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- July 9, 2011 at 11:12 PM #47381
Hi all. I’m making the jump from hobbiest to pro and need to know what to charge clients for gigs?
For example if someone wants a wedding done on DVD or Blu Ray what do I charge and for how much finished footage?
My first gig is for 5 and 10 minute promotional films for businesses that are designed to go on the businesses website. What should I charge for these gigs?
You can charge as low $40 to $150 per working hour. Class your customers as one time customer no repetition or customer can give more work. Also the company size, large companies with 50 to 500 employes can pay more than small businesses.
Thanks very much for replying.
One thing you have to keep in mind when deciding what to charge is replacement cost of equipment. For example, you will want to build up a savings account so you can replace or upgrade your equipment over a period of time. I have set my timeline for two years for complete replacement cost on camera and computer, three years for lighting and accessories. For this my rate will average between $50 and $75 an hour depending on the client and the size of the project.
I know that my area will support a larger fee but I have only been doing this for a year and do not have all the experience as the top dollar videographers out there. Another factor in my fee is that all my equipment is new and should last for a few years before having problems, I hope.
Thats a good tip Charles, thanks.
But I expect that a wedding party would want a fixed price on a fixed product.
Do you guys normally give fixed prices on that and if so for what price and what product? ie 1 hour DVD on disk with chapters for $3000?
I often quote flat bids per project. I base it on an easy 100 per hour rate. My ability to say “4 grand” to a client when they ask me how much has become my saving grace through these evolving times we work in. I know my workflow. I can easily judge how much time I’ll have in ap roject after revisions. I like being able to answer their question and getting the gig because I can do that.