My question concerns pricing and I hope someone here will offer us the benefit of their experience. A friend is moving from avid autodidactic tinkerer to professional web app developer this week (knock wood). His first project is a calculator to help engineers compare energy and emissions savings of various motors, allowing the results to be emailed from the app or a chart to be generated.
My frustratingly fruitless research indicates that apps like that start at $20K. He's nervous about what to request for his first app and wants to open negotiations at $10K or less. Your thoughts? What do apps like this typically cost companies when outsourced? If it matters, my friend is in the UK.
Thanks, Mary Kroll
Update/Elaboration: The developer had a meeting today and the interested firm (which makes fan motors, is my understanding) wants to move forward and are assembling specs to that end. They actually wants to offer the app as a product/service for their clients, with future e-commerce integration. That strikes me as something more valuable (meaning priced higher) than an app just for their engineers to use in-house. Any further thoughts?