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Nancy asks…

What to charge to consult on the building of an iphone app or website?

I have been a developer of mostly websites and web-apps, but also iPhone and android apps, for about 15 years now. I am getting asked more and more by colleagues and friends to help them, or someone they know, with their businesses or ideas. Whether that be a website or iPhone app or both.

I am not actually doing much programming or development and am more just giving my advice, coming up with some designs and then managing outsourcers who are actually doing the development.

My question is do I, or should I, charge for what the developers are doing? Whether it be like 10% of their cost or add an extra dollar amount to their rate?

I have pretty much determined that an acceptable rate for my services that I am involved is $50/h. But the thing is, the majority of the hours on a project like building an iphone app comes in the development stage. So I might spend 2 hours working on something that takes 50 hours to build. In that case I am only making $100 and the developers are making $1000.

Is this just part of the price of working as a consultant in this field? If I had a developer working for me directly I would be charging for that work, how can I also do that for outsourcing? Should I act as though the outsourcers ARE working for me and just have the client go through me for everything? Just have the outsourcers charge me and I charge the client adding onto the cost?

I was getting the outsourcers involved as a separate entity and almost stepping out of the picture once I set everything up. I’m thinking this was a bad move.

Anyone have any advice? Thanks.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I would suggest you to work directly with your client, so that you can keep relationship with them too. And at the back you work with your outsourcer. Based on the project, your outsourcer should provide you a quotation based on the project or hourly. And then it’s up to you to charge your client depend on how much profit you need. Ex: if your outsourcer charge you $1000 for the project, you can mark up 15% – 30% on top for your profit. Usually, your outsourcer will give you discount or lower rate if you have more projects.

If you are looking for affordable and reliable offshore web or software development, you can check us out at http://abi-technologies.com; we are currently looking for partner too. We are specialized in web development, WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, PHP, MySQL …

Paul asks…

What to charge to consult on the building of an iphone app or website?

I have been a developer of mostly websites and web-apps, but also iPhone and android apps, for about 15 years now. I am getting asked more and more by colleagues and friends to help them, or someone they know, with their businesses or ideas. Whether that be a website or iPhone app or both.

I am not actually doing much programming or development and am more just giving my advice, coming up with some designs and then managing outsourcers who are actually doing the development.

My question is do I, or should I, charge for what the developers are doing? Whether it be like 10% of their cost or add an extra dollar amount to their rate?

I have pretty much determined that an acceptable rate for my services that I am involved is $50/h. But the thing is, the majority of the hours on a project like building an iphone app comes in the development stage. So I might spend 2 hours working on something that takes 50 hours to build. In that case I am only making $100 and the developers are making $1000.

Is this just part of the price of working as a consultant in this field? If I had a developer working for me directly I would be charging for that work, how can I also do that for outsourcing? Should I act as though the outsourcers ARE working for me and just have the client go through me for everything? Just have the outsourcers charge me and I charge the client adding onto the cost?

I was getting the outsourcers involved as a separate entity and almost stepping out of the picture once I set everything up. I’m thinking this was a bad move.

Anyone have any advice? Thanks.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I would suggest you to work directly with your client, so that you can keep relationship with them too. And at the back you work with your outsourcer. Based on the project, your outsourcer should provide you a quotation based on the project or hourly. And then it’s up to you to charge your client depend on how much profit you need. Ex: if your outsourcer charge you $1000 for the project, you can mark up 15% – 30% on top for your profit. Usually, your outsourcer will give you discount or lower rate if you have more projects.

If you are looking for affordable and reliable offshore web or software development, you can check us out at http://abi-technologies.com; we are currently looking for partner too. We are specialized in web development, WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, PHP, MySQL …

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