Web Designs Prices: Charging With Confidence

Web Design Pricing

Pricing web design services has always been a problem for everyone in the beginning of their career. There is no standard price or baseline you can follow until you create one.  Here you will learn tho charge with confidence, learn a couple tips to find your rate, and see how others are doing it.

How much should I charge for this web design? I’m afraid to ask for too much and scare the client away, and I don’t want to charge just a little amount and do the work just for experience. What do I do?


The biggest problem about giving out prices on the beginning of your web design career is the simple fact that you don’t want to lose any clients. The hunger for work won’t be so beneficial to your pocket at the beginning. The client can smell your fear and the lack of confidence, that’s when you end up doing everything for nothing.

Here is  a couple things you can learn to get more confidence when you put your price on the table.

A Pretension Client is not yet a Client


I like to say that a client is only an official client after you close the deal, until then it’s all pretension and a lot of times they have bad intentions so don’t be afraid to ask for the right amount for your work. If they don’t like it, maybe they never meant to be your client, and you don’t loose anything except for an #$@* that was trying to rip you off.

Learn to say NO


If you approach a client being afraid to lose him before you start working with him chances are you are going to charge a lot less than you should. Learning how to say NO can be the first step to a better approach. If the budget is too low you have to learn how to say no to the job, there is always going to be a next client.

By saying no you are actually showing that you do a good work and it’s not worth for you to charge pennies for it. This act will give the trust of a good job even know you turning it down, and may bring him back around whenever his willing to pay the right price for a good job.

So here is the big question:

How much is your work worth?


Unfortunately there is no perfect recipe for what you should charge, only time will give you the right formula to approach this problem. You have to understand that if the client don’t want to pay your price they are not good clients for you because on top of everything you charging for your work.

Here is a hand picked selection of the best articles you may consider reading before you find out the perfect rate for your work.

Web Design Cost: Price Calculator: Design Quote

Designing Prices is Never Just about the Prices

12 Factors You Should Consider Before Pricing Design Services

Pricing Web Work – What Should You Charge

How Much Should A Web Design Cost

Pricing a Project

12 Realities of Pricing Design Services

Check Out What Others Are Charging

Looking at what other people is charging is a good way to find a price range for your work, look at what they charge and check their portfolio to see if  you can do what they can do. If so, then why are you charging such low rates? Also consider that they been around for some time and you haven’t.

Michael Sacca

Charges $3,000 and under

Denise Chandler

Charges $3,000 and under

David Zafra

$3,000 and under

Web Design Florida HQ

Charges from $3,000-$10,000

Agami Creative




This is Mess

Charges from $25,000-$50,000

As you can see, websites can be a lot more expensive than you thought. To see more visit Haystack and check out the price that many studios and designers are charging.


The whole point of you having confidence on your price is that guarantee that you won’t charge less than you should. Design is and always been a profession where a lot of non sense people take upon considering their self part of it and charging rates that are way too low of the reality.

If you know what you doing, charge the right amount for it, and don’t worry if a couple clients turn you down because of your rates. Just like everything else some will love other will hate, it’s part of the business.

Good Luck!

Written By Paul0v2

Hello there! My name is Paulo Canabarro, I'm a graphic design student, blogger and freelancer. I'm a writer for abduzeedo.com and I have passion for cool and well done design. To find out more about me and my work, FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER


  1. The Pro Designer

    November 1st, 2009 at 07:13 pm

    Great stuff, its always good to get a real look at what others in the industry are doing! I really think this sort of post is what can help others to aspire too… Thumbs up!

  2. nidcha

    November 2nd, 2009 at 12:00 am

    This is a great resource for me. Thanks!

  3. Dameon

    November 2nd, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Nice post. But before you post other web dev’s prices make sure they legally operate a business. Such as Michael Sacca. He only has a LLC , runs out of a apartment, and has NO business license. In Clark County where he lives he needs to have a business license, and can NOT operate out of a apartment. Check the county codes, when you apply for a business license the fire marshall comes out to make sure your place of operation is zoned correctly and is fire safe. If they show up to a apartment the license is denied.

    So please only list legal working people who properly run a business, not someone who runs it out of a apartment.

  4. Avin Kline

    November 6th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    hmmm. Regarding a previous comment: while the dude should probably have his licenses, just because I business is “run” out of someone’s apartment doesn’t mean it’s any less legit. In the same way just because someone pays for a downtown office doesn’t mean it’s legit.

  5. Premium Theme Club

    November 7th, 2009 at 07:35 am

    great business etiquette

  6. CSSReX

    May 5th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for enlightening people about it. Much appreciated!!

  7. Dakota

    May 1st, 2012 at 02:25 pm

    Anything over 3,000 for a website is outrageous, do a little more research, you can always find someone with an awesome portfolio to do it for less. 10 – 50, 000 is just stupid and I assume those clients are huge companies who don’t really care or want to do the research for someone good and just assume that if it costs so much they’ll be awesome. Not always the case.

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