As some of my earlier questions point out, I'm a web design enthusiast and am hard at work to launch a small company, myself being the single employee.
I had a simple question: how do I charge my customers?
After doing the work, and after the calculation of the price (the method of which I'm still debating), what's the process of my receiving the payment?
Would they write a check and send it in the mail? Would I set up a Paypal transaction? Or should it be up to the customer?
Thanks for your help.
I get 50% upfront (I accept paypal or check) and the balance when it's done (site is posted at a temp location ... doesn't go live until they pay in full.
The calculation of the price... your hourly rate is $65 per hour, $55 for 501c3 if you like, because it's a number they're already familiar with as it's the common rate of a garage mechanic and they will be willing to accept your skill sets are in the same ballpark.
The number of hours you need to make the site is up to you ... modify the hours instead of the rate. If you're not very experienced I'd simply halve the hours for your estimate ... if it really takes you 20 hours, give an estimate for 8-12 and that's a very reasonable $650 job for two days work which is pretty good if you're a starting our 14 yo web designer.
Here's what I do:
I generally allow our clients some flexibility in payment, but here are some factors that you need to consider:
Firstly with web work it is good practice to get a deposit up front for work, you will be suprised at how long it takes for customers to pay you for your work. 25-50% is a sensible deposit range.
You would produce a quote for the full amount and in your proposal point out the two payments they need to make.
Send an invoice for the deposit incorporating the payment methods you accept before starting any work:
Once you have completed the job provide the second invoice for the remaining amount.
Take 3 steps back, go to yoru chamber of commerce and make an into into running a business. If yuo can not even envirion how people pay you (although you likely have paid a lot of companies in your life) - you are wrong running a business. BETER LEARN. DOnt ask in forums here, I am sure your chamber of commerce has nice intro courses.
In general, yuo receive payment by telling customers to pay in one of some specific ways. I am sure you have heard of such advanced financial concepts like "bank account". You should get one. People then can "transfer" money to it, sometimes called "making a wire transfer".
If you are smart enough to type your bank coordiantes (account, bank name) on an invoice without making an error, the customers payment will even arrive in your account.
Some businesses accept cash, but this is mostly shops (i.e. not really applicable). Checks are not really used anymore in most civilized countries outside the US which still seems to have a hack for mailing checks. I have not dealt with a check in 30 years or so. I also would not deal with any company demanding a check, but then I am not in the US.
Paypal is an option, too - b ut be carefull to google around 15 minutes to see about the pitfalls it has.