I'm a professional programmer. I've been asked to visit the owner of a small downtown clothing boutique because she wants a "web presence". Probably just a simple place holder web site with their contact info, hours, and so on. I'm pretty sure they don't want any online shopping cart or ability to take credit cards and so on.
My question is, what's a fair price to charge for such work? I'm guessing the actual design of the website will take me a good 16 hours -- in my professional "day job" I bill anywhere between $550 to $700 a day, so I guess that makes the design work worth about $1600 max.
But I'm thinking that if I'm registering the domain, hosting it for them, setting up email accounts, and responsible for maintaining the site, I'd like some kind of on going payment.
Would suggesting something like $100 a month indefinitely be a good idea? Or is it likely a small business would prefer to be billed by the quarter? Or would I be much better off just getting a lump sum up front?
So options are:
- $2000 up front includes all hosting an maintenance (indefinitely?)
- $100 a month indefinitely (I'm worried they'll be annoyed at the end of each month and it might prompt them to search out alternatives)
- $400 a quarter indefinitely?
Or am I asking way too little (or way too much) for this kind of project?
Any advice is GREATLY appreciated.