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How would I calculate how much to charge for a particular service in as a freelancer? (Computing)?

I am on the verge of becoming a freelance web designer/computer technician and general computer service person. The problem is when people ask me how much the service in question costs I am usually too shy to ask for a 'reasonable' amount for the job in hand. I usually end up charging way under what other 'established' businesses ask for. One of the main problems is that I have often used 'mates rates' when resolving their problems (because often they are mates). But now my name is getting about and I want to start to charge more consistent charges for the job or service. I have come to the conclusion that the cost of every service should be calculated so I can justify my price and then the customer can take it or leave it. Some tasks, although may not cost in man hours, actually cost in cost in effort/knowledge/experience. Obviously I posses skills and experience which they may not. That's why they are at my door. I just need confidence in my figures. Thanks/Please

Asked By: Halucinagenic - 8/9/2007
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Your price concerns a mixture of things. The first thing to consider is your market positioning. As a freelancer, you're probably leaning toward the lower end: people go to a freelancer when they don't want to feed several mouths. Your advantage over non-freelance services is that you incur less expenses to satisfy... More
Answered By: Derek Houston - 8/9/2007
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What I would do is phone up web designers pretending to be a potential customer and get quotes. Ring up lots of different people/companies. You basically need to do a lot research to find the going rates for different services.
Answered By: psych_78 - 8/9/2007
 
you have many variables. Is this a licensed business or something you are doing on the side ? Have you looked at going rates in your area ? Standard is to set up a minimum inspection fee. Often problems can be resolved within that cost. If issues require more work, an estimate is given to the client. that estimate is... More
Answered By: vengence - 8/9/2007
 
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