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July 22nd, 2010, 01:47 AM
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Do you charge per hour, do you have certain rates for certain kinds of design or does it vary on a client by client basis?
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For me it is a combination of things. Logos and Graphics are usually hourly. Some Printwork I usually charge a specific fee, but it depends on materials used (if that makes any sense at all). Web Design I charge on an individual basis. I do have a specific fee, but I generally go by what the client is actually looking for.
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July 30th, 2010, 03:49 AM
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Both my DH and I find setting fees really difficult - we don't want to charge too much and lose business but we don't want to undercharge for our work. I usually charge a set fee for a website design or redesign with additional work afterwards at a set hourly fee, the same for print design in terms of the actual design with materials on top.
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I think the best way to price freelance jobs is to split them into two categories - hourly and piecework. Piecework - I will usually do for branding and layout (especially if it is the first time working with the client). Any job carrying forth from that client would then be switched over to hourly as maintenance. I do this because it allows me and the client (pressure free) to work out how to best communicate with eachother. I must not though- within the piecework estimate, I do put a clause in stating that after two rounds of revisions, additional fees can be applied (just in case the client is difficult).

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February 19th, 2011, 10:09 AM
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I do a flat fee, basing different types of projects on how much time I expect them to take. Hourly gets too complicated for me. I prefer for both the customer and myself to know from the start how much it will cost, and not have to worry about the clock.
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I try to determine up front how many hours it will take me. It was hard at first but I generally have at least some idea. Then I multiply it by my hourly rate. I don't want to lose business either but I don't want to participate in undervaluing what we all spent time and money on learning to become professionals with skills that are rather specialized.

I do have a lower set fee for web design for non-profits. I seem to get a lot of non-profits.
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