Visiting abody this week, Neil asked me to put something on the front page of their site so that people could get in touch with me. Apparently, visitors to the studio are asking who created the site as they would like something similar for work of their own. (I’ll get round to it later…..). I also had an email from someone who had heard of me through someone using WP, and wanted to know if I would create a non-WP site for them. And just to add to that, last night, a neighbour was around and his wife wants someone to (re)build her website.
Now obviously as of now I don’t know what these people actually want, and I do know my limitations, but equally I can create a lot, and am willing to learn more.
With the abody site, there is no money involved. I do what the guys want, and if I want any bodyart, it’s free. (Okay, so I don’t want any right now, but either way, that’s the trade-off, and it’s one I’m very comfortable with).
Wordpress help I do is free, despite the phenomenal amount of time it can take, but when it comes down to someone who wants their own website saying “Here’s a layout, this is what I would like it to do” then at some point, I really ought to consider charging for what I do – but how much ? What I don’t have, and cannot have, is any method of online paying, so that automatically limits me in who I can deal with.
The karma thing above from Claire – I do hold to that – but come next April, I will be in a position to actually earn money, and either way, when you do any sort of work for people, if you start out by doing favours (which is how abody actually started) and it escalates, then you have to put a price on your time. Doing more sites now would also both be interesting and possibly useful in the long term.
But like I have said before, it’s not actually a price on my time is it ? After all, learning the code they need to isn’t hard, it’s more a case of how much they value their time in not having to learn it. And I haven’t got a clue, if someone asked for the cost, what to say. Not a single solitary clue.
I do know it would be better to ask for a set amount rather than by-the-hour charging.
I don’t know what to do about follow up work / site maintenance.
Do I charge by the number of pages on the site ?
If graphics were involved, then I would need them supplying – I don’t do graphics.
I do know that if set too low, more people may ask and then increasing the price becomes difficult (or does it ?)
If too high, I would feel guilty, but then I’ll feel guilty about taking money anyway.
Am I happy to do this sort of work ? Yes.
Am I in a manic phase and trying to do too much ? No….I’m stable right now, so that’s cool.
Got a Cluebat ? Hit me with it please ?