Hard Web is a one person operation and this is one of the reasons my prices and costs are so low.
My pricing structure for a small business website is a flat rate $120.00 an hour for each hour spent towards the project which includes GST of 10%.
See more information down the page about what I charge you for and what I don't charge for.
I ask for progress payments each month, so if the job takes more than a couple of months I am paid for my work along the way. I supply you with a log of hours worked in my itemised Invoicing and details of what I worked on in that time.
I am a fast worker with the latest software and you will find I get a lot done in an hour.
I maintain a reasonable pricing structure because I don't have some of the overheads that my competitors have.
I have been doing this job for over twelve years and have a solid client base that is interested in maintaining an active web presence...so my marketing costs are below average.
I would like to take this opportunity to explain why my fees are still great value!
Number 1 is that I am continually taking steps to increase my productivity by buying the latest software some of which takes some of the legwork out of web design.
i.e. see this program which makes nice navigation bars quickly, and
this program which does nice slideshows quickly.
Another big bonus to buying those programmes (for me and for you) was that I was forced to learn some new CSS3 coding which has some very cool effects and has large cross browser implementation so it is very useful.
My work for my clients (you) is usually either a combination of web design, SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (search engine marketing mainly using Google AdWords).
In 2013 I am only doing responsive web designs and now feel that I understand HTML5, CSS3 and media queries well enough so the extra time taken to implement a responsive website is dropping to manageable levels of about +10%.
I undertake my web work using the method that involves the highest degree of skill and technique which is by.hand coding HTML and CSS.
This means that I understand and can write HTML and CSS "by hand" if I need to...now I don't necessarily type out all of the HTML code (I use Dreamweaver and the other time saving programmes I mentioned above), BUT I understand all of the HTML code that is generated - HTML code looks like this...
<a href="index.html"><img src="images/handgohome.gif" alt="Click to go back to home page" width="295" height="53" border="0" /></a>
... and when you make that particular code segment (above) part of the HTML code of a webpage, it looks like the picture below which is a "graphic" (picture) that is also a "hyperlink" (link) that when you click on it will take you back to the homepage of this website.
Also I have been using the web "industry standard" programmes, Adobe™ Photoshop and Dreamweaver at a professional level for over 14 years. My web graphic (and .gif animation) work is executed quickly and professionally via Photoshop and I subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud so I get the latest programme versions updated immediately.
The thing is that to execute top notch web design where the website gets high rankings in Google organic searches (the job of SEO) and also to do highly "optimized" landing pages for Google AdWords (part of the job of SEM) I need to control every bit of the code of the website and if I don't control the code, i.e using WordPress or other CMS (content management system) websites then the results (especially regarding SEO and SEM) aren't as good.
I am still offering my 15mins per month deal which means you can instruct me to update your website and if it takes me less than 15min per calendar month then you are not billed for this time.
If it goes over the 15mins, i.e. say, on two occasions I made changes and it took a total of 20mins, then you would get a bill for 15mins.
I bill in 15min increments and if the time is 8 or 9 mins over the 15m increment, I will bill "back" to the shorter period but if it is 5mins or less "nearer" the longer 15min increment I will bill for the longer period. I don't necessarily bill for that 5mins of work that strictly I haven't done and if I feel it is unfair I will go back to the previous 15m increment to "be on the safe side". Normally I will try to fill up a remaining 5mins "gap" with something useful like a quick SEO review.
I keep the hours that I bill very accountable and try to make sure I only bill for work done.
At the end of the month I painstakingly review the hours I bill, via my diary entries and also cross check the email exchange between the client and myself.
If I am in any doubt about how long I spent on a job I consult the time-stamps of the files that I worked on.
The hours I don't bill you for include:
The hours that I bill you for include: