I have been asked by a friend who's just starting a technical consulting business to help him do marketing/CRM. I am helping him as a friend with tech strategy and competitive intelligence (what I do know) and he wants to pay me to do business development (which I don't know.) So, what should I charge for consulting services when I am completely new at what I am doing? Sounds foolhardy, I know, but lots of snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
I have a couple of short stories out there on the market right now. They're between 4000-6000 words each. I've really been struggling with how to price these, and I have found no good advice on Google. How should I proceed? Writer flurries inside. [more inside]
For those who have made movies, I have heard that the cheaper you can write a movie (This is of course presuming your script is already awesome!) the greater your chances are of having it bought. I am more than happy to work creatively within such constraints, but I was wondering if there were scenes that counterintuitively cost a lot that a first-time writer wouldn't know about, and vice versa. [more inside]
Hi, I have been building up to launching a specialist coaching business in the new year for a long time. I have done a lot and learned a lot but there is still so much I'm unclear about... If anyone had any thoughts on any of the below I'd really appreciate your insight. [more inside]
With a couple of friends we are building a very sophisticated system that we believe is vastly superior to anything currently on the market. Our aim are independent financial management companies of any size in Europe (those non-bank companies that manage people's investments by buying and selling stocks, bonds, funds,...). The current market practice heavily penalises the small companies and only few of them can afford a good system. We want to change that. [more inside]
I've been tasked with figuring out what firms charge to perform IT Security tests, penetration tests, etc, for commercial clients? What kind of metrics do they base their charges on? Is there a standard rate for this kind of work? Alternately, do you have any tips for getting this kind of info from the companies that do this kind of stuff? [more inside]
I have previous tutoring experience (as well as being an Ontario Certified Teacher). I'd like to get back into some tutoring/editing work on the side, but I'm not sure how to charge for what I'm hoping to do. I don't really have the time or the flexibility to offer one-on-one tutoring, so I was hoping to offer "editing online" types of services where someone would email me their work and I'd send it back in x amount of time with corrections, editing suggestions, etc. I've done this in the past for journalists, law students, etc. and it seemed to work well. Here's the problem: how do I set up a reasonable and attractive fee structure for this? [more inside]
I've always wanted to be able to paint so over the last year I've taken a couple of oil painting courses. It seems now that I can paint well enough that people are asking about buying my work and one person wants to try to get me into galleries he knows. Wow! That's where I get stuck. How on earth do I come up with a price? Do I ask them to make me an offer? Are there resources for this kind of thing? Has anyone on here done this? What did you charge?
I've been organizing and running a vegan bake sale in my city twice a year for the past three years. It's a pretty manageable affair; over the course of five bake sales, I've raised just over $5,000, met some wonderful people, and had a lot of fun. While I am lucky enough to have an incredible standing venue and an amazing group of regular volunteer bakers, I keep getting stuck on one thing: PRICING. I've run into problems with every approach I've tried to use so far! Can you help me figure out a solid, reasonable pricing method for homemade vegan baked goods that will be 'sold' at a fundraising event? [more inside]
1. Non-profit bookstore. 2. Books are donated. 3. Books are priced for $1 or $2. 4. Resellers come in and buy books. 5. ??? 6. ??? 7. No profit [more inside]
For anyone experienced with art sales, particularly online sales: What sort of printing services do you use for your artwork? and what are the costs like? [more inside]
I currently don't have any version of Windows installed on my PC (it's a Mac). I would like to install Windows on a Bootcamp partition. I noticed that Microsoft has a special offer where they are selling a Windows 8 download for $40 through Jan. 31. That's a good price for me. The possible catch: Microsoft seems to be saying that I need to have an earlier version of Windows installed in order to use that download. I can't quite tell whether they are serious about this. Do I really need to have a preexisting Windows install to take advantage of the $40 Windows 8 offer? [more inside]
Help me make an offer on a domain name. What is a good starting offer? [more inside]
A store charges more for the smallest size of fountain soda than for the next size up. What’s a rational explanation for this? The store is a Quick Chek, for what it’s worth.
At some stores (the convenience store around the corner), the price I pay always comes out to a round(ish) number. Either ending in a 5 or a zero. So that the change I am given won't have any pennies in it. This is convenient for me and the person behind the register. At other stores, there seems to be little interest in getting those round prices. A purchase is just as likely to end in .68 as .50. Why does the consideration of coins influence the pricing of some stores and not others?
I'm working on a business plan to open a specialty food store. Everything was going great until trying to price out the start up inventory. [more inside]
How do I charge for work as a starter illustrator, graphic designer, mural artist, arty project person?
How do I charge for work as a starter illustrator, graphic designer, mural artist, arty project person? [more inside]
Can you help me understand this pricing strategy at Coldstone Creamery? The medium size ice cream was only 1 cent more than the small. [more inside]
Do you remember classic case study of technology provider slashing prices despite costs to drive high volumes and innovation immediately? [more inside]
[Youarenotmyrealtor-filter] Just how important is the 'seasonal affect' of price in real estate? If I sell in the winter as opposed to the spring, how much am I sacrificing in terms of price, in very general terms? [more inside]
Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
Do airplane ticket sites (Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, etc.) increase prices between successive browsing sessions, as well as manipulate prices so that they are in agreement with each other? [more inside]
Art Enthusiasts... an experienced artist asks: Help me price my work & tell me about your art buying proclivities... [more inside]
My grandparents were avid doll collectors. I have acquired some of their collection. I am at a loss as to how much one particular set of dolls is worth. [more inside]
Can a discount store make up MSRP? [more inside]
I'm writing a paper for congestion pricing and need resources that argue FOR (and how) congestion pricing can work in Washington D.C. [more inside]
My university (that I just graduated from) wants to purchase something like 20 of my photos to use for a new brochure they're making and also for the website. I have a good relationship with them and don't want to be a jerk overcharging them, and while I've sold photos to publications before at a fairly standard price of $150 for a limited use quater-page print, I think doing that for 20 photos might be much, especially since a lot of these are just photos I took during school and I haven't gone through the usual process of getting model releases for any of my fellow students. Anyway, just wondering if anyone has sold photos in "bulk" like this before and what might be a good price to charge.
Real Estate Pricing Strategy Question. So we're looking to sell our condo in San Francisco. After meeting with a broker, he said that we should ask $575k - $625k. He showed us numerous "comps" that seem to support his suggested price. But ours does have some unique features that make me think that it could go for as much as $650k. But I'm not a real estate professional. Considering that a broker, even one we trust (he came highly recommended) is motivated to make the sale quicker, does it stand to reason that based on his range, a higher price is reasonable, even if it means that it takes longer to sell (and the broker has to work harder)?
If I send a postcard from China to the United States, I pay 4.5 RMB. Who gets the money? [more inside]
Looking for psychology research related to how people perceive the value of different pricing models. Specifically, how a perception of accrued value in something affects the likelihood of no longer wanting the item / service. [more inside]
Would you rather have a lower price or longer warranty? [more inside]
My display cabinet cost me $1000 in 2003. It's mostly in very good condition, but has some scratches on the solid pine bottom shelf. Similar (less well made) models are selling new for $1500 today. What price should I advertise it for? What should be the lowest price that I accept for it? [more inside]
How much should I charge for two small illustrations that will be printed on wedding invitations? [more inside]
Photography pros: I've been approached by an editor who wants to publish my photos, and he asked me for my rates. I never sold a photo before. How do I price them? [more inside]
Arline prices: a specific question (Italy, late September, how to minimize cost?). And a general (airline econ 101). [more inside]
Where can I find data sets about in-game economies? Specifically, I'd love to know what the historical cost of virtual goods were by day. [more inside]
At what point, if any, is an online merchant required to complete the sale? [more inside]
After finding out that I'm interested in music, the manager at the charity bookshop I volunteer at has decided to let me price vinyl. Help me do it well and learn more about vinyl along the way! [more inside]
Let's say that traveler X would like to fly from city A to city B on American Airlines. The cost to fly from A to B is $500. X notices that a flight from A to C costs $300, and includes a layover in B. What, if any, are the negative consequences to X if he purchases the A to C itinerary, carries his bags on the flight, and leaves the airport after arriving at B, never to complete the B - C leg? [more inside]
OldFinancialInformationFilter: Figuring out cost basis for John Hancock Income Securities Trust (JHS) under its previous CUSIP. [more inside]
For AT&T, what counts as being a 'previous iPhone user' as far as upgrades to 3G iPhone go? I am a fairly new AT&T customer, who got a Blackberry through them in May. Because of that, I'm not eligible for a $199/$299 3G iPhone through them -- I'd have to pay $399 or $499. However, they are giving current iPhone customers the lower price. If I were to acquire an old iPhone from a 3rd party, and activate it under my current AT&T account, would that make me an iPhone customer for purposes of the upgrade? Or did I have to buy an iPhone directly through AT&T to qualify for this price?
SportsMathFilter: How do I correctly price playoff ticket options? [more inside]
Is Continental airlines going to penalize me for evading their attempt to double my ticket price? [more inside]
How does offering discounts for cash payments benefit gas stations? [more inside]
How much should I charge for my freelance design services? Have to give a quote by tomorrow, and I don't know how to determine what my time/my skills/the job/etc. is worth in order to quote them fairly. [more inside]
How to scale prices for my paintings [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out how much a local dance studio should charge for hosting a 1-2 hour birthday party with dance instruction by one of our teachers. [more inside]
How much should I charge for the use of one of my photographs in a tv documentary? The picture in question features a specific person who I photographed in a public setting. [more inside]
The price of Apple computers doesn't vary by retailer. How does Apple dictate pricing to their resellers — and how do they do this without breaking price-fixing laws? [more inside]
I recently increased my dosage of lamictal from 100mg/day to 200mg/day. I was prescribed 100mg pills, whereas before I had 25mg pills. For a month's supply of 100mg/daily in 25mg units, the bill sent to my insurance was over $500. For 200mg in 100mg units, it was just under $300. Why would more of the active ingredient cost less? I know the difference in pill count can't account for that much of a differential. What's the creative economics here?
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