[thelist] My way to charge clients

Diane Soini dianesoini at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 21 20:53:04 CDT 2004

On Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at 04:33 PM, 
thelist-request at lists.evolt.org wrote:
> For each page I set, I charge between 40-60 €. ( depending on the 
> amount of pages )
> This is for html, css, js and xml.
> php and asp pages are charged with 100 € / page. For more complex 
> sites sometimes more.
> all together a small project ( up to 10 pages ) gives me 600 € to 800 
> €. without the design.

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but what is a "page"? I can see 
what it is for a static web site, but what if you have three templates 
that generate hundreds of pages? Is that three pages or hundreds?

As for the issue of what to charge, I cannot answer that, but I will 
share that I am in-house, know only a tiny bit of server scripting 
(perl, java, php), a significant amount of javascript, and I'm willing 
to hack at most anything else. I'm a pretty bad designer, but they 
think what I do is good enough. For all that, I get a significant 
amount less than $50 an hour (I really don't want to say it out loud!). 
But, I also have medical, dental, vision, paid time off, 401k, free 
health club etc. Don't forget your salary should consider that you have 
to purchase your own benefits (your government may give you more than 
the US does), and you'll have to also pay all the taxes yourself.  But, 
(and this is another snippet from that web design business kit), if a 
client fires you you will lose one client. If my boss fires me I lose 
it all.


Don't be afraid to try something new. An amateur built the ark. 
Professionals built the Titanic. -unknown

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