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What do web developers charge for site maintenance (not changes/updates)?

I'm a freelance web developer in the evenings and my framework of choice is Wordpress.org. Wordpress and its community plugins are updated frequently. Wordpress is also a highly targeted framework for ...
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What's the smallest unit of time I should charge for when clients request minor changes?

If a client needs a tiny amend making to their website (e.g. a phone number needs changing, a user profile needs to be updated in a way the site doesn't allow, etc.) I usually will not charge my ...
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How can I measure the credibility of a Freelancing website?

On reading the reviews of Freelancer.com on SiteJabber or the reviews of Elance on Mouthshut the freelancing websites do not look convincing enough. The reviews suggest that most of them are stealers ...
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What's a fair price to charge a client for backups that only I have?

I have a client whose forum was recently taken down due to an inordinate amount of spam. After I sifted through their entire database from the only working backup their hosting provider (Bluehost) ...
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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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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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How do open source projects come up with their sponsorship prices?

I have an open-source project that gets ~15K views and ~2K downloads per week. I just got an email from a company willing to be a sponsor for the project. The email says "What's your sponsoring price?"...
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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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Risks of giving friend-clients a discount: price discrimination?

It seems normal to charge friends, relatives, neighbours, etc. a lower price than people you don't know at all. However, wouldn't that be price discrimination, and isn't that a crime? I don't want to ...
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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 much cost can be charged for an hour in web development.?

I am a freelance web developer in India, charging between 250 and 300 rupees/hour for domestic clients. Now I have discussions ongoing regarding certain projects in the Middle East. How much can I ...
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How much time to spend on an initial quote as a part-time freelancer?

I am a web developer, just starting out as a freelancer. I have had a few people contact me through my website asking for a quote on how much a project will cost. In order to achieve a cost, I must ...
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By how much can you increase your rate if the work is urgent?

I have a small task that needs to be done and I projected to let the client pay 400 €. However, he now asked that the deadline should be set to next Saturday (in three days), and proposed to give 300 €...
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Dealing with a customer that was satisfied with your services but is mad about the price

SUMMARY: A customer is satisfied with the quality of services she received but realizes, after the fact, that other service providers charge less. Although there is a difference in the quality of ...
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Charging for meetings/conference calls with a client

I am recently hired as a freelancer for a software dev company, which will potentially lead to a FT position. Question: Should I bill for the hours spent consulting with the client facing portion? I.E....
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How to talk to a company as a prospective contractor vs. employee

Background: I am a software engineer. Throughout my career I have been a salaried employee. My brother's company has some imminent deadlines and they could use some extra help with things that I have ...
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How to raise the price for friends?

I am offering this service "B", nothing extraordinary, but apparently I'm quite good at it, and my close social environment knows this and regularly asks me for help. However, I am offering it for a ...
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Should I adjust my pricing based on my client's budget?

I know for a fact that my client doesn't have a large budget, and I'm afraid pricing myself based on what I think the service should be priced may put off the client. However, as this is just a side ...
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How do I balance the risk of pricing myself out of a job vs. not getting any work at all?

I'd like to get some experienced freelancers' thoughts on this... Recently I've found the amount of work coming in running very low, to the point where I've been having to consider taking at least a ...
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Should I charge my client for mistakes I make?

I'm starting out as a freelance designer (not long left university), thus I'm continuously learning new techniques and general business etiquette. I've had a couple projects for clients but I've ...
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When is a job too small for meetings?

As a graphic designer, not all of the jobs I take on are that big. A lot of the time it may just be a couple days work. But I find a lot of clients want to meet up to discuss the project in detail. I'...
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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 to charge for software design

I have a prospect with both an idea and an existing customer of theirs who want to pay for this idea to be implemented. The customer want to pay only when the implementation is complete. My prospect ...
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Is there a reason against not billing someone when asked for an invoice for work completed?

I do some work for a client. Recently they asked me to fix something on their site. It took me about 1-2 hours to locate the problem but the fix was pretty simple. They sent me an email asking me to ...
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How to land a client who contacted me directly?

I got an email that basically said: “Hey, person X told me that you designed her website. I'm starting up a company, how much would you charge me for something similar to that site?” This is the ...
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What's a fair price? and how to point that out?

I'm a freelancer, but I don't actually get very involved with programming or application development myself. I thought this would be an interesting question to put across to you as many of you are ...
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Selling Java library - which pricing model to choose?

I have built a Java library, which I am planning to sell. It will be used as a project's dependency and most users would use it with their build tools such as Maven, Gradle, etc. I wanted to know if ...
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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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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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What's the value of exclusiveness?

I am negotiating a contract where the customer wants an exclusiveness option. The project is about development of software and exclusiveness means that I am not allowed to resell it to third parties ...
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What are some techniques to get past Human Resources to talk to the person that needs help

First of all, if my approach to this is a waste of time (mine or the client's) or unethical, let me know because that's more important to me. I'm a programmer with management, product management, and ...
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Should I charge for an Android app by charging for access to a companion website or should I just charge for the app itself?

I have a website for high school and college wrestling. It stores data for the users and they can generate reports, see statistics, etc. It's been running for 4 seasons now and I have around 350 ...
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What I should be quoting for as a web designer / developer

As a webdesigner / webdeveloper, what is it that I can quote for? It wasn't a long time ago, when I started work for a new agency, that they asked me to add an additional $500 for a project ...
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What factors should I consider when pricing commercial use licenses for digital products that aren't software?

Most of the licensing questions I see on here are about software-type products. I'm asking about products such as pre-made templates, worksheets, planners, and illustrations. In other words, creative ...
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What exchange rate to use when invoicing customers abroad?

I am invoicing my work hours and travel expenses to customers in USD. My invoices have a part about worked hours using an hourly rate in USD, however my travel expenses can be in any other currencies ...
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What is a good way to determine pricing for a maintenance contract?

Over the last few months I have developed and put into production a software system for a client. Development was paid by the hour. Now the system is more or less finished, and the client wants to ...
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If I need to use more expensive software for one service offering than another, is there a standard way to build this into my rates? [duplicate]

I'm a freelance user experience (UX) designer, and I'm about to productize one of my service offerings. The service is a usability evaluation of clients' websites. It is designed with two kinds of ...
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What to charge for Freelance Project for fiance's company

I recently started a project for my fiance, who told his company about it and wants to pay me for it (great). However, they want me to give them a cost, but have expressed they don't want to pay an ...
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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 can some freelancers work for very cheap rates?

I have seen many freelancers work for cheap rates. I understand if a novice or new freelancer works for cheaper rates. But many of them who are well experienced are doing work for a cheap rate. That ...
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Should a string musician pay to play at a high-end Bridal Show?

My wife, a violinist, used to play weddings where we used to live. She was plugged into the local network, and would sometimes be at bridal shows, paying their nominal charges to local vendors, ...
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Is there a pattern we can use to increase our price along with experience?

We all increase our hourly price based on our experience. Is there some pattern we can use when deciding how much we will increase hourly price? For example, we start with $20 per hour as a total ...
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Changing the estimate as a freelancer

I have a repeat client who recently sent me a brief for a project, reading for the first time it sounded simple and as I am new to this, I rushed and provided an estimate. After writing down a list ...
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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 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 to set price when the app will be distributed to 100+ user machines?

So far, I have coded multi-user applications either used by client's company staff or by clients selling them via some web application shops. Now, for the first time I was hired by middle man who ...
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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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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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Who should pay for iOS Developer Program?

I'm a freelancer and I recently got an iOS development job. This is the first time I've developed an iOS app, and I remembered that Apple charges $99 a year for publishing for the App Store. Now, ...