Apart from being very interested in their concept, and keeping this ace up my sleeve for when I find time to invest in it, I have no first had information - either negative of positive...
There tools I downloaded seems impressive - and having a good rating from the site must be a most reliable recommendation one could put on a resume I can think of.
I recently spent a good month and half writing a management application for a hair salon, and they're asking me a good question: how much am I charging for it?
I've done several similar projects in the past, but for one reason or another they ended up not getting used. One time, some moron came in half way through my working on the project, offered to do the same thing for my client for $500, and my client ditched me. The guy had no idea what he was doing, and my client ended up getting exactly what he paid for -- a botched company.
Not that I was too sure of how much to ask for back during those days, but I'm sure things have changed nowadays. Any pointers?
Thanks in advance.
Edit: I forgot to mention, the software has several functions: contact management, a periodic emailer for subscribed customers (not spam), customer checkout, a very well-decorated survey app for customers, and marketing reports that I'll be making in the future as the needs arise.
I tried looking around various salary and rates at a few websites. Things seem to have changed lately, with the average salary for developers in 2004 being around $65,000[^], and now at around $80,000 to $110,000[^]. Consultants average around $60 to $70 per hour[^].
Then again, it probably makes more sense to determine the market price of the product itself rather than the amount of work in time. Hmm...
I used to work with a friend that came up with contracts and prices and such, but now that he's gone I have to deal with the business side of stuff myself
I've been down this track in the past (10 no 15 years ago).
Do you consider this a one off project or
Do you intend to onsell the finished product?
Who is going to own the IP?
In one case I built the app with no sale price on it, simply chrged $1k support per month, starting from 1st month with a 6 month dev twindow (it was not my primary job). Client was happy as he could change his mind as often as he liked and the only thing to change was the delivery date. I supported and developed the product for 8 years and only stopped when I left the country.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Now you know why I'm a contractor, you turn up for work, they start paying you, you leave, they stop. I once had a partner who was very business savvy, I went broke he walked away with the business and what's more I was happy.
Make sure you have a line drawn in the specs, this far and no more. Do get the client to sign off on the requirements, I know this sounds a little melodramatic but a 2k job can cost you 5 times that in scope creep.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Hi there. I've been in the field for about 10 years as an employee and before then I just developed for fun. Before it was much easier to stay up to scratch with the latest technologies and to be sure you know what you need to know.
I've been thinking about some kind of study plan. Almost like a checklist you can go through to be sure you know where you are (knowledge/experience wise currently) and what the other things are you should know.
I moved over from vb6 to c# .net about 1 year ago. So I have development experience, but often find myself in a place where I just need to know a little bit more to do things faster.
Does anyone know of such a "study plan" or where can I find some kind of walk-through or guideline from beginner to current technology.
It's almost like just a guideline to make sure I have all I need - since the market have changed so much - so maybe like a few things one need to know in C#, then maybe some of the new technologies one should know... say LINQ / Silverlight... etc. Else maybe some RSS feeds I should subscribe to. I also have a friend who want to become a developer and this would help people like himself. Thanks.
nice plan mate,i think your opinion is great.i get what the point is,knowledge + experience = can catch new technologies more fast and efficient way to .about study plan,as guideline from beginner to current technology,your recipies could be the good way mate.
about my study plan,not for sure,im still wondering can help people around here to pass some exam etc.
Sorry - no. I really have no time for these qualifications. I'd rather hire somebody with proven experience, but please don't let me put you off. This is just my preference and shouldn't affect the way you go. I've just had bad experiences hiring somebody with MS certification when it turned out that they didn't have the necessary skills to back it up; it just leaves a sour taste with me. If you have the practical skills to back the qualification up then good luck.
Deja View - the feeling that you've seen this post before.
lol...,thnx you for your reply.anyway,just want to make me more confidence,that why i try to get that "MCTS".this is could be another preference for IT job,but it not must.doing the real world programming and make mony for that probably the good way is it.......
im understand about your preference ,but just to make some confidence when im dealing with someone else.im just have practical skills along with my experience(probably more that 10 year DIY developer and programer) as my hobbies,so...i've plan this "MCTS" as my study.
last hope is just make money for all this stuff mate....,
I've already gotten my BS in Computer Information Systems. I have a full-time developer job and my company is willing to pay for more training if it will help me do my job better. My main development environment is Visual Studio 2003, 2005 and I mostly develop in C# .NET. I have been as this job for more than a year so I don't have years of experience. What kind of training will prove to be worthwhile? I've read a lot that certifications are becoming less and less important to companies. Are developer conferences good to attend? I've never been to one. Does any one have any other suggestions?
Colin has good suggestions and I'd follow them. Do also keep up on the latest new, emerging technologies, learn how to use them, and make yourself marketable
Are developer conferences good to attend? I've never been to one.
I went to the VS2008 product launch from Microsoft in April and learned quite a bit about SQL Server 2008, and it was worth my while. Keep an eye out for events like this, some are free, which is cool.
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