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Guitar Gamer
June 11th, 2004, 18:08
I'm going to be launching my web and graphic design business within the next couple of weeks. I'm almost entirely prepared - have professionally printed business cards, flyers, contracts, accounting software, registered business name, etc. But, I'm not sure if my prices are good enough? Let me know what you would pay for professional design.

My starting price for a website is $400 (CAD) which includes the complete graphical design, a homepage, 7 content pages, 20 digital/photo scans an I also offer optional components + hosting solutions for additional costs.

Also if anyone here knows a thing or two about business and have some tips or useful information on what one needs when starting please let me know. :)

Zach
June 11th, 2004, 23:07
It really depends on the job you are doing.

Some web developers charge for a package. And maybe have extra charges for special customizations to the package.

Others work on an hourly contract, and some negotiate the fee at the time the contract is setup with a perspective client.

my friend Alex Taylor does web design too (hes also in Canada), www.alextaylor.org

You could ask him for advice probably.
I've done so in the past

Guitar Gamer
June 12th, 2004, 04:07
Thanks for the link. I'll check into that. Which also reminds me that after I've completed the work outlined in the plan, if the client wishes for additional things to be done I charge by the hour - $20/hr. I also do logo design, business cards, brochures, letterheads, banners, posters, flyers, etc. (yadda yadda' - all that type of stuff, you know what I mean)

onewecallgod
June 12th, 2004, 04:28
Good luck with it :)

Guitar Gamer
June 12th, 2004, 06:48
Thank-you. :) I do take this very seriously. I want to make this my career in the future. So, I'm being careful that I don't give myself a bad reputation from day one. Gotta' be the best one can be under all circumstances. No making a fool of myself. :ph34r:

Zach
June 12th, 2004, 07:20
Just remember. Do not take more than you can handle at one time.
If you don't know this limit, pick a very conservative number.

The worst thing you can do is tell 10 people "ok I can do this!" and then have them all knocking down your door for their finished web site at the same time.

Guitar Gamer
June 12th, 2004, 08:52
I know what you mean. I'll have to restrain from sucumbing to my horrible "Can't say NO' disease. But, on the brighter side, if I have enough people calling to have to say no to, then I know I will have been succesful at starting my business... well... until I'm done sites and need more to do... :P

GenmaC
June 13th, 2004, 03:19
One of my client is a graphic design artist/web designer and charges 100 and up per hour.

I do support and coding work, as he generally doesn't handle those issues:

Administration: $15/hr
Coding: $20-30/hr
Advanced Support: $75-100/hr

Guitar Gamer
June 13th, 2004, 05:31
Wow. He must be really established to charge prices like that - and very good for that matter. I hope I can charge such prices one day. *sigh* ... to dream

... such mental masturbation :D :P
I think I'll stick to starting for now *thwacks self for thinking much to far ahead*

None the less thanks for that info. It gives me an idea of what high end designers charge. *thumbs up*

Badger
June 22nd, 2004, 21:25
Just what the world needs, another web design company (http://www.googlefight.com/cgi-bin/compare.pl?q1=web+designers+USA&q2=original+buisness+idea&B1=Make+a+fight%21&compare=1&langue=us). Truth be told, there isn't much money in the IT/Multimedia sector anymore (wel in Britain anyway). The majority of people that make the big money are the people who were up and established before the market became saturated with 'specialists'.

Guitar Gamer
June 23rd, 2004, 04:38
You are right. There are far too many companies who don't have a clue and the market is extremely saturated - its alarming. I knew quite well of all that but - I've been into web dev and graphic design for a few good years now (and am currently working for a web design company) but not because of wanting "easy" money - instead because I enjoy it. So, I've decided to just take the plunge and see how it goes. Encouraging words or not I'll ride the horse until its dead and gone - as stupid as it sounds.

Who knows - maybe my area needs some new designers. Guess we'll find out soon enough. :)

BTW - the term &#39;specialist&#39; is obviously thrown around too loosely. I&#39;d hope those who call themselves specialists are indeed worthy of such a title. <_<

RockY
June 23rd, 2004, 14:37
once I created a web page for a car parts shop, I got 100 USD for it. It took me 5 hours making it, of course the host was not included.

Guitar Gamer
June 23rd, 2004, 17:22
Ironic, the first site I made "officially" was for an automotive shop in a city nearby. But it was paid for in an exchange of services. I get my car fixed - they get their site and free maintenance. And yes - hosting and domain registration were additional costs as well and will be with future clients.

Right now I have two other new clients. One runs a music studio and the other runs a hypnotherapy service. Since I&#39;m just beginning though I&#39;m giving really cheap prices in order to build up my portfolio for the first few customers.