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From "Daniel Watrous" <>
Subject Re: [OT]web development fee
Date Wed, 05 Jan 2005 16:00:53 GMT

First off, I don't think that you hijacked anyone's thread, but this list 
seems to be very sensitive to that (and perhaps more affected by it than 
other lists I have seen).

>From my experience there are a couple of options you can pursue:
1) You could build the application from the ground up and charge an hourly 
rate.  The rate will have to be agreed upon by you and the person 
contracting you.
2) You could develop the eCommerce application at your own cost and sell a 
license to it.  In this case you would have more direct control over the 
features you build into it.  Also, while this costs you more up front there 
is more possibility to recover the cost in selling multiple licenses.
3) You could purchase a license to an existing application and adapt it to 
meet your clients' needs.  In this case you would likely charge a flat fee 
to recover your hard costs for the purchase and an hourly after that for any 
adaptations.  In this case I personally would ask for the hard costs up 
front so as to not go to the expense and then have the client change his/her 

Now about the way you asked your question, I'm not sure if the "web 
application" you have developed for your employer is an eCommerce 
application.  In the event that it is eCommerce related you will likely use 
that as a base for whatever you build for your new client.  In this case you 
should discuss with your employer how he feels about you building off of a 
code base that he has funded.  It may be that you could work out an 
arrangement with your employer to accomplish option 3 above, and that your 
employer will give you a "license" at a significant savings to you.

As far as contracts go,  you should probably consult with a lawyer for that.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "epyonne" <>
To: "Tomcat Users List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 7:26 AM
Subject: [OT]web development fee

Since I am using Outlook Express, I did not realize that I was attaching to 
someone else thread and I apologize for that. I am starting a new thread 
here and hopefully someone can help me.

I have been developing Java web application for my employer for a few years, 
but these are all running on our company's intranet only. Now someone is 
asking me to develop an eCommerce site. I don't know how to charge him. Can 
someone please give me some ideas of the going rate and what kind of 
contractual agreement I need? Is there anything else I need to watch out 

I am in the United States and I plan to use a commercial hosting company to 
host the site. It will cost around $30-40 a month.

Any help will be very much appreciated.

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