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codeblvck says

Hey guys. thanks for reading. I have made several free tumblr themes, but recently I was approached by a prospective client asking for a custom theme for tumblr. Since I havent done any commercial tumblr themes. How much should I charge? Its going to be one off and specifically for this one person.

Ofcourse the price depends on the finished product and what it offers, but roughly whats the min and max bracket.

Any help appreciated

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KrownThemes says

Don’t you charge by hour? Or at least estimate the project by hours spent on it..

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codeblvck says

Ofcourse its an estimate in the start, but the hourly fee also depends on the client and the scope of the project. However its easy for me to estimate a cost or the value of the product if iv done it commercially before. However I dont want to say for example its going to cost you $400 and its going to take 20 hours. The finished product might be worth less then that or much more… Im not sure if that explains.

Maybe I should rephrase the question to how much do you guys charge per hour… but the client wants a finished price of the product, and im not sure what would be under charging or over charging for a tumblr theme.

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FinalDestiny says

I can charge $2500 per hour while Ruben can charge $5 per hour, that’s not relevant, it’s your time, your bills, your money, you estimate it. If you can’t estimate, you’re not professional and I’d walk away if I was your client.

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codeblvck says

I think its very relevant, in a market where a developer sits on every second corner unless you are a made name, you cant really over charge. However instead of acting like a know it tr-all, why dont you answer my initial question, which is whether I should have a price on what the theme is, and if so what is under-charging/over-charging for a tumblr theme dev job.

And if not do you guys have a flat rate per hour no matter what the job?

I charge different for a design job and a dev job.

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KrownThemes says

Yes, i have a flat rate per hour, no matter the job.

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codeblvck says

thanks Ruben

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mikedidthis says

Yes, i have a flat rate per hour, no matter the job.

Forever quoting Ruben, but his is right.

From your post, you will have a good idea how long a Tumblr theme will take you, so hours X hourly rate. If your dev rate is more than your design rate, factor that in.

I would also factor a few extra hours for communication, issues, testing, changes etc.

The idea is to present the client with a reasonable / calculated price, without screwing yourself over.

Hope that helps.

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codeblvck says

Thanks Mike, I was just thinking if I should sell the theme as a finished product (too much time spent on themeforest) or If I should charge it as Ruben suggested. Its clear now, thanks for the input :)

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