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I have been requested to develop a simple component that will allow the administrators of the site to add banner images; the company name and website address for it's new members. I have never developed a component let alone one for someone else and am not really sure what to charge for a project like this. Can you give me some ballpark figures?
First off, can't your site admins already accomplish this using the banners component? It allows image upload, click tracking, etc... Or do you need something that automatically generates the image using PHP calls?
On billing, it depends on a lot of different issues:
where you live
how experienced you are
how big the client is / budget you think they can afford
how much work you're already doing for them / negotiated long-term rates, etc.
Having said all of that, if I were to pull a wild number out of the air, $85 - $150 /hr. depending on your level of experience, etc. would probably be reasonable in the US. Can't speak to other locales.
Hope that's helpful.
Charge as much as they are willing to pay.
Edit: Is this the component in the thread below this one?
Yes but it's not a component yet. That's the problem. My skills are more in the template area of Mambo even though I've been using Mambo for quite a while. (but I did not create this template - it was someone else's rework of sk_business).
I see. It should be pretty easy to make that a component. What many people recommend is to look at AkoGallery as a good example of a well-coded component. You will see all the parts you need.
But, that's not what you are asking! :)
Jerry has given you some good advice. The one thing I would add is to take into account (and to explicitly state in any contract between the client and you/your company) who owns the software when you are done programming.
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