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I've got an "offer" to create a Website with an ecommerce Shop. I did not work much in the Webdevelopment and the customer asked me of course how much it will cost. I replied that I've to calculate it when I've got the specification.

So, my Problem is, that I do not know how many hours it will take to develop the site and what I could claim per working hour because im a "Beginner" in Webdevelopment...

Do you Guys have any Hints? A reference Point?

//EDIT Im not an absolute beginner. Ofc do i know the usage of html, css, php,... Also I've worked some months with Joomla and WP, but I never had to calculate the needed effort on my own

closed as primarily opinion-based by Philip Kendall, Mawg says reinstate Monica, HorusKol, paparazzo, gnat Nov 26 '18 at 10:00

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    This question sounds like it would be better at Freelancing StackExchange. – Brandin Nov 26 '18 at 7:38
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    "I did not work much in the Webdevelopment" - so why I someone offering to pay you for such? Do you know of your lack of experience? If not, and/or you re not doing it for a friend, I cannot see this ending well – Mawg says reinstate Monica Nov 26 '18 at 7:49
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    From your question, you are not ready to be able to accept this mission as a freelancer. Estimating relies on personal experience when it comes to web development => You ARE your OWN reference point. Some people will take 10 minutes to do something whereas others will need an hour. Other than that, freelancing fees are usualy counted per day and not per hour depending on your skill, productivity and the value you deliver. IMHO you need more training/experience to carry this mission according to the question you asked. – Answers_Seeker Nov 26 '18 at 8:07
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    @JohnDoe Or just not do it at all – Twyxz Nov 26 '18 at 8:35
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    Never, ever work for free. A "reference" is not payment.. If you do work for free, you lose all negotiating power and you'll have to agree to things at least as hideous as working for free in the future, because you've shown how low you're willing to go. If you don't feel confident, don't do the project, but if you do, don't do it for free. And finally, before you start doing anything, sign a contract. Get a template off the Internet or write down in a piece of paper what you will deliver, when, and how much you'll get paid for it. – rath Nov 26 '18 at 10:38
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I do not know how many hours it will take to develop the site and what I could claim per working hour because im a Beginner in Webdevelopment...

That's a bit worrying.

If you're really a beginner in web dev and have no experience in doing this sort of thing previously, then you shouldn't be taking on something like this on your own in the first place - it's a bit of a recipe for disaster.

Try to work with an existing experienced dev for a while before going solo, or get a job as a junior web developer so as to build up your skills and experience.

We all have to start somewhere of course, but usually that somewhere isn't jumping into a solo project with no knowledge!

  • Thank you very much! Ofc do i know the usage of html, css, php,...Also I've worked some months with Joomla and WP, but I never had to calculate the needed effort on my own. – John Doe Nov 26 '18 at 9:55

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