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#1 heylouise

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 01:11 PM

What have you found is best way to educate non-tech-savvy people on this?

 

I tell people that I charge by the project, and it depends on the situation. But they still expect some kind of flat answer (without letting me assess their needs), which is very frustrating.



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:25 PM

Recently I've started to use a restaurant menu analogy, the more courses you buy the more you pay, and some foods/dishes are more expensive than others. Then if you have a lot of diners (content types etc) the price is per head!

 

But yes, it's really down to the project because they're always different!



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 08:03 PM

Tell them your prices are based off the approximate time taken to complete a project.  I know nothing about car mechanics but I can fully understand some jobs will cost more than others based on the complexity (expertise required) and time taken.

 

The price literally = expertise(rate) * hours



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Posted 09 July 2017 - 09:14 AM

Tell them your prices are based off the approximate time taken to complete a project.  I know nothing about car mechanics but I can fully understand some jobs will cost more than others based on the complexity (expertise required) and time taken.
 
The price literally = expertise(rate) * hours


This + items such as licenses, purchased images etc.

Cost = (hours * rate) + sundries


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:44 AM

What have you found is best way to educate non-tech-savvy people on this?

 

Normally to put it in their industries context. If they sell cars it's like asking them how much is a car? If they're in catering then how much is a sit down meal? Most of them will answer 'what sort of car' or 'what menu and how many guests' and then bingo, they suddenly understand it's the criteria that sets the budget for a project.






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