how much to charge for a webpage?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by dvince2, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. dvince2 macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2007
    I hope this is in the right forum...
    I've been hired to update the webpage for a local fine chocolate company. They want to both update the look of their site, as well as give visiters the option of purchasing products directly from their page (I'm thinking pay pal).

    My question is, how much should I charge for this? I'm not some sort of professional designer... but i know my way around making webpages. any suggestions?

    (This is a mom and pop chocolate shop, not like.. cadbury.)

  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I've done stuff on this order of magnitude before for around $500 or so. It's going to depend on how much of an investment of your time you think it will take.

    It will go a long way if you clearly outline what the client will and will not get for the price you charge. One phrase you hope you never hear is "while you're at it..."
  3. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    I always hear that. At every piece of work... :eek:
  4. design-is macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
    For the 'while you're at its...' just make sure you reply "Not a problem, I can add that functionality for approximately £/$xxx.xx and it should be ready in about xx days / weeks. I'll add it to the agreement and send a copy over for you to sign off the amends."
  5. MagicWok macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2006
    It'll help you, and them, if you also draw up a quick contract that you can both sign for it.

    Stuff like how much post-launch support will be included in by yourself also if applies. How many re-designs you'll feel comfortable with, and what your sevices entail. For instance if you agree that the site will be CSS+HTML, but they decide they want flash or a cms for example, that it will cost more with an agreed or specified fee etc.

    Let them know it's not to scare them, or to get more money out of them. It's so you're both clear about what's going to happen and to avoid any issues in the future. In the, you're just being professional, and they should appreciate that if they're decent clients.
  6. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Define an hourly rate for yourself.

    This will aid you greatly as you estimate the time each project will take. Even if you quote a project at a fixed price, that hourly rate comes into effect when the "while your at it" line comes in. In this way, "while you are at it" is a GOOD phrase to hear.

    Hourly rates are personal things. Hourly rates also vary by location. But, you need to define a rate that fairly compensates you for your time.
  7. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    hourly rate X how many hours you expect it will take X chocolate bars = how much it will cost.

    Pricing a project really depends on how much time and effort it will take to produce the final product, you have to find a nice balance between charging what it's worth and not undercutting yourself.

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