What should I charge to build a mobile app?
September 20, 2011 3:42 PM Subscribe
How much should I charge for developing a mobile/web app? And, should I charge hourly, weekly, or ask for a fulltime position?
The app will be for people who maintain a contact list. It will require a secure sign-in. There will be functionality to email or text all of the contacts for confirmation that their information has not changed; if they do not respond, the message will be re-sent later or stored for someone to call them. There will also be functionality to send pre-composed messages to certain groups of people on that list depending on their status.
I will use jQuery mobile (with an app wrapper) for the interface, with a small amount of PHP and some flavor of SQL on the server. I will need to use a program or service such as mailman to send the periodic emails. There will be more functionality added later, but this is the first step.
My experience with this is somewhat limited, although I feel comfortable with coding something of this complexity. I have a BS and MS in math but my coding/web experience to date has been in classes or for fun, not paid. My employer is fine with my lack of paid coding experience, and has people who I can ask for help if necessary as I am learning.
On one hand, I am hesitant to charge hourly because my time will include more learning than a more experienced developer, but on the other hand I'm not sure of a reasonable total fee for this project. The employer is open to fulltime employment as well, but I would like to deliver at least this step to prove myself first. And if I do charge hourly, what is a reasonable rate taking into account the learning curve?