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What's a fair price to charge a client for backups that only I have?

Careful. What you're proposing (charging some amount extra simply because you're the only person who possesses a backup) sounds quite close to extortion. Bear in mind that the data that you have ...
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What do web developers charge for site maintenance (not changes/updates)?

Okay, after reading all the answers and comments here, I would like to add a few additional points to my answer. First off, as freelancers we normally trade our time for money. So it seems natural to ...
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How to raise the price for friends?

Simple, explain that it is costing you more in { time | resources | parts | tools } to continue operating the way you have been. Inflation happens, period. What I did for my pricing model is that my ...
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Client's budget is higher than expected

There are those who believe that it is ethical to sell at what ever the client is willing to pay. Others see no such need and will look to give the client a good deal. You can give a good deal to the ...
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Starting out, how much to charge for development, hosting and maintenance?

You're pricing yourself into the ground. @ChrisForrence has great points and I'll add a few more... You will NEVER and I repeat NEVER profit from charging $350 for a site. Let's break this down from ...
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Quotation not favorable (against me) to write software features

When a client asks you for fixed-price, in essence the client is asking you to absorb the risk. Unless your specs are done in mind boggling detail, the client is going to assume that anything caused ...
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How to raise the price for friends?

You've got it backwards. The market hasn't evolved. These people are coming to you because you are cheap -- maybe you're actually undercutting what you could be actually making because you're too ...
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Should I adjust my pricing based on my client's budget?

Instead of lowering your rates, offer the potential client a reduced feature set or smaller scope of work for the the amount of money he can afford. Tell the client "I charge $X for A, but I can do B ...
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Dealing with a customer that was satisfied with your services but is mad about the price

Neoflash, If a customer's #1 motivation is to get a service done as cheaply as possible, then you can't fix that whether you are at the pre-service stage, performing the service, or done with it. ...
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What's a fair price to charge a client for backups that only I have?

The data does not belong to you, and demanding money for release of the data as such may (ignoring the moral issue) easily be qualified as extortion, with all kinds of civil and criminal ...
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Starting out, how much to charge for development, hosting and maintenance?

Your friend has good reasoning. Here's a few reasons why charging more will be better for you: Slow periods: One reason to charge more is to be able to live off of past earnings. If you have four ...
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Dealing with a customer that was satisfied with your services but is mad about the price

Personal opinion... don't engage too much. If the relationship is damaged, then it's damaged. Get paid and move on. Too much discussion will only inflame issues. In addition, any reduction not cited ...
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Quotation not favorable (against me) to write software features

Go hourly whenever you can. It will solve all these issues. Then clients do want fixed-price projects and in such cases do a few things: Add MAX number of changes you will undertake for free in ...
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How to land a client who contacted me directly?

The person requesting your services asked this: 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? ...
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Should I adjust my pricing based on my client's budget?

I have been doing the web design and development business for the last 8 years and One of my biggest learning & mistake is, reducing the cost to get projects. You should never & never do that....
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How much do I charge?

First off, charge by the hour. Without knowing a great many details about your expectations for payment, level of skill, customer expectations, graphics, whatever, it's impossible to come up with an ...
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Is there a reason against not billing someone when asked for an invoice for work completed?

Well this is really opinion-based. But there are some aspects to be aware of. Some clients will see your failure to invoice as an "ok" to send you more changes then act shocked when you want to be ...
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Charging for meetings/conference calls with a client

Traditionally as a freelancer it is your time and skill that is hired. So yes you bill for conference/meeting times. It is customary to build in a few hours for discussion with every bid. Some ...
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How to get Fiverr jobs at the beginning

As a beginner, try to keep your prices low, but not so low that it gives off an image of low quality. Add all the keywords that are relevant to your services. Also, along with keeping your images and ...
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Quotation not favorable (against me) to write software features

As Entrepreneur I cannot see the value to pay per hour. It is exactly the opposite metric - I am interested in the work done with minimum hours spent. And freelancer paid by hours is incentivised ...
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How do open source projects come up with their sponsorship prices?

It's hard to say exactly, but here is what I'd do if it's a SaaS app. Try to determine their customer lifetime value. That is, how much is each customer worth from day one to cancellation. Then apply ...
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How do open source projects come up with their sponsorship prices?

Creating a price based on your hourly rate is certainly a valid one and the one that most groups that maintain open-source projects take. However, instead of asking them how many hours they'd like to ...
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When is a job too small for meetings?

I like this question: I struggled with the exact same thing with meetings in general. Clients one hour away asking me to join in on a meeting. I usually ended up spending an afternoon with 2 hours ...
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Quoting a project with an open budget

Here are the factors I use when determining a fixed price for clients: My estimated time to complete the work My confidence level in that estimate (is it similar to work I've done before? Then I ...
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How much can a specialized software engineer really make as a consultant/independent contractor?

Only answer you can get to this question is it depends what you can offer and how much this is worth to someone: There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. ...
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How much do I charge to build a web app?

This really tells us nothing about what the application will actually do or its complexity. AND we're not here to do that for you anyway. You can go about this two ways: 1) Pick an hourly rate that ...
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How much do I charge to build a web app?

Pricing is notoriously difficult as it depends on several factors: Your own desired hourly rate What the client typically pays The perceived value to the client Whether the project is similar to ...
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How do I balance the risk of pricing myself out of a job vs. not getting any work at all?

You'd be better off trying to pick up some work through recruiters than ridiculously lowering your rate. The longer you stay in projects where the client doesn't value your work, the more annoyed you'...
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