Pricing of software also refers to "proprietary or closed source software" which is computer software licensed under exclusive legal right of the copyright holder.

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Charging by the hour/project [closed]

This is related to a question I asked earlier - How to end a relationship with a client without pissing them off? What are your obligations when charging by the hour vs charging by project? If you ...
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How much can I charge for this a little job? [closed]

I started doing freelancing. I got my first job to create a set of reports. The business team has provided me with the sample reports and also some sample codes. My job is to query the database and ...
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How Do You Determine Your Hourly Rate? [closed]

In pricing a service or product it is general practice to not merely charge for the effort spent and the costs involved + margin but from the value delivered down. As an independent consultant, how do ...
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Tips for a novice PHP developer to drive down long-term maintenance costs

I'm an experienced Java developer who is just starting up a project for an NGO. I will be working on the project for at least 6 months, following which the NGO will have to pay or find a volunteer to ...
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How to estimate cost with very little information?

I have a client who wants a web app that will let him do the following (as he told me word for word): User registration Recurring payments for users Online conference room reservation I am ...
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What are the worst false economies in software development?

What are the worst false economies (that is ways of saving money that ultimately cost more than they save) prevalent in the software industry and how do you combat them?
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How to calculate the cost of a course I will give? [closed]

I am going to give a javascript course to some developers in a local company, I know all the subjects I will teach and estimate duration, also note that the course will be for experience developers so ...
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I'm working on a PaaS similar to Heroku or Google App Engine, and was curious which pricing structure users prefer. Ideas?

My current project is a cloud deployment platform similar to GAE or Heroku. I'm trying to figure out what pricing method works best for us and the users. Assuming that I cannot currently provide a ...
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What's the better way to charge for a cloud platform, simple but more expensive, or complicated but cheaper for most?

I'm working on a cloud platform, and was curious what people prefer in terms of paying for web services. There's the option of very simple pricing (tiers and such), which is easy to project costs on, ...
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How do you decide how much your software will cost?

If you are a solo developer, or have a leading role in a software company, you might have to decide how much your software will cost one or another day... What is your experience with calculating how ...
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Why do programmers write closed source applications and then make them free? [closed]

As an entrepreneur/programmer who makes a good living from writing and selling software, I'm dumbfounded as to why developers write applications and then put them up on the Internet for free. You've ...
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Why shouldn't a new software product try to compete on price?

I know about how the economies of scale work, and how a bigger competitor could beat you in price, if they wanted. But there doesn't seem to be anything better to compete at when entering a market in ...
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Hourly or per project billing? [closed]

How do you bill your programming projects? Do you do it per hour? Per job? Please include what kind of project you are doing in the answer. (Mobile, Web, Desktop, etc... You can be more specific if ...