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What to charge for something I've already done?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum:' started by Music To The Eyes, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. Music To The Eyes

    Music To The Eyes Senior Member


    I got an email today from someone who had seen an identity I have already created and put on my online portfolio. It was only a mock-up idea for an imaginary business, as I'm just starting out, so I'm happy to sell it him. But I'm wondering what I can charge, seeing as there isn't much work left to be done? He wants the logo putting onto busniess cards, flyers etc, but the hard work is already done.

    I also have a somewhat moral dilemma, in that the logo is in the style of a tutorial I followed. I've adapted it for my own use, but the style is still very recognisable. I've read the terms and conditions on the tutorial website and they say I can use the effects and techniques anywhere I like, just not the actual tutorial text and images. So if I'm correct, I'm within my rights, but it just feels a bit... wrong. What do you guys think?

  2. tbwcf

    tbwcf Active Member

    Hi Helen,

    If you have already created a logo and someone wants to buy it you shouldn't charge them less just because the work is already done. They are still asking for sole use of something you have spent time on. (a carpenter wouldn't build a chest of drawers and then sell it cheap because he has already done the work rather than being commisioned).

    The tutorial thing is another issue (possibly). If you want to post a link to the work you've done and the tutorial I'll give you my opinion. (depends how much you've made it your own really)
  3. Music To The Eyes

    Music To The Eyes Senior Member

  4. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    I would suggest a possible rework of the identity - Tell him an identity is just that and should be relative to the business (at least if he turns you down you tried) but otherwise charge the same as you would for an other identity design project, After all - you've put the same amount of time in as any other just spread out more.

    ps - your site doesn't work.
  5. Music To The Eyes

    Music To The Eyes Senior Member

    Thanks br3n. Can you please tell me what problem you're having with it and what browser you're using? Thanks
  6. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

  7. bluecube

    bluecube Member

  8. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Your site wasn't working for me either yesterday. I got a page full of GoDaddy advertisements, but it's working now.
  9. CSparkes

    CSparkes Senior Member

    Godaddy holding page for me today, although not yesterday!
  10. jHouse

    jHouse Senior Member

    All work has a value. Even if the work is already done - you're selling him the product now. And that has to have a value.

    Im not too sure about the tutorial business. I'd rework it 1) to cover yourself and 2) to really make the identity specific to this geezer.
  11. Music To The Eyes

    Music To The Eyes Senior Member

    Hi everyone, thanks for your input. I think I've got it worked out now.

    And just to set things straight - my website is at, not .com! Sorry for the confusion.
  12. feelalive

    feelalive Junior Member

    That work is yours, so you should charge the normal price for it.

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