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How do I estimate the cost of building an Android app?

The client is right. You can't raise the cost of a project halfway through; that is unethical. That's probably why clients go away. That is not business at all. Try find some cost estimation sites ...
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As a freelancer how do you quote/charge for a project?

First you need to establish whether you are estimating the project cost or providing a quote. They are different. An estimate is just that - based on the current scope defined, the amount you ...
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How to help a client understand that 16-hour effort doesn't mean deliver the next day?

So you told the client it would be 16 hours of effort to complete, and that you need 3 weeks to complete it... What the client hears is "I need 16 hours ... to complete". This comes down to the ...
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Should I charge the client for long meetings in person when he pays me on a per-project basis?

He says that he wants me and his design team to work together and our agreement was only for programming, not for design (he would provide the flow and images). This implies a change of project ...
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How much my Android app costs?

I'll start with an example of how I calculate the pricing for my freelancing projects which perhaps would give you an idea on how it's done, and then I'll add a few points of advice I learned along ...
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How do you negotiate your fee in equity?

It all boils down to one thing, do you believe in the project? Accepting equity is always a bet, because so many things can go wrong at every step of the startup way. The moment you accept, you are ...
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How quickly do you write project estimations (if busy with other tasks)?

I set aside a portion of each day for "business development." I also have some standard packages priced already so I can turn rough estimates around quickly. Having standard boilerplate you can ...
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How much would you charge for the css layout of a site like this

Let me start by saying that I'm not a web designer but a web developer, so I don't have that much experience building pretty frontends like these. With my limited knowledge, I take into account my ...
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Managing client expectations when estimated time is more than expected

While the answers provided effectively address the bulk of your question, I wanted to address your last statement: "I really don't want to lose this client since it looks like an excellent long term ...
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Marking up hardware costs

Customarily you do not charge interest. If you finance the purchase(s) that's on your shoulders, not the clients. In addition, you should be able to pay off any balance when you receive payment from ...
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How quickly do you write project estimations (if busy with other tasks)?

Estimates/quotes take top priority here. Any delay in returning a bid/quote can instantly result in losing the project. I have yet to find a day where I could not spend some time writing up an ...
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Underestimated project: Do you charge the excess time?

Well, if it was indeed clearly understood by the client that you provided an estimate, then yes, it's okay to open a discussion with the client about additional time. Ideally, you should do this as ...
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How do I charge for warranty if I have an hourly rate?

Estimate more, charge less in the end. The customer will thank you and think you're amazing! First off, why do you need to break it down so much? That to me is a sign of a customer not trusting you......
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How to quote and justify an eCommerce solution to a non-technical customer

1. Decide the quote based on the job, and amount of work-hour it would take. Even-though you are not working per hour basis. Things to remember : - You can start with a lower rates if you expect ...
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Charging for Project (Strategy) Research before signing a contract

I think the technical term for what you're doing is called a, "feasibility study." And it's not unusual to do this. Your expertise and analysis is valuable. The client should respect your approach ...
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How to estimate project costs - Mail (Postal) survey?

This is something I've done myself... First, make sure you've got "letter stuffing" as part of the costs. Some places are happy to print, but won't stuff envelopes. I managed around 4/minute at peak ...
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How do I estimate the cost of building an Android app?

Cost estimation is the most complicated part of any project so developer/entrepreneur should do a lot of research on requirement and other aspects related to cost and come up with some flexibility ...
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Reusing freelance code for future projects

I take a different view on this than a few of the current answers. If I spot a general solution that can be enhanced and modified to implement a custom feature for a client I'll create (or enhance) a ...
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As a freelancer how do you quote/charge for a project?

Both are commonly used and you have to agree with your customer how you will bill this project. You as a contractor have to consider the risk of the project and add a safety margin. The higher the ...
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How can I calculate the estimation cost of my developed software?

The first approach would be to search for topics here that deal with selling software. There are not so many of them. Summed up, here it is. Are you selling a licence, your coding service or full ...
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How quickly do you write project estimations (if busy with other tasks)?

This is tough because if you take too long, you may lose some projects to clients who think you have lost interest or that you will be slow to do actual work. But like you said, you have real work to ...
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Should I charge the client for long meetings in person when he pays me on a per-project basis?

What does your agreement say? I'd stick to that, and offer a new contract if he wants to renegotiate. How do deal with the company? Simple - either agree or don't. If you agree, you better be ...
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Managing client expectations when estimated time is more than expected

Here's the thing.... can you do the work in 2 weeks? If you can't then what possible benefit is there to trying to retain a client with such unrealistic expectations? Or in other words, if someone ...
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Struggling to come up with an estimation of the value of my work

I'm in the US.. so I think in US wage terms... £5/hr is roughly $7.30/hr US By law in the US, no one can be paid less than $7.25/hr. Most states actually set the minimum wage higher. For example in ...
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How to estimate as self-employed for gov't contract?

Taxes are a percentage of your income and that percentage varies based upon the amount of your income. There's no way anyone can tell you what you may owe without specific figures regarding your ...
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How to help a client understand that 16-hour effort doesn't mean deliver the next day?

I think it's fairly simple.. Sorry [client], It doesn't work that way. The 16 hours needed to complete your project must be scheduled and coordinated with other ongoing projects. I will need 3 ...
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Managing client expectations when estimated time is more than expected

As you have mentioned "After spending some hours doing an estimate" I guess you would have created a detailed task list and hours for each task for estimating the final duration. My suggestion would ...
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Managing client expectations when estimated time is more than expected

It seems you have two choices: 1) Accept an impossible deadline and thus disappoint the client 2) Risk pricing yourself out of getting the client This could be a case of right client, wrong time. ...
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Should I charge the client for long meetings in person when he pays me on a per-project basis?

Will this "supervised work" slow you down so that you're having to put more hours into the project than anticipated when you gave him the project price? Also, if this is design and your part of the ...
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A client asked me for a "Doordash" kind of app, I feel like I am making the whole business

Are you going out to stores and recruiting them? Are you investing your own money in servers, advertisement, brand design? If no, then you are not "making the whole business". That said, it's ...
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