[thelist] A Beginner Freelance Question

Suzanne M. Harker smh at visioni.com
Tue Jul 20 08:24:03 CDT 2004

You might consider a 'retainer', especially, given that this is a legal

What I usually do is price the redesign and the monthly updates; divide by
12 for a monthly retainer amount; include a fee adjustment clause if the 12
month agreement is not honored to recoup the redesign and the monthly
changes already done; write an agreement to state this for their signature;
and then send the invoice the end of each month for the coming months
retainer to be paid to me on the first week of the month.  This does seem to
work as many companies and organizations do not like to pay the up-front
investment involved with initiating or redesigning websites. Also, your
benefit is that you have a defined monthly income from this project and the
stronger possibility that you will retain the project into the following
year and beyond.  Does this help?

Question: Also, may I ask if anyone knows of anyone who is looking for help
with websites, .html coding, e-editing, and/or a webmaster?


Suzanne M. Harker
smh at visioni.com

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Subject: [thelist] A Beginner Freelance Question

> Hello all,
> I have seen people torn limb from limb for asking questions about how much
> to charge for freelance jobs, etcetera here before, but I just wanted to
> ask one thing -- I am being asked for an estimate in regards to
> a website for a possible customer (pending if they like my price quote).
> Now, I have had paid jobs before but not at the level of professionalism I
> am doing now, they were basic sites for colleagues and such. Now before
> everyone hops in for their round on me, all I am asking is this: How much
> do you think seems like a good price for a fresh XHTML/CSS redesign of a
> site (not redoing any content text), its 10 pages in total, flat file
> Keeping in mind I am getting this job as my first "Official" freelance job
> AND it is a legal firm, so I am sure they do have some decent coin
> (compared to my jobs aforementioned)... Oh, one last thing, they are also
> looking into the possibility of hiring me as their webmaster, including
> probably at least 1 monthly update so they dont attempt it themselves and
> break the code compliance, etc.
> So, yes, once again -- with these details in mind, would anybody be so
> as to at least project rough prices for both the redesign and then the
> monthly updates? Last time I looked into prices was back in the days when
> HTML 4 sites would cost around $100/hr or about $100/page.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> D
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