Topic: Rates for HTML/CSS services

A coworker of mine is looking for some HTML/CSS help for his freelance web gig. The design and back-end is taken cared of, so all I'm responsible for is the HTML and CSS. Any advice on a fair rate I can charge would be appreciated.

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

David -

Without going into actual dollars and cents, which is not a fit topic for discussion here, you need to decide on an appropriate hourly rate for your work, based on your level of experience and your locale (if your client is offline).  What I charge might be too high or too low depending on your circumstances.  You also need to consider whether this association is something worth making more long term, which might effect up or down the rate you ask for.  Thirdly, consider what your bottom line is and be willing to negotiate a little when bidding for a cooperative role in this project.

That's my 2 cents :^{>

Honored to Serve for Him - Tom ('Mas) Pickering <)><

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

Thanks for the tips. Rates are something I don't really like dealing with, but inevitable.

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

Rates are good! Getting paid is good! Don't be afraid to charge for your work!

Ryan Heneise  |  Art of Mission  |  Now with extra-strong Donor Tools mojo

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

I am still a newb, but I am learning very fast. I got contacted a couple of times, but every time I mentioned a rate, people would never return my emails or calls. Just this last week I mentioned $30/hr for a job, but I got the same treatment as I did before when I mentioned $15/hr a couple of months ago. She mentioned that she loved my work, but yet I was still unable to get the job. Why is that?

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

Because, unfortunately, people are cheap. If they aren't willing to pay a fair price, trust me, you don't want to take them on as a client because they'll make your life miserable. The more I've raised my prices, the better the clientele.

Daniel Marino | www.iamdanielmarino.com

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

dmarino nails it. I am completely shocked at the differences between clients and the rates they are charged. "Friends", who I take on very rarely but deeply discount when I do, are often the most high maintenance clients I ever deal with. Higher-end clients trust their decision to hire a competent person and trust in the value of the work performed without taking over the role of designer. Folks who are cheap seem to want a ton for little or no money and may even make absurd demands.

I think part of the job in this business is finding the "right" client. That's easier said than done for someone making their living from this line of work. For me, it's fairly simple since I only do freelance web work on the side of a day job (which gets way more attention than my web work anyway.) It gets easier to say "no" every time. smile Then I have the margin to say "yes" when then right client contacts me.

HTH

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

dmarino wrote:

The more I've raised my prices, the better the clientele.

Yup.

Try talking with companies, rather than individuals.

"I was blind, but now I see!"  John 9:25

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

When we deal with pro bono or discounted projects, the clients know up front two things:  1) our regular clients always take precedence; and 2) we retain complete creative control - if they want more input into the design they will pay full price like the rest.

That's my 2 cents :^{>

Honored to Serve for Him - Tom ('Mas) Pickering <)><

Re: Rates for HTML/CSS services

maspick wrote:

When we deal with pro bono or discounted projects, the clients know up front two things:  1) our regular clients always take precedence; and 2) we retain complete creative control - if they want more input into the design they will pay full price like the rest.

That's my 2 cents :^{>

That's a good idea that I will keep in mind.