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    Hi all,
    Looking for some advice really. I am going to be leaving my current place of work (secondary school) to work for another company. The school has asked me if I would be interested in doing the website on the side, so I have said yes. Now I have already created the website design but it currently has no content at all.

    So once I start my new job its just needing the content added and BAM the have a site. But how much would you charge? I've never charged a school or company before for websites so Iím at a bit stuck. The site has roughly 20 pages and I might have to set up a flash photo gallery. The content (writing would be supplied by a co-ordinator in the school)

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Cheers
    Rich

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    use edugeek-joomla, pages are easy to edit, easy to run. charge what you feel to be reasonable.

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    Thanks but I already have the site in place, Im just unsure of how much to charge on an hourly basis / per page?!

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    I'd get a bit more info, are you required to maintain it after the initial content is put into place, are you responsible for the server it is hosted on, ie. updates etc.

    Most importantly, find out what they expect from you, do they expect you to assist with problems in your new working day, would need to clear that kind of commitment with your new employer etc.

    Unfortunately though, people always struggle to strike up a cost for their services, consider what you earn now and do that job, perhaps on an hourly rate you could go in with that, but really it depends on what they expect from you.

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    Thank you,
    I think you are right, I will have to clarify these bits up.

    Thanks again people.

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    I usually charge depending on the type of website they want. For exampe If it's just a bunch of static pages I'll charge less, but if they want dynamic pages such as custom upload scripts or CMS type utilities, I charge more as it takes longer to code. When you have the base charge sorted, figure out an amount to charge for each page / hour you work on it. My friend once adivised me to charge a little more than what you'd expect to be paid for it, if working for a company. I never charge charities/non-profit though

    I agree with kmount, as I made the mistake of not checking what a company actually wanted from me and ended up being the webmaster of the site for about 5 months, doing page updates, CMS upgrades, moderating etc. Wasn't worth it, I just wanted to create the site! You have to draw a line.

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    Thanks Freak, Some good advice, One more thing if anyone can help...
    I know this is slightly off topic but how does it work with the tax man if Im currently working full time for another company then I do take this job on in my spare time?

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    I believe you have to register as self employed. More info here

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    Quote Originally Posted by freak View Post
    I believe you have to register as self employed. More info here
    you dont if you dont earn more than a few thousand, so in this case you wont

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    Thanks for the correction

    But I thought that his full time employment would count towards this? Otherwise, I smell a loop hole!

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    £10/hour should be alright?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freak View Post
    Thanks for the correction

    But I thought that his full time employment would count towards this? Otherwise, I smell a loop hole!
    No they are counted as 2 separate sources of income. You wont need to declare the website as you will be within the limit

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    No they are counted as 2 separate sources of income. You wont need to declare the website as you will be within the limit
    Wow I didn't know that, certainly makes things easier. Thanks for this mate you've just saved me from quite a lot of headaches

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    I'm sorry but I don't believe that is the case, the threshold is a total amount you are 'allowed' before tax, if he is working full time his tax will be calculated to use up that amount thus any additional income would fall outside of this threshold and would need to declare it.
    Be careful you don't get yourselves into trouble!

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    By looking at the Tax website, It looks like I would have to register myself as a business as I am suppling good and / or services, and as my overall earnings are over 6k a year I would have to fill out a self eval tax form each year. Also I would have to pay NI of £2.20 a week through direct deb.

    I think I have that right??

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