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I am based in England and I have done a program for my girlfriends company. It is to keep track of maintainance contracts and a basic reporting tool to tell someone when a contract is up for renewal. It has taken me about a week to do and have put quite a bit of code behind it for what it is. I have spent about 14 hours on it so far over the past week. How much do you think i should charge so I am not ripping them off?
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There are two basic approaches.

First, Time & Effort.  What is your time worth or what is the typical programmer paid per hour.  Multiply that by the time spent. Programmers here (US - midwest) make $20-$40 per hour.  15 hours - $300-$600.

Second, If this is something you could potentially sell to other companies you could put a price on it.  How important is this to the company?  How much time and effort will it save them?  This sounds like a useful tool that could potentially worth $300-$750 (US).  Can you forsee the need for maintenance/updates?

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I cannot see much maintainance for the program to be honest. There isnt much that can go wrong with it. The only thing that can go wrong is if a certain website changes the way it looks up maps, i made it so that you enter the location of the company in the company for and i made a button that loops up the post code (Zip code to you) and looks it up on the internet and it asks you whether you want to plan the map for current location and it gives directions etc.

I have already quoted them now £20 $35 - £40 an hour and given them 5 hours of free coding to things that they want to add to the program in the future aswell as 6 months maintainance free which i think is fair.
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Sounds like a good deal for both sides.

glad i could help

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