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I've recently been offered a job developing an Android app; it's nothing too complicated, I've quoted 2 weeks development time. However I've no idea what to charge so I thought I'd ask what others with experience think would be a fair amount? Or is there a sort of standard rate for this kind of work? Cheers
 
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Were are you resident?

I think: 2 times 40 times 100$ = $ 8000,-

 
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I'm in the UK.

$8000 for a couple weeks work on an app?
 
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Hey I am no specialist, but do not underestimate. I have never been a freelancer, but from what I heard of colleagues who were, this is the amount you should think of.

Remember, it is not a normal salary like 'certain job in a company'. As freelancer you:

Must do your own 'human resource like' administration.
Must take care of your own pension plans and insurances.
Must take care of the times you won't get an assignment.
You take your own 'company' risk.
You sell your own product.

This must all be added to the price. Now it could be 4000, it could be 12000, may-be, but it is a whóle lot more then when you'd do the same job as a 'normal worker'.

 
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Don't forget that you will also have to pay taxes as well. If it helps, try to calculate your cost of living for twice weeks and think in terms of that amount. Do you have a contract to state what your requirements are? How will you know when it is "done"? Watch out for the person/company to add requirements during development. What happens if they find a problem with your code after the two week period is over? Will they pay you for additional work or will they expected you to fix it for free?
 
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8,000 (EUR) Euros for two weeks is reasonable. You need to be careful about the contract terms and what the specific expectations are.

Also, once the two weeks is up and the application is completed and delivered. Then what? What happens if customer encounters a bug or error? What do they do?

Aside, make sure that you get a signature on a formal contract before starting any development.

Good luck son!
 
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