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#1 Stefany93

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:39 AM

Hello,

I received a project to create a custom blog with comments. How much do you think I should charge for it?

I was thinking something like 300$. Is it too much or too little?

I created like thousands of blogs so I can do that one quickly.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:07 AM

You have created thousands of blogs but are yet to work out how much to charge?

You really want us to put a price on your time?

How should we know what your time is worth to you? Only you can answer this question.

Personally, doing any kind of freelance stuff I won't bother for less than $120/hr. You however, I wouldn't have a clue.

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#3 Stefany93

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

^^ Yeah well thousands of blogs for myself I never sold of any them :D

Thank you for the help tho.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:57 AM

You have THOUSANDS of blogs for YOURSELF? 

Do you know what a blog is?
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#5 KevinM1

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:06 AM

It depends on several things. Like trq said, it depends on what you feel your work is worth. That should be an honest assessment based on your skill, how professional your end results are, how much time you tend to take, etc. But, you also need to have a general idea of the market price in your area for that kind of product. In my area of the world, a WordPress installation with a simple custom theme (just HTML and CSS) is about $500 American. But that's what the average cost is in the seacoast area of NH (emphasis on average). It's likely different in your part of the world.

Once you have figured out a good price, you need to make a business decision: do you just charge that? Do you charge less to undercut the competition in order to spur customer loyalty? Charge a bit more if you think it's a one-shot, no maintenance project?

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

^^ Thank you very much KevinM1, your post helped me a great deal.

There is a very little competition in the Bulgarian programmer freelance market since few Bulgarians know programming so guess I don't have to charge that much then just like you suggested.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

That is completely the opposite of how supply and demand works...
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#8 KevinM1

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:24 PM

Exactly. Little competition means you can charge more since you're offering a niche service. You need to charge more in order to make up for the lack of demand, especially if you can offer a premium service compared to your few competitors.

I understand that it can feel a bit... awkward charging a sizeable fee for what you consider to be easy/trivial. Just remember that not everyone can do what we do, and your charges also offset operational costs (domain registration, hosting costs, software costs (image editors, IDEs, office software, etc.), hardware costs, etc. If you're a freelancer, your charges also help offset any lulls in employment.

The point is not to gouge, but to not short change yourself. In this kind of business, the only one who has your best interests at heart is you. Never forget that.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:09 PM

^^ Thank you Kevin, very nicely explained, I got it now.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:16 AM

i also got a question. At my office i created an app for users to submit details store in db, display, edit, delete, show status of their submision. What do i charge fa it??

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:04 AM

ONE BILLION DOLLARS
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:34 AM

ONE BILLION DOLLARS


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:33 AM

ONE BILLION DOLLARS

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:44 AM

i also got a question. At my office i created an app for users to submit details store in db, display, edit, delete, show status of their submision. What do i charge fa it??


Sounds like about 15 minutes worth of coding. $1.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

Sounds like about 15 minutes worth of coding. $1.

You're charging $4/hour? Daaaaaaamn.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:16 PM

You're charging $4/hour? Daaaaaaamn.


No, but would you pay someone more than one dollar to write something which writes to and pulls simple information from a database?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:27 PM

No, but would you pay someone more than one dollar to write something which writes to and pulls simple information from a database?


Hey, if you can live off of that... go for it.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:03 PM

Anybody who actually does this sort of thing for a living (freelance or employee) knows there is a lot more to it than just sitting down and writing the code. 

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:12 PM

Anybody who actually does this sort of thing for a living (freelance or employee) knows there is a lot more to it than just sitting down and writing the code. 


I find that a good portion of any project is spent playing babysitter/psychiatrist for the client. Writing code is the trivial part.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:15 PM

I find that a good portion of any project is spent playing babysitter/psychiatrist for the client. Writing code is the trivial part.


Yup, same.  99% figuring out wtf they want, how much should be charged, timelines, misc project management, followup communications/billing, etc.. 1% actual sit down and code. 

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