Can anyone who is a freelance developer tell me how they determine the project cost?
I had 1 client only who kept me busy, but as I have done pretty much everything for them I need to seek other clients. For a bigger project, I usually did a rough estimate of how long it would take me to write up a project scope, outlining major modules to the smallest radio button, this also helped me determine the project cost.
For this assessment and write up, I would request what I called "deductible quote" where if my client decided proceed I would deduct this cost from the final project cost; otherwise I would have been paid for the time spent on assessing and writing, but they can use my document if they wanted to proceed with another developer.
Now that I seek new clients, I have felt resistance with this approach and wanted to ask if there is something else or...?
I am talking about here a multi-month or multi-year development projects.