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How To Decide What To Charge As a Web Developer

By HTMLGoodies Staff

Beginning freelance web developers often have issues deciding how much to charge for website development--they either charge too much, or far too often, charge too little. If they are not charging enough, they may even lose money from the experience.

A good estimate of the time involved in the project, plus management time and other tasks, multiplied by your desired hourly or daily rate, gives you a good starting point for a cost proposal.

The problem that often arises is one of unexpected development issues and time. It's better to overestimate the time a project may take, and even miss a contract or two, rather than missing deadlines or overworking yourself. If, on the other hand, you complete a project before the deadline, you will have more time to tweak it, and your client will be getting a great deal more for their investment.

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