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Oziel Perez

I highly disagree with your support for fiverr. This has nothing to do with whether or not you can make a living through Fiverr but it is because people who know nothing about software development and web design pricing think that this work should be easy for us and thus should be paid cheaply. We as developers have to make a stand by not caving to low ballers simply because we may just need the money. Clients need to understand that good work requires plenty of time and a decent pay. Unfortunately, many devs outside of the US charge way too cheaply for these services, thus lowering expectations of pricing.

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Kyle Prinsloo πŸš€ Author

Thanks for your opinion, Oziel :)

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Arne

There’s another way to look at it: view Fiverr et al as acquisition channels. Having seen the β€œbuying” side as well, the race to the bottom not only applies to prices but also quality, unfortunately. Whenever we contract someone from these platforms, we have to go through smaller projects since few people are willing to do an interview upfront. As Kyle pointed out, one small deal can lead to much bigger gigs and happy relationships and all you need to do is let quality shine through.

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Fox

I totally agree

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Kyle Prinsloo πŸš€ Author

Exactly, Arne :) thanks for understanding it in context

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Addd12

How much would you charge? (I would appreciate having examples including the position, language and experience if you could give)
I haven't landed my first job yet.

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Oziel Perez • Edited

Assuming you live in the US, it depends on the project. If it's a small static website (3 - 7 pages with no blog template), then the minimum I would charge is $500, especially if it's Wordpress; if you are a more experienced designer and can dish out a really good looking website, then you should be charging $800 - $1200, especially if there are a lot of unique pages (like landing pages) and if you are integrating a back end language for templating or for access to a database for storing a bit of data; high end websites could be $1400 to $2000. Then as you get in to the realm of e-commerce or large blogs, you have to start charging a minimum of $1000 but more like $1400 to $5000 depending on how big the business is (small shops would be in the lower range and large corporations would be charged that big price).

Speaking of e-commerce, we should now mention web and mobile apps. If you are doing those types of projects, it's actually better to charge hourly because those projects can last 3 to 6 months, so you want to be compensated fairly for that. Junior devs would be charged $16 - $22/ hour, mid level would be like $24 - $30, and seniors would be $32 and above. In some projects, you could do a contract of a base fee like $1200 for a web app, plus an hourly rate for anything that's outside the scope of the work (think deployment, testing, making changes to work that's already been done, etc.).

Of course these are my opinions on pricing so each developer's rates will differ. For the average stack of technologies like Python, JavaScript, PHP, the usual databases like MySQL or SQLite, you would refer to the rates I mentioned, but for more enterprise-level technologies like Java, .NET, SQL Server, you would charge a bit more. If you know rare stuff like COBOL or similar legacy tech, you could charge serious cash because there's not as many developers out there that know those skills and many government agencies and corporations still rely on that.

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Addd12

Thank you for the detailed explanation!

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Boris Borisov

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