What do I charge my client?
Dear fellow BuddyPress Gurus, Creators, Lovers of Code and Experimenters:
I need your help today – before a meeting with my difficult client at 4:00pm San Francisco California time.
I thank you in advance for your time and assistance.
During the past few months, I have had great fun wrestling with buddypress and all the plugins that support it. I ended up creating a few buddypress websites: two for clients and one for myself. After months of many sleepless nights of figuring out the hard way how to make an elegant, highly functional social community with:
1. Customized, professional child theme designs (The design takes the most time)
2. Many levels of membership (some paid)
3. Options for individuals to have their own store
(and many more features…those are only a few of many, many more features that are part of each buddypress website I’ve been building.) I have been asked to create more of these buddypress ‘social communities’ for the same client. I have not put the buddypress website on their server yet (which is easy for me to do) because we are figuring out a good contract for my work now. I have shown them a beautiful designed, fully functional buddypress community that I built for them – before we had a contract for it. They want it, but I don’t know what to charge them for it. I need to know a price for the whole thing. I currently only have a contract with them to build a’launch page’ and a logo for their business – both of which are complete. My client is launching a large, social community which we both think will grow immensely and bring in a lot of money – eventually millions in revenue yearly. They are now looking at making me a co-founder, because they see how valuable I am at building and maintaining this social community.
This is the problem: I just want to get paid. My client is rich, but a penny pincher. They think that by asking me to be co-founder, that I should just work for them for free right now and I can get paid later as the social community makes money. I need to get paid now – and I just want what is owed to me for the community I built. At this moment, I desperately need to know how much to charge for building a well designed, highly functional buddypress social community. I am thinking that is not worth it to be a co-founder with my client, and I just want to get paid decent pay for the work I’m doing.
My client is currently telling me that they will pay me once the social community is bringing in revenue. they have money, but they just don’t want to pay me.
I need to know two things at this time, and I appreciate anyone who has a clue about this:
1.) How much I should charge as a flat fee for one of these buddypress social communities
2. How much should I charge for maintenance for a growing, complex buddypress social community with merchant, membership level, & more functionalities.
I don’t mind working with them on a monthly basis. I would like to just charge a salary – like $80,000 a year, since my client is now asking me to give up my day job to work full time on building social communities for them. I think this is fair since they are a wealthy, wall street financier. Is there a contract for this I can find? If they don’t want to pay me until later, Is there a contract for this somewhere so I can hold them accountable to pay once I put it on their server?
I am currently afraid to put the websites on their server because I put a lot of work into them and I don’t have a contract.
They paid me a small amount for their logo & launch page at the beginning, but I have created much more than that at this point, and they are telling me that they want me to build now & they will pay me later. They are rich and I am poor. They don’t understand that I need to get paid and can’t live off of friendship. I have to give them a solid contract at this point. I don’t have a lawyer or someone to draw up a contract for me that respects me. I once made the mistake of using a contract from docracy.com (months ago – different client) and it provided me with no protection. I can’t afford to do this and pay my basic rent,etc,… so I need to figure something out. Does anyone out there know the worth of one of these buddy press social communities?
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