I’ve always been a fan of transparency when it comes to pricing. There’s no need, in my mind, to hide costs or be dishonest with your pricing; it’s just bad business. So I decided to write up a quick blog to serve as a letter to my clients – both present and future – that explain the changes in my fees.
I’ve learned in the last year that every project is unique, and I can’t have flat, across-the-board pricing on everything; it doesn’t bode well for myself and my finances, and gives clients the wrong impression. Every situation and project is unique, and as such I’m doing more individualized quotes for my projects.
You can see a more detailed outline on how website projects will be priced in the future on the Pricing & Quotes page.
A lot of the work I do is hourly – I’d actually say a bulk of my income is hourly work. And it’s draining, at times, to keep up with. My problem, often, is that I don’t charge for what is, and would normally be, billable time. It seems silly to run the time clock while sending an email, doing a quick google search, or swapping out a picture. But these small, often insignificant-looking tasks build up over time.
I know a lot of freelancers account for this by padding hours; personally, that seems a little deceptive. So I’ve decided to raise my hourly rate and adjust my pricing structure, to account for the lost time.
To start, my hourly rate has raised from $25 to $35. Second, I’m now billing for a minimum of an hour. After that, it’s rounded to the nearest quarter hour, as usual.
So if I log 01:32 on your project, you’ll be charged $52.50 – or an hour and a half worth of work. If I work 00:27, you’ll be charged $35, to cover the minimum one-hour commitment. Make sense?
What This Means For You, The Client
For all on-going projects, it means literally nothing. All existing quotes and proposals will be honored, and work that is currently being billed hourly will continue to be billed hourly at the old rate until that specific portion of the project is done. After that, the increased rate will apply.
For new projects and tasks, the new, increased rate and structure will apply. New websites will start at $500, (e-Commerce starts at $1,000) and hourly projects will be billed at $35/one hour minimum.
As my client, I try my hardest to provide excellent service that is worth the value. However, if you’d rather go somewhere else, I’m sad to see you go, but I understand.
Thank you, and if you have any questions, feel free to call me at (207) 370-9271 or email me directly.