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skprog
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So I got a call from a client wanting me to build a login , hierarchy signup , and possibly reporting website. I'm charging 50 an hour and qouted a 1000 rough estimate on number of pages need to accomplish task. Was wondering what everyone else charges for this?

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    No idea about the charging.

    Do they give specs on the login or something? Could you just plug in firebase authentication or something?
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    @skprog You calling for help from yourself?
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    I recently picked up a bit of work on the side. It is fairly specialized since someone is paying me to modify my open source project. Also getting $50 an hour but overall it's a pretty small job.
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    I am currently on the process of building something similar for my institution. Tbh it is a one man job depending on the backend tools using.

    I mainly work with php at work, so $1000 feels comfortable for me since something as trivial as this can be done in a short time. But depending on how the reporting works it might even be considered cheap.

    Wondering what .net and Rails devs would charge, ballpark estimate @Root @SortOfTested
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    @AleCx04
    Not enough information for me to give an estimate, also not the kind of work I do. It would be higher for me purely on bill rate.
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    @SortOfTested I thought you did since we were talking about trivial things, such as user login and signup and things like that on a previous convo o.0
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    @AleCx04
    I don't have a small scale solution to roll out. I could roll out an identity server using our kubernetes operator, set up a db, OAuth/forms, roles, etc in about 250 hours ready to use, another 250 for setting up envs, and touchpoint meetings. Reporting is ootb, the job is mostly configuratuon. That solution is also overkill for what it sounds like this is asking for, so I wouldn't entertain it. I'm also basing my estimates on my customers, who are going to involve legal, data governance, etc in the conversation.

    What I would actually do: point them at okta, charge them nothing for the call and call it a mitvah.

    OP's quote is fine, this is solid freelancer work.
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    @AleCx04 That for $1k is easily doable. Would probably take me 2-3 days to code and spec depending on exactly what they want.

    It is kind of vague, though, so maybe another two days, especially depending on what “reporting” means. Does it mean some simple JS charting? Or fully customizable reports including geoip lookups, velocity and behavior warnings with sms, user behavior reports? Gimme a week or two.

    (I would also double the price if they insisted on using Devise for anything.)

    Lots of words to day:
    Rough estimate sounds decent, granted the person knows enough about it. Also, screw Devise.
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    It feels so weird when people charge $1K for things I build out of boredom.
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    @theabbie A mechanic might have some old car to fix up for fun.

    But guess what, they will still charge you to fix your car.
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    @BobbyTables Exactly, The weird thing is we find it easy because we have the skills.
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    @theabbie I'm in a situation someone is paying me to make changes to my open source project I've put countless hours into for fun.

    So yes, it does feel weird!
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    Thank you for responding. I too figured it was something simple. Just good to hear from the community
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    I charge $999 for that job. On an unrelated note, who is your client @skprog?
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    I’ll be building a similar project over the next week.

    I’ll be billing 40 hours at $50.

    Note though: I have very similar projects to this, and I’ve done hierarchical logins like literally hundreds of times... so a lot of this will be a cut and paste job for me.
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