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    Active Member WorldBuilder is on a distinguished road
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    Per page or time?

    When you design a site for a client, do you charge per page or for overall time? Which is better in your humble opinion?

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    page if personal, hour if commercial.
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    Full Member cdingman is on a distinguished road
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    Depends. I usually find out exactly what they want and negotiate a flat fee with them.

    I guess I don't really do either. I negotiate with them.

    Seeings as I'm just getting into the business as a paid designer, I can't really say.

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    I'm building a basic, static site for a "friend". I am charging him per hour because realistically, that will cost him less than per page. A fair amount of pages, but most are the same basic code, so it won't take me that long. I thought that was the more courteous thing to do for an acquaintance.

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    i've never actually charged money for a site design, although realistically i could charge. I usually make sites for people as as favor, to get other trades or crafts for free myself.

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    If the work is only a few hours or less I charge hourly otherwise I charge a flat rate according to how long it would take me times my hourly rate. Which by doing that sometimes I go over and other times I go under.

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    I think its best to charge a flat out fee or work out some kind of deal or trade as that what i do most of the time i never charge per page!

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    Heh.. per 'page' is very 1996... if I was hiring a web designer and they even MENTIONED "per page", I'd be leaving them behind so fast they didn't know what happened.

    I'd say 95% of the time, web designers that charge "per page" are horrid web designers who are just starting and have learned a few HTML tags and are basing their calculation as a carpenter would ask "how many rooms?".

    Anyhow, I personally believe 'flat fees' to be the best approach - as charging by hour is never fair - you could work very slow, or very crappy, or even very fast...
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    I'd say 95% of the time, web designers that charge "per page" are horrid web designers who are just starting and have learned a few HTML tags and are basing their calculation as a carpenter would ask "how many rooms?".
    That is one of the dumbest things i have ever read! I deal with a variety of excellent designers who charge per page.

    Like someone above mentioned....i would charge a flat out fee for a friend and perhaps per hour cost for a client i didn't know.
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