I wrote this a while ago but I thought that I’d revise it and re-post it here, I hope that it helps anyone who is pondering a quote for a client. Going through the quote process made me think of a few things I always try and do around quoting for web design work which I can pass on:
1. Dont feel obliged to quote over the phone, go away and think about the work, your input and also your price.
2. Gather the client’s requirements and stick to them, its ok to suggest alternative ways of completing the work and other options. Things usually change during the process but that’s the nature of the work, expect this and keep good, clear communication with your client throughout.
3. If the requirements or your solution are unclear go back to the client and ask questions to resolve this before submitting your quote.
4. Work out your price based on your day rate or hourly rate, double check your allocated time against your price. There are plenty of pointers online for calculating your day or hourly rate.
5. Submit your quote in good time, include an approximate time frame for when the work can be started and a proposed high level schedule of work.
6. Make sure that everything is clear to the client and that they understand your quote and what they are commissioning.
7. Follow up with your client in good time, if you didn’t get the work try to get feedback for next time.
8. Good luck out there!