- I am a freelance software developer
My process of getting work is typically:
- Find out about potential work through some channel (people I know, former employers, job postings etc.)
- Set up a meeting, go through what they need
- I send a written proposal
My question is about the written proposal part. I typically divide the work and do some rough estimates to end up with a total number of days or hours. Then I put in my daily/hour rate and say "It will likely cost you ...".
Does it make sense to give the potential customer an option when it comes to pricing?
Based on my estimates, the work as described will likely cost HOURS x RATE = ... .
I can also offer to do the work for a fixed rate of ....
The fixed rate would be
ESTIMATED HOURS * RATE * SOME_FACTOR.
Is this a good idea or a bad idea?