flash prices

Posted on 2006-05-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Hi --

I'm looking to find out how much people charge for flash/flash projects in general, especially
with the plethora of "flash templates" or DIY (do-it-yourself) style templates/online makers/etc
available nowadays that really seem to cheapen it.

Please give me specific numbers and/or ranges, and if you can list other companies that actually
post that info (the prices, not just a 'contact us for quote' page), that would be great too. I want
to get a 'feel' for the market.

Specifically, let's say for a 5 page "flash" website (i.e., company info, product info w/3 subpages/product
info pages, contact us, faq section, and a misc section), that has 20 images, and needs 5 transition/
"special" effects between pages.

So a price for:

1. For "general" flash website (i.e., sound effects, special effects, basically something that looks good).
2. And then for more "advanced" sites (i.e., that employ actionscript, whether be it interactive forms/quizzes/
etc -- basically a bit of a step up, not necessarily flash 'games' on those pages).
3. And then if there is a step up (whether it be a flash 'game', which obviously I am assuming would be
100% customizable as per clients specs, in which case I'm assuming an hourly rate would apply).

I'll split the points evenly among those who post & provide numbers.

Thanks in advance!
Question by:cool12399
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    Accepted Solution

    That is such a broad question.

    Everyone is different and work is valued differently.

    Here's what we do, in general.

    If it's cookie cutter, it's less money.

    We have built 300 dollar sites, and we've built 8,000 dollar sites.

    In your scenario above:

    1. around 400 dollars
    2. can range depending on number of items requested and number of "gizmos" on the site. The more custom, the more the price. 1,800 and above sounds about right, but it all depends on the project.
    3. You're correct. Hourly rates are the norm here.

    Bottom line is that if you're bringing something unique, its going to cost money. Sure, you can buy a template for 30 dollars, but who's going to edit the template? Will you be okay with someone else having the same exact site as the one you have? So on and so forth. When you want a custom design, you have to pay for designers, coders/developers, photography or photo editing, etc... That all takes time, and money.

    Best of luck,

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    Author Comment

    Ahhhhhhhhhh... Ok, that is helping give me give an idea.

    Yes... I was kind of thinking within that range... (I am still looking for feedback from others too though! :))
    For your example... What is an example of a site that you did for $300, and what would be an example of
    one you did for $8,000?

    As for hourly rates, what is a 'reasonable' rate for either each item individually (i.e., an artist/coder/designer/etc),
    or basically someone who did that all together (i.e., just assign the project to one person who does the coding/

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    Expert Comment

    Design can go from about 35 an hour and up.
    Coding can be 65 and up, depending on level of programming desired.
    Artist usually charges per job. Don't have hourly rate there.

    When you're doing all the work yourself, you can usually lower your overall price because you dont have as much overhead. As you can see it is all very subjective.

    As for examples, I work almost exclusively on Intranet tools, so I don't have anything to show you, but here are some examples:

    Storefront site - (this is who we are, what we do, how to reach us) 300.00 and up
    commerce site - (all the above, plus ecommerce) 800.00 and up
    full site or tools - calculators, tools, database integration, connectivity to services, high graphics/design, components, etc...  2,000 and up.


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