June 12, 2009, Newsletter Issue #37: Pricing Your Work As A Web Designer

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One of the issues that often arises for a Web designer is how to price their work--and this is especially true for freelancers. At some point in your Web design career you will probably need to bid a project, and it can help to know what you should take into account when setting your price.

First of all, it is a good idea to make sure that you have the expertise that is required to complete the project. If a client is looking for a flash-based site but that isn't in your background, you won't want to waste time compiling a bid. On the other hand, if flash is your specialty, you may be able to charge a premium for the work. Get all the information ahead of time and you'll be able to see if the job is something you can do.

The time-frame is another big factor in determining the cost of a project, as is the difficulty of the work. Generally speaking, the shorter the time and the harder the work, the more you can charge. You may also want to know if the client will want you to maintain the site. It can mean extra money, but some designers may prefer not to take that type of work on. The more you know on the front end, the easier it will be to quote the client a solid price.

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