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How much does one charge?

As a college design student, I’m still a novice compared to other designers, maybe even lower. Not bringing myself down here, just being honest. I have no problem with that, I’m always seeking to better myself. Anyway, whenever I’m put in a situation where someone wants to pay me to do a project for them – a poster, photography, website, etc. – I always under charge. Extremely. I told my dad I did a wedding shoot for $100 and he said I was insane for going so low. And not to sound cocky but my photography is pretty damn good. When I told my dad how much I’d charge as a professional designer to create a website ($2000), he said I was insane yet again. He said you’d have to charge 10 times that. But that seems so much. I mean, obviously I’d love to charge that much, but I’d rather give more quality of work over quantity of money. I feel like that way I’d have a good reputation. If I charged that much for my web design skills right now, they’d receive far less quality work in exchange for that money.

2 Comments

  1. Deema Mubarak wrote:

    I’ve always wondered this too. I’ve had people as me to design logos for them and Im always stuck when it comes to how much to charge them. Is there like a standard or something to go off of because I need to know.

    Friday, April 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink
  2. kjohns31 wrote:

    I’ve just been charging $15 an hour. It’s what I make hourly at my other job in retail.

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:16 am | Permalink