Oh come on… we’re not selling used cars here. Give real numbers.
Developers / Designers want to know that they’re going to get paid. Otherwise, why invest the time and money in learning the software?
…and employers, they want to know they’re going to get talent. They attract each other. That’s why I think Tumult shouldn’t shy away from suggesting a freelancer rate. Help stop the race to the bottom.
The general range depends on two major issues. One… the skill level you’re looking for. A beginner, or hungry college kid, might even be too shy to charge $25 per hour. Meanwhile, a pro level developer / designer could easily fetch $100 an hour. Obviously, it could be lower than $25 or higher than $100, but that’s a reasonable midpoint. (I know development shops that don’t even seem to get out of bed for projects less than $50,000. Naturally, I avoid sending jobs to those places. HA HA.)
The other issue is location. Someone working from London, San Francisco or NYC is likely to charge more than someone working from say Poland, India or China. I’ve seen how a language barrier can crush a project’s timeline. Are you looking to save money? Are you looking for someone local? Are you looking for the best Hype developer on the planet? Those questions influence your budget estimate.
Estimate is a good word, because “Easy” can quickly become surprisingly difficult. If you say 40-60 hours, I start wondering if it’s really 80-120… or more!
But as a quick estimate… rough numbers… let’s say $25-$100 per hour is the freelancer rate and 40-60 hours is an actual timeline. That means you’re looking at $1000–$6000.
For a whole website? That’s pretty cheap. I’m thinking a freelancer would need to double that cost because who’s taking care of the freelancer? NO ONE – that’s who! Freelancers have to worry about their own health insurance, operating costs, chasing down people that don’t pay. NDA suggests that you’re looking for a professional. Even at $12,000 that could still be pretty cheap.
But hey, picking Hype might save you some money. Because the freelance community is new / small, you might be able to find someone hungry enough to do it even for $500.
To those hungry developers… https://www.codementor.io/freelance-rates/web-developers …that site says the average hourly rate for a Web Developer is $61-80. That’s pretty close to my estimates, which I wrote before reading that website. (Quick DuckDuckGo search… https://duckduckgo.com/?q=web+developer+freelance+rate&t=osx&ia=web#) The midway point between $25 and $125 is $62.50.
So, let’s say a friend of mine asked me for advice on what to charge you for the project… I’d probably say $5000. You don’t want to bid too high so that you lose the job, but you don’t want to bid too low so that it’s not worth it. They’d have to be really good at Hype though. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone personally at that level.