How much do I charge?

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Alright, my site:
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has just gotten a special client, who needs a site redesigned.

There database, which I now have access too, is currently well organized and holding 1400 people.

They want us to manage the databaes, and keep it up and running monthly.

How much should I charge to upkeep it? What does a service like this cost?

It needs to be accurate so any questions you may have, post awyay.
Thanks.
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Sorry if this is rude, but I don't see why you must advertise your page twice in this post, I don't even see how it comes into play?
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i type quickly, and didnt realize i had it twice.

sorry.
any suggestions?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

i hate this discussion. :roll:

charge what you think you are worth, not what others say. If you think
you can charge 50/hr, go for it! I can't tell you what to charge, only you
know your orth in skill.
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My suggestion since this will be an ongoing maintenance, is to not do it by the hour. Figure out how long it will take you to do the work. I think the average hourly rate right now is in the neighborhood of $65/hour. SOme charge less, some charge more. But give them a flat price and maybe discount it a bit. Then set it up on a contract, for 6 months, a year -- whatever you and they can agree to. Then you have a guaranteed residual for such and such time. I do this for one of my clients. I was expecting an average of about 4 hours a month for his maintenance, so I would average out around $50 per hour. As it turns out on average I'm only getting about 2 hours worth of work out of it, so it's more like I'm getting $100 per hour.

The key thing is, don't cut yourself short on the initial price. If It's too high and the client won't agree to it, then you can negotiate. But if he accepts it your that much better off.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thanks for your help.

Would you consider 2 hours of work/month to be the average?

That sounds about right to me too.
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That I can't answer for you willstein. You said the DB is well organized but holds 1400 people. That's a lot to manage. You need information from your client to decide. ie, how many updates occur per month at what frequency. Maybe do the updates for one month so you can determine how much time it's going to take for you then offer a package/monthly rate. There's several ways you can go with it, but you need to make sure you evaluate your time investment before you offer a final price.
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thanks, although it might sound obvious for some people, i like to ask opinions.
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nice av will
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*gags*
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sorry if i sound annoyed, but I am.

the part that annoys me so bad with this question, is that you post and
parade like you have this web design company, yet you are asking us
for what you should charge???? :eek5:
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i'm sorry. didnt mean any harm.
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there's no harm, that's not what i mean at all. I'm just saying that it's
baffling to me how someone can portray this image of established
designer, and not know how to charge clients.

I see it so much, and it tweeks a nerve sometimes. Sorry for seeming like
I was mad or anything, I wasn't. 8)

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