Bit of advice...


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Hi guys, hope you don't mind me scouting on here for a bit of advice on pricing?

I'm actually in the motions of producing a 13 page website for a client, complete with customised blog and online store. The deadline for the project is the beginning of October [showroom opening] and I'm stumped on one thing.

How much would you charge to set up an online store for a client [this will be my first live effort]?

In total they're looking for 6 product categories, with 7 sub categories.

I4 Visual Media

Hey omninogd

I work for I4 Visual Media, we're Internet Specialists based in Essex (UK)

I'm not entirely sure on how much these things cost to make exactly, I would say as it's your first time, set it low, not too low ofcourse, because if it gives you any problems you wont have the constant reminder from the client about the big price tag.:)

I believe we can do a full e-commerce website from around £1,000 or £1,500 but that can go upto about £3000 depending on how much they want and our prices are very good for what the customer actually gets.

If you have anymore questions feel free to ask, apologies for not being able to give a more accurate response though, myself I do SEO for my company so I'm a little unsure.

This is a proper 'how long is a piece of string'? question but I'll attempt to give some guidelines on what affects prices;

1. Function: What functionality are they wanting? Is it available in an 'off the shelf' package such as Prestashop or OSCommerce or will you be developing extra functionality? That has a big bearing on cost as programming a store is time consuming but skinning a pre-built isn't that hard.

2. Extras: Will you be configuring SSL, adding products, adding content, organising payment gateways, promoting it...? All will carry time/cost implications.

3. Client: Yes, I know it isn't very nice but if a client looks like being a nightmare then stick an extra 30% on the price. If they go elsewhere then you've probably dodged a bullet. If they stick with you then you've covered the cost of those 'awkward' moments.

4. Time: Once you've considered these things, think what is your time worth? If you want to earn £30 an hour then calculate how long it will take (hard I know with your first one but that is just how it is) and multiply it out (taking taxes and costs into account of course). That is your price.

If I were to offer a bog standard, off the shelf package, fully configured, secured and ready for business e-commerce option I'd go somewhere between £1500 and £2000.

Hope that helps