I just wanna throw a question out there for a bit of discussion. I won’t bore you with my life story but i’ve recently decided that i’m going to give freelance web design a real go.
One drawback i’ve been worried about with freelancing is that fact that work isn’t always guaranteed, so a stable income is sometimes hard to come by. Or is it?
From what i’ve observed, most freelancers will charge some sort of fixed amount, with 50% upfront and 50% on completion. On top of that there may be some small fee for hosting & maintenance.
Why don’t freelances scrap the bulk payment and only charge a monthly fee. Let’s stay small and say you quote a client $2500 for a complete package. Instead of asking for $1250 upfront and $1250 on completion, what are the positives/negatives of asking for a fee of something like $100/month instead?
In the short-term you obviously wouldn’t be better off, but once you have set up a solid client base things would gradually get easier and easier. Obviously, you would put a contract in place which ties the client to you for at a least a year.
Is it as simple as the clients don’t like paying larger monthly fees or this simply isn’t the smarter option? I just hate the idea of going weeks/months without any work.
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