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General Discussion

Adam Smallman
Adam Smallman
4,182 Points

How much do you charge for a basic website?

How much do you charge for a basic website that consists of lets say five pages a contact form and an image slider. This would include the design and development of the site?

2 Answers

Michael Collins
Michael Collins
433 Points

How much is it worth to you--besides the money?

Here's my philosophy, which I've been using for 15 years now. I want to do this full time. So, I lower my prices until I have full time work. There's nothing more valuable than referencable clients.

Low prices and quality service will broaden your client base.

Once you've got more than 40 hours a week, you slowly (don't surprise anyone) start to raise your prices. You keep raising your prices until you have about 40 hours a week.

Low prices will bring you more work and expand your client base. You need experience to be able to charge higher rates. So, make sure you get 40 hours per week of experience--even if you have to give it away.

Ultimately, you want people to say, "man, that guy is expensive, but he's worth it!".

As you gain experience, and referenceable clients, you will be able to charge more and still maintain 40 hours per week.

James Calby
James Calby
15,162 Points

Check out this Article By Neil Tortorella

It's a Great article. I think this will at least give you a starting point.

How to Calculate Hourly Freelance Rates for Web Design, Development Work