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PostPosted: March 25th, 2011, 10:32 am 
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Hello to everybody

I have been asked to make summaries from books. I have to send my economical proposal but I have no idea about how much should I ask for.
The books will be normal ones (150-200 pag.) and the summaries no very longer (2-3 pages)

Any idea will be very appreciated.

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PostPosted: March 28th, 2011, 12:02 pm 
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It depends on how many books you're expected to do. I would start at 20 USD and keep going up from there.

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PostPosted: March 28th, 2011, 10:31 pm 
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Hi mariadbl,
Welcome to the forum.

In addition to deciding upon an hourly rate (as suggested by AdamC), you might consider estimating the number of hours required, adding 20% or so, converting that to dollars, and quoting that to the client as the maximum possible fee for the job. If the work entails more time than the quoted maximum was based on, the extra time would not be billed to the client. This avoids a client's being surprised by the total that has accumulated from what seemed a readily affordable hourly rate.

Here's an example. You estimate a job to take 5 hours. Adding 20% brings that to 6 hours. At $20/hour, that's $120, which would be quoted as your maximum fee. If the job takes just 5 hours (as you'd estimated), your bill would be $100. But if the job actually takes 7 hours, you would bill for the quoted maximum of 6 hours (and factor this experience into the next time you prepare a quote).

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PostPosted: March 29th, 2011, 3:25 am 
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AdamC wrote:
It depends on how many books you're expected to do. I would start at 20 USD and keep going up from there.


Dear Adam, thank yoy very much for your reply but I think that 20 USD is really cheap. I cannot charge 200 USD but neither 20 USD

Thanks again!


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PostPosted: March 29th, 2011, 3:29 pm 
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Thank you Dave!

I understood 20 USD for the total job!!

Is an excellent idea to charge an extra 20%. I work in Spain, my fees are 25 €/hour so is very easy to calculate the total amount.

Thanks again to both of you


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2011, 9:39 am 
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mariadbl wrote:
AdamC wrote:
It depends on how many books you're expected to do. I would start at 20 USD and keep going up from there.


Dear Adam, thank yoy very much for your reply but I think that 20 USD is really cheap. I cannot charge 200 USD but neither 20 USD

Thanks again!


I just mean that as a minimum. Definitely don't charge that as a final price. Just look at the more detailed suggestion w/ formula by DaveLevin to get the final cost of the job.

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PostPosted: May 4th, 2011, 5:09 am 
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Thank you to everybodoy for your kind reply,


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