It depends on the project. I generally charge $50/hr and bill on a two week
Customers invariably want estimates, and I provide them, then warn when the
requests for "extra functionality" start eating up the estimate. Generally
they spring for the extra $$.
Worst customers? The ones who don't know what they want, or give the
vaguest direction, and then you iterate from there. Those bills are usually
astronomical, in the sense that what they ended up with could have been
reached with a little more work and commitment at their end.
Regards - Miles Thompson
At 10:24 PM 3/21/2002 -0800, Robin Chen wrote:
>We calculate the charge by $75-$150 per hour depending on complexity of the
>project, then quote customer the final price. On small projects, < $5000, its
>usually half before project, and half after project. For project > $5000,
>it's usually 30% up front, 30% when we have major features completed, 30% when
>delivered, last 10% when finalized. On even large projects $15k+, we usually
>go by phases.
> > Hello everyone,
> > I'm in the process of revising my db development prices, and was wondering
> > what the best practices were. I want to keep my prices low, but I often
> > feel like I'm not charging close to what I should be charging.
> > 1) What is the going rate for Database Development (MySQL+PHP
> > or any other combo)?
> > 2) What (or how) do you charge for MySQL+PHP database applications?
> > 3) What do you factor into your pricing?
> > We currently package our prices by the project. Example, we
> > would charge one flat fee for an online database application.
> > This would include everything from start to finish. Sometimes
> > this works out, but other times it gets painful and tedious. I often feel
> > like I'm not charging as much as I should be.
> > 4) What is the best practice for db development pricing?
> > Flat fee or hourly based? Do you charge based on the number of hours spent
> > (anticipated) or by the project complexity and/or size?
> > 5) Do you charge in stages or upon completion? For example, do you charge
> > after the planning phase, development phase, etc. Or, after the project
> > is complete?
> > I'm especially interested in hearing from the West Coast (USA) developers.
> > Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
> > Thanks.
> > -john
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