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  1. tjwett

    Estimating Jobs

    while i don't feel qualified to comment directly on pricing a FileMaker job specifically since i'm not a seasoned vet, i'd like to share what i've learned from other types of gigs that i do have a bunch of experience with such as custom AppleScript automation solutions, web design and general tech consulting. i am really surprised to see so many people around here so quickly point to charging an hourly fee. after about 5 years of working "freelance" my experience has been that hourly has been the least beneficial to me, and my clients. right off the bat, you've got this idea of time attached to the bottom line hanging in the back of everyone's head. the client wants it done fast and you want it to take forever. not literally, but those feelings are there if even at subconscious level. i've walked away from more than a few jobs in the past that took me 5 hours to do and ended up saving the customer thousands. or websites for example... let's say the auto mechanic shop and the antique store down the street both want me to build them a 3 page website. for which party is a website more valuable? most likely the mechanic will have his phone number and address up there, maybe a little info. not much money can be generated because of the site. but the antique store will likely use those 3 pages to showcase inventory, perhaps even some simple e-commerce. 2 sites, same amount of hours to create. i'd happily do both jobs but i'd not be at all ashamed to say that i'd be charging the antiques store a considerable amount more for the job. it's worth more to them and will make them money and is a worthy investment for them to make. i've switched to a completely value-based pricing method and the results have been more money for me and happier clients. don't adjust your price to meet their budget. if you say "the price for what you want is $10,000." and they say "we only have $8,000 to spend." then you should answer "no problem, we can remove some features to fit your budget." not only will you get the most for your talents but you'll likely have clients actually asking to give you more money. it also drums up repeat business. another perfect example is reusing your solutions. i've got really nice automation system for handling catalog assembly for a specific type of customer. it initially took me almost a month to complete and the original client paid me about $9,000 for it. they estimate it to be saving them about $8,000/month. i've gotten a few similar clients requesting similar solutions and i've been able to tweak that one system in a handful of hours just for them. if i was charging hourly i'd be really getting the shaft on that. to each his own and this is all my opinion of course. btw, i got most of the info that inspired me to rethink my hourly ways from the book "Getting Started in Consulting" by Allen Weiss. it's the best $15 i've ever spent and his info is priceless for anyone working in any field trying to make a living on their skills. do check it out, you won't be sorry.
  2. AWESOME! Thanks so much. I knew it was simple. I am still pretty new to FM which makes me overcomplicate everything in my head. This was a massive help.
  3. I am trying to dynamically display details (meaning in the same layout) for an item in a portal by clicking a button. It is hard to describe with words so I have included a link to a screenshot below with some notes. If anyone has a moment to look at it and tell me what I might be doing wrong that would be just awesome. Thanks so much. http://homepage.mac.com/tjwett/screenshot.gif
  4. tjwett

    New to FM, A Few Job Questions...

    Awesome! I hope it all goes well. And I may try to find you this board again in the future. I might have some questions about pricing jobs later down (way down the road) the road and it'd be good to get some info from someone working locally. Again, best of luck! cheers, -tj
  5. tjwett

    New to FM, A Few Job Questions...

    hey stanley, things are rough here indeed. i actually had to leave brooklyn (park slope, williamsburg before that) and come back to long island to get on my feet again. man, i remember when i moved out to seattle during the hay day when you could get 50k a year for HTML coding. and now i look at craigslist and see ads like "UNIX guru proficient in Python, SQL, Photoshop, Flash, and DOS prompt needed to rebuild Amazon.com in one week. must speak fluent Manganese. Pay $7.50/Hour." it's getting rough out there. best of luck, to us all!
  6. Fireworks MX from Macromedia.
  7. hi all, this my first post here, hope it's in the right spot. i am currently working in the NYC area as an independent Macintosh tech/consultant/tutor/whatever-work-i-can-get guy. as many know the job situation here is pretty awful. so i've decided to add to my skills and hopefully make myself more useful and attract some new clients. i think the ability to provide solutions as well as support is a step in the right direction so i'm buckling down and teaching myself AppleScript and FileMaker Pro, for starters. my questions are: -what can i look forward to as a new FileMaker engineer looking for work, even an entry-level position with a company? -is there any area of the country where there happens to be an abundance of FM jobs, for whatever reason? -how does being a beginner FM engineer pay? -ever hear of any internships at a FM-based company, paid or not? -any other tips or info? i know these are pretty vague and relative to where/who you are but i'd appreciate and general info at all. thanks. and i'll see you around the forum.
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