the clients all over the world....like app development, website development, digital marketing and many more. ...
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Marking up hardware costs

I am doing a small software job for a client (who I have worked with before and know fairly well). This particular job requires some additional hardware which from my preliminary research would be in ...
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Managing client expectations when estimated time is more than expected

I've received requirements for a project, from a possible new client. Thing is, he expects it all wouldn't take more than 2 weeks. After spending some hours doing an estimate, I know there's no way a ...
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Struggling to come up with an estimation of the value of my work

I am a 20 year old Computer Science student from the UK who has decided to do some freelance web development for a local company. A description of the system would be an online website and ...
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Should I charge the client for long meetings in person when he pays me on a per-project basis?

I'm developing a software for a client and the project had a delay of about a week. I warned the client about the delay (this happened because I made a course and he knew about it). But now he wants ...
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A client asked me for a “Doordash” kind of app, I feel like I am making the whole business

I had a client come in the other day and he presented his app idea. It is kind of a "Doordash" app where people choose a store, they buy things, and get notified of when they can pick it up. As you ...
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Underestimated project: Do you charge the excess time?

Are there times that you've given a quote to a client and underestimated it? And also took you 1.5 more than the hours you have estimated? If you are in the situation do bill the client of the time? ...
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What free software are you using for bookkeeping? Why? [closed]

As a freelancer, FreshBooks has traditionally been the 800-pound gorilla but waht other programs are people using the track jobs and revenue (assuming that you are small enough still that you aren't ...
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How do I charge for warranty if I have an hourly rate?

When I'm developing a website, the contract with my customer specifies that if I do something wrong, I'll fix it for free. That's the warranty for my work. However, nothing is really free. If I'm ...
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How much would you charge for the css layout of a site like this [closed]

I was asked for a price by a client to layout a PSD that is very similar to this template: http://the8guild.com/themes/html/kedavra/v2.1/2015/index.html The layout would be built from scratch. Of ...
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How quickly do you write project estimations (if busy with other tasks)?

Shall I treat project estimations as urgent as calls or chats on new projects? I take later as urgent unplanned events and talk to clients today or tomorrow. I never let them wait longer. However, ...
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New to billing and estimation of medium to large sized projects for NPO

I'm a 15 year veteran of web design and front end development, with a couple years of Rails experience under my belt. Currently I am focusing on forming my own development company, and have landed ...
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How much my Android app costs?

I'm working as an android developer in a company for full-time but I'm never worked as a freelance per project, and now someone wants to hire me to make an app, and I have to decide how much does it ...
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How do you negotiate your fee in equity?

I was contacted by a startup to build an iOS app for their prototype hardware product. I quoted my hourly rate, but they said they didn't have any funding yet and offered me equity. At this point I ...
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As a freelancer how do you quote/charge for a project?

I am currently estimating effort; therefore, I'm estimating the cost of a project for somebody who has asked "how much is it going to cost for X". After a discussion about functionality/scope I am ...
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How can I calculate the estimation cost of my developed software?

I have developed a Windows based application in Visual studio C# and MS access. The client is asking me the estimated cost of software. How can I calculate it, as I have never done it before? The ...
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How to quote and justify an eCommerce solution to a non-technical customer

I am a web freelancer with .NET experience, and I am about to give my first eCommerce solution quote to a new client. The client is looking to sell their product online with eBay, integrate with ...
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How do I estimate the cost of building an mobile app?

I know that there are other similar topics but I want to ask differently and I hope you answer differently too. I developed some apps and I have some experience. I created some apps as freelancer for ...
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How to handle pricing and design for logos on small scale web projects?

I often do small projects, complete web sites, in the $1500 - $2000 range for small business owners. Where I get stuck is in the pricing for designing logos (I can do it - I've got some skills, but I'...
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Pricing a Wireframe Project

I have been asked to subcontract a wireframing project. I do not bill by the hour. What is the best approach to arrive at a fixed fee for the project? Budget is unstated, but the timeframe for ...
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Reusing freelance code for future projects

What are the ethical limitations of reusing existing code for a future, different client's project? I'm mostly thinking about generic low level code, not proprietary features, algorithms or designs. ...
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Did I deal with a client squeezing extra work properly?

I estimated X hours. As I showed them the progress, they started adding more things to do that was outside what was expected or was not portrayed in the beginning. I asked for 50% of the original ...
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Cost Estimation for mobile app development

We have a project at hand where in we have to develop a mobile application that runs in both android and iOS. We are 3 people working on it. Client doesnt care what technology we use for development. ...
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How do I estimate the cost of building an Android app?

I am new to Android development. I have developed an app in Play Store and then I got approached by a client in Facebook to build a translation of a religious word as an app. He said he will give me $...
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Making a quotation for creating a website (design and development)?

My client is requesting a general quotation about the design and development of their site. What I need is the specifications that I should evaluate the quotation on, such as if I need to host the ...
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At what stage in negotiations do you ask for the budget? If at all?

Many clients want to build 1-million app for 1 thousand. So at some stage in the process you have to ask him about the budget he had in mind (if he does not mention it immediately). Now, how soon do ...
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How can I organize my payment procedures to assure that I'm getting paid without excessive pressure on the client?

Briefing: I recently decided to get serious about establishing my freelance web development business and one of my biggest issues thus far is with the payment procedures. In the past, I used to ...
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What to do when the client in proposal phase requests too much work? Should all our work during estimation be free?

We all had a situation when the client sends a paper with questions where you have to spend a couple of hours replying. Then he replies back with more question, and again you spend a couple of hours ...
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What are good resources for pricing calculators for web design work?

I am a freelancer and often am in need of a pricing calculator for website and web application development. I have used one in the past at DesignQuote, but didn't know if any better ones exist out ...
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Do you fix hourly estimation or accept your mistake and do for free?

The scenario is the usual one: You are asked to make a price estimation. You analyse all features at your best knowledge, experience and logic. You event count the buffer of 20%. You then start the ...
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What percentage do you count in price estimation to cover overtime?

When I am making a price estimation in some project, I try to predict the number of work hours based on my experience or my logic. Of course, many times you face features you did not implement before ...
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How do I answer the “How much will it cost” question when researching a development task that has unknown variables?

If I have a client who is asking me to solve an automation problem that involves integrating different software solutions, like a payment gateway and a form builder tool, for instance, and we don't ...