>I'd also be interested in what people are charging as I'm thinking of
>setting up as a contractor myself and it would be nice to have a 'ball park'
>figure of what the going rate is ...
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Feel free to post your responses to the list. I'm curious about it too.

On the ASP/VBScript side, rates can run anywhere from $40 to $125 per hour. Heck of a
ballpark, true, but I guess it's better than nothing. I'm curious if PHP/MySQL rates 
in the same "ballpark". Quite frankly (IMHO), it boils down to your portfolio, your
professionalism and your negotiation skills.

Per page vs per job:
I find that when taking on a job, usually the client doesn't truly understand the 
and therefore doesn't exactly know what s/he wants. I'm usually better off getting 
paid by
the hour since the project grows when the client realizes what can be done. This can 
be a
turnoff for some clients because there's no upper limit to the cost in sight, but by
listening to the client, I can get an idea of how many hours it'll take and give them 
comfort that way. The last thing you want to do is bid a fixed cost for the project and
then have "scope creep" break you. You can try to keep scope creep under control by
getting the client to commit (in writing) to your proposal (and revised proposals), 
but my
experience is that there's always scope creep and/or enhancements that the client wants
(or that the project demands).

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difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.

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