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For all you developers who work for clients out there... how much do you charge for a business app? I was recently contacted by a company who wanted me to build them an app, but I have no idea how much I should charge. Any Ideas?
I've run my company and been a freelancer before for quite a while, don't know if this is a proper answer but at least I can give some points to think about when setting the price level.
Now if you have plenty of work already and this is not a critical must-have job you should price it accordingly, high enough to make it really worthwhile.
If you really need it, you could make an offer slightly lower than other companies / freelancers would make, but only slightly.. it's not good to profile to the low-end.
It should be rather easy to find out the hourly salary developers get in your area and then make an offer based on that. When estimating the hours I tend to multiply that by 1.5 first as there is plenty of meetings, emailing and other communication that needs to be done on top of the "real" work.
And if you need to pay VAT + your own income tax, count those in too.
Also, in case the client doesn't have big enough budget but you need the job you could offer profit sharing on top of the paid work. This can work, but it's much more hassle and you get tied to the project even after it's release as your money is now depending on it's success.
Thanks! These are some good ideas!
I had a Z list celeb type ask me about building him a app as he had seen a website I built for a show he was in. As it was just a WordPress type frontend type App I told him I would do it for £500.
He got back to me a few days later and found someone who would do it free of charge!