That's nice but, how much does it cost?
I never make any decisions without knowing what I am getting into. A rough estimate is better than nothing at all, I get it. My goal is to provide you with as much transparency as possible to take the guesswork out of this unfamiliar process. I know what you are thinking and yes, I have a project process. I tend to think with both sides of my brain.
I advise all clients to take the flat rate path. There are several benefits, one being I can focus all of my energy into collaborating with you & your team on delivering the best result possible. Who wants go in blind and start thinking about how much the project will cost while in the middle of it? You would constantly worry about the final bill? Eh, talk about stress. There is a better way.
With all projects, we will discuss the project details prior to me providing a quote. I partner with you to ensure we are on the same page with the overall scope of work and timeline. By using agile methods to roadmap each project, you will get a clear map of all tasks needing completion for both you and me in each phase of the project. As always, I guide you through each phase of the process.
I very rarely work with clients on an hourly rate. For the few small projects that fall into an hourly billing rate category, I work at $80 an hour. This rate is higher than any other billing category.
To avoid "billing surprises" I partner with all parties to ensure we are on the same page with the overall scope of work. By using agile methods to roadmap each project, you will get a clear map of all tasks needing completion for both you and me in each phase of the project. This will also help me give you an estimate for the project. Note the word "estimate," I cannot ensure the final bill will reflect the estimation exactly but I do everything in my power to get as close to it as possible.
If you need ongoing support I offer monthly retainer packages for dedicated on and off-site support starting at 10 dedicated hours a month. For 30 hours a month and above a discounted rate will be applied.
+ WHAT PROGRAMS or PLATFORMS DO YOU USE?
I lean heavily on Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and messenger. I am open to talking about whatever tool I needed to add to the toolbox in order to get the job done. I am also comfortable with Mac and PC and use Slack and InVison as needed. This list would be long if I named all of the tools I know how to use. Send me an email if you have any questions.
+ DO YOU WRITE COPY FOR WEBSITES?
It would be better for both of us if I limit my writing. I tend to leave that to the experts. I have resources I can connect you with if you need content written for any project.
+ Can you help me build my WEBSITE?
Um, yes and no. This is a loaded question. Again, I tend to leave this to the experts. I am not a developer but I do know the basics of HTML and CSS. I always advise my clients to use a developer but there are a several platforms that I am very comfortable using. Squarespace and Wordpress to name two but let's discuss your vision. I am sure we can figure out the right path.
+ What forms of payment do you take?
I send all of my invoices electronically via email and accept Paypal (credit card) or simply mailing a check works as well. For large amounts, a check is preferred.
+ What is the agile method you keep talking about?
This is nothing to be scared of. I do not use all of the methods just the portions that make sense to help us clearly and efficiently communicate about the projects. I will walk you through each step as they come and it will be painless. Who knows, you may end up demanding other consultants provide you with the level of detail you get from me.
+ Can I reach out you just to ask a question or for a quote?
Absolutely! Contact me with any questions or if you would like to talk about a project that needs a strategic partner, lets chat.