ICT_GUY (25th February 2010)
How come when one person turns up a friendly thread about what to charge for a website turn nasty!!
ICT_GUY (25th February 2010)
However, on the original post, I would say you have 2 ways of doing it - a flat rate 'package' price, or an hourly rate.
This would have to be gauged carefully though, as different customers want different things (obviously).
For a school website, done by a professional company, I've been quoted ~£2.5k and above. So, depending on what you want to do, you could charge £1000 for a decent site, based on an existing CMS with a custom template and with you providing initial population of pages. Or, you could charge £20 an hour, providing a minimum hours etc...
Whatever you do, don't charge too little - you should be paid properly for your work.
I also suggest you make sure both parties are absolutely clear on what's going to be done, and have it set down in writing. I've spoken to many, many people who were taken for a ride by companies or individuals who expected a lot and bullied them into delivering it (the guilt factor, "you said you would but you haven't" is a classic).
Otherwise you end up with the client expecting you to make changes ad-infinitum at no charge, or you get delayed due to the client not providing you with information you need and expecting you to sit and wait without any pay.
bossman (26th February 2010)
I'm not going to rise to the bait so "delicately" laid in this thread by a particular individual. I will say, however, @ICT_GUY, that some of the invalid code is easily rectified, such as 'Headings as links' can be fixed by simply placing the <h3> element outside of the <a> tag, rather than inside. This will pass validation and should not change the output, unless some stylesheet is involved with those tags. Feel free to slap up a new thread or PM if you would like a validating hand.
Someone I went to Sixth Form with now runs his own web design business, and he charges a minimum fee for a standard "brochure" site, something along the lines of £200, then £50 per page thereafter. Or a fixed, but negotiable, fee for sites over a certain number of pages. Based on the responses here, I wouldn't offer an overtime fee based on your salary. You could make quite a wad out of it, playing your cards right. Some good advice here.
Unfortunately due to the fact I was previously an apprentice and started development of my school's website as such, I got the web development roped into my job description when I completed my apprenticeship and was offered my job. No extra money for me.
Last edited by Mako; 25th February 2010 at 10:36 AM.
I am down to 16 errors now, though the rest are embedded in the Theme and I will have to sit there and go through it (or wait for the next update).
(update) This is quite Cathartic, I am tracking down errors on the school site now and getting much better at spotting them.
Last edited by ICT_GUY; 25th February 2010 at 11:47 AM.
50 pound per page for HTML, more for PHP, ASP etc.
They must give all information to you for the website, any changes after they have already been agreed upon should be an extra charge.
just skipped through the last page here, but use Webdeveloper Add-on for firefox with the inbuilt HTML tidy option to clean up error messages.
ok i decided to read some more of this post:
Ponteland High School < 0 errors, only a few warnings site built from scratch by me.
anyway, errors are normal for websites, do you know why, its because of that so so popular browser Internet Explorer there are many cases were you have to use non standard code to make something look right in IE, this is normally the cause for errors.
as for charging to keep a website up-to-date there are two routes to take, either charge a yearly/monthly fee depending on how much they think they will need the site updated. if it needs to have news items updated on a monthly basis i would probably go for around 30pound a month.
the second route is on the spot and generally works out better, if they want a new page charge 50pound, change to an existing page look at the 20-30 pound mark..
play your cards right and you can make a nice bit of income, i currently do allot of web design on the side for other parties. and cause im a shameless self promoter heres my website(in wordpress, wanted something quick lol): | J-Henderson
sparkeh (25th February 2010)
Did someone say something?
Criticism is always good, so long as it is constructive. Making out that someone is ripping people off, or making out that they're no good at what they do without actual advice as to how to improve is not helpful.I can criticize what ever I like. If someone wants to show off their side line business on a public forum then they should expect both positive and negative comments. Unfortunately some people seem to be rather touchy and get all high and mighty.
Many thanks for your sweeping racist statement, make you feel important?
I'm going to give you some constructive criticism now - stop with the negativity and actually start trying to be nice and helpful and you will start getting a positive response. Carry on as you are doing, and I see a very different future for you.
Also, just one other thing - there is nothing racist there - Americans are not a race - it is a nationality, made up of many races.
ICT_GUY (26th February 2010)
Can anyone point me in the right direction in regards to the tax situation for this?
If I am employed by one school but paid by another for website work, am I going to get hit by the taxman for second income or anything?
Oh and while I think about it, make sure you invoice the school, this serves two purposes: it serves the school a legally binding contract to pay you, and provides evidence for the tax man should they ask you to prove your new income is legitimate
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)