One of the first questions we generally hear is "how much will it cost?". While this is completely understandable, it is difficult to answer ~ it's similar to calling up a building contractor and asking "what's the cost to remodel my kitchen?". The answer is, "it depends on what you want."
Some tasks go fairly quickly ~ updating an events schedule for example, or adding a Facebook icon; other tasks, such as integrating a secure shopping cart, require more time.
Over the years we have found that the fairest approach for our clients is to charge by the hour and keep a careful tally of the time. Prior to beginning an assignment with a new client we provide an approximate cost estimate, then once we accumulate 3-4 hours of actual webdesign, we send an invoice. In those cases where a project will clearly take considerably longer, we wait to bill until we are further along, by mutual agreement with the siteowner.
Sometimes we accumulate several hours on a single project, and other times it takes months of minor tweaks to get to that point ~ it all depends on what we are requested to update.
Our clients like this arrangement because there is no minimum charge, nor are they expected to pay us an ongoing retainer ~ when you need our assistance, you simply pay for the work that we do, and nothing more. As soon as we reach the point where you are happy, we stop. Whether we hear from you once a day, once a week, once a month, or once a year is up to you.
Contact us when you are ready, tell us what you need accomplished, and we'll let you know the estimated cost of the job. If that is acceptable to you, then we'll begin...