ok right now i charge as follows for my services:
$300-400 for graphic design
$25-35 per/page for layout and coding (50 for home page)
$x for all special programming features
the main problem i run into is people trying to cut down on the number of pages to lower cost .. i tried to charge per/hour but that seems to lead to unhappy customers as some people think you drag it out
so i'm looking for a more efficient way to suck as much money as possible out of the client without making the project sound too expensive when i pitch it to them
Fees based on a "per page" or "per hour" ratio are difficult to maintain.
Bundled price points would suit your situation better. For example, let's say you provide a homepage, two sub-pages, and validated markup, for a $150 base payment. Depending on special requests by the client, you could provide each sequential sub-page for a base of $25, and any extra features for an additional $10 or so, depending on what the client actually needs.
If you need anymore help, feel free to contact me, and we'll definately talk more.
I charge a 'minimum' charge which includes up to X pages.
This could change depending on the client. So I would have an idea on what sort of information they want to display and come up with roughly how many pages that would be then I would put a flat rate in the quote for these pages and then give them another price for each additional page.
eg: $600 including up to 5 pages of layout/coding.
$70 per additional page
or something like that.
But there is no option to 'delete' pages to reduce that base rate.
Instead of charnging $300-400 for 'graphic design' I would ditch that and just have one amount which includes graphic design, web layout etc of up to x pages. Additional pages at $x