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When is it ok to ask a client for more money?

I am pretty good at estimating my time on a project. For this question, let's say it is for a simple WordPress website with a custom theme development. I have quoted and set my contract with my ...
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Fixed price or per hour for a web developer?

I am a starting freelancer in the webdevelopment sector. I focus on both personal or one-man business full websites and websites for advanced users for which I write plugins or add features (but don't ...
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Which is the most honest or ethical way to bill, hourly or fixed price?

I ran into an interesting discussion below this question regarding ethics in billing. Where I think hourly billing is the most transparent way to bill, the other side has written, extensively I ...
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What should I look at to determine whether or not I should charge by the hour or by fixed price?

Many freelancers charge their clients by the hour, and many others charge their clients a fixed price for the project. I've worked on a few contract projects on the side and have only charged a ...
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Quotation not favorable (against me) to write software features

Customers always want a quotation of the amount of time it will take to write a certain feature (printing a new report, adding a new form, importing/exporting data, etc). Suppose I estimated the ...
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How to determine what to charge for building custom Android applications?

How do I determine how much to charge for building Android applications? In other words, how do I tell the client how much money I want? The client is asking me to tell how much time it will take ...
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Starting out, how much to charge for development, hosting and maintenance?

I live in New York City, and am hoping to go around and sell my service as a contract job. I'll be making static websites with good design and a contact form for clients, but I won't add advanced ...
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How to estimate project costs - Mail (Postal) survey?

A brief background on myself: I am a database developer that does freelance work for multiple companies. I generally manage data for these companies for large projects -- primarily surveys in mining ...
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Complicated situation with client and a never ending project

When I talked with the client for the first time, we didn't set well stablished limits for the project. The project is a mobile app. The agreement was that I was going to copy a Web App he was ...
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Client willing to pay more…but I am refusing

I have a situation which is generally opposite case in most projects. I am working on a client project, which I estimated would complete in 2 months max. But even after 5-6 months, the project is ...
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How to deal with a client who calls a lot?

I have that client who prefers to call me to check for status updates for his project even if I'm giving him access my project management tool. We use slack for communication. It bothers me so much ...
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Quoting a project with an open budget

I have a client who wants me to enhance/rewrite a plugin's code. She's asked what my price would be for completing the work, but she didn't give me a budget. However, I've never had to come up with a ...
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Being asked to sign a NDA for a very short-term project with tiny scope, should I?

I'm sure my case is quite generic, and details are: I got a project lead on Upwork (formerly oDesk). Fixed budget. The project is as simple as ≤4 hours of work, plus ≤2 hours communications. The ...
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How much can a specialized software engineer really make as a consultant/independent contractor?

I see developers regularly charge $100-200/hr but as I've been researching personal branding, contractor strategy, and best practices, I've come across several alarming figures. In one YouTube video I ...
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How should one convince the client to switch from hourly pay to fixed cost?

I often see great requests for proposals which are provided with preferred hourly rate range. Sometimes the hourly rate itself isn't comfortable for me (honestly, far too low), despite the project is ...
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How to determine pricing for bug-support only contract?

I'm a web developer (Ruby on Rails) and I got an inquiry about the bug-support contract for a limited time (2 months). I'm very well familiar with the project so doing the actual work is not a problem ...
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How to determine pricing for Freelance Web Hosting For VERY Large Corporation

I'm a creative freelance who has been scoring bigger and bigger clients. My invoices have significantly jumped and business is getting good. I have a VERY large corporation who wants me to host a ...
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Should I charge extra to a client who was very slow in responding?

It was my first job with a new client. The job was short (2 days only) but because the client was very slow in responding to E-Mails, it took nearly a month to finish it. The client took time ranging ...
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Applying value pricing to consulting services for NGO

How would you apply the value pricing model to an NGO or non-profit? In other words, how would you calculate the value of services based on expected impact on revenue and/or cost, risk, and ...
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A specific case of not knowing how much I'm worth? [closed]

I'm a web developer. I'm 19 years old. I've been working for a year as a contractor doing full-stack development for...$12. Yes. $12 an hour. I decided to take my destiny into my own hands and start a ...
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Site hosting and charging a customer [duplicate]

I'm not planning on doing freelance work full time but I have done a few sites for some small businesses and I now have small business owners asking me to do work for them. All of my work has been ...
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How to determine what to charge for a first time student applying to be a gamification consultant?

I went to a gamification conference in December. I met someone in HR from HCL. He gave his card and asked me to email him. I think he is offering me a job. His designation is "senior director talent ...
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Quote for a full week of sprint/workshop - How to price this?

I am looking for advice on how to price work on a week-long intensive workshops. I have done 2-3 days sessions before but that was usually basically a set of meetings in some corporate 9-5 office, ...
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Fixed price development days contract

I have a customer who is interested in pre purchasing development days from me. For instance 120 days over the space of a year for a fixed price. These days will cover numerous projects over the given ...
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How should I write a professional response for more money?

I have a client who agreed on a fixed quote with me. Unfortunately, it didn't work well because: He wanted me to wait a year for him He added new items to the project He was planning the 2017, 2018 .....
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Can't satisfy client's need in fixed-bid project

I have been hired as a freelancer to build a video splitting utility that's supposed to split video clips at certain points as indicated by the user. I am using ffmpeg as a library and it produces ...
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What is a good way to handle correction loops and clients which delay or deny project acceptance in fixed-price projects?

As I have been into business for a long time now I know that this is one of a real freelance nightmare (maybe also for companies, but especially for freelancers). It can be even worse in case that ...
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Should I discuss price of underestimated fixed price job?

I work as a full-time programmer and about half year ago. I also started to work on freelance; so I have pretty much experience as a programmer, but I feel that I lack some organisational skills ...
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How to set a project completion deadline for a project that already got extended out?

I was hired to update a website for a client, based on a designated list of tasks. The client paid fully upfront, and we set a rough "loose" project completion estimate at 3 months. It was a fixed-fee ...
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What are the essential parts I need to include in a fixed price contract for services?

I'm in the process of switching from charging by the hour over to fixed price contracts. I only charge for labour, not any materials. In creating a contract for a fixed price what terms do I need to ...
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Evaluation Task to find good development company

I hire an Indian company to develop a website for classified ads but it takes so long time and not finish yet. Therefore I decide to find a new company to do this work but I don't want to face the ...
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Agreeing a cost before sending a proposal + contract

Is it acceptable to agree a quote first before going to the effort of typing up a proposal and sending a contract? I often find myself typing up a proposal only to end up losing out on the work to a ...
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How much should I pay for a simple android app [closed]

I want my own quiz application on android, with just about 50 multiple choice questions. How much should I pay to the developer?
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Installing complex software at customer site

To ship a project you always need to install something on customer's PC/server. There are 2 options: make it yourself or write an instruction for them. It's not that important if the setup is small. ...
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Payment to recruitment consultant for referring a consultant?

I have been working with a recruitment consultant (by this term I mean a person / firm which focuses on referring a candidate for an opening within a company). Until now, this had been for full-time ...