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What's the Going Rate for a FileMaker Pro Developer?

Question asked by richardsrussell on Apr 9, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 30, 2017 by richardsrussell

I'm retired. I develop FileMaker Pro databases pro bono as a hobby, serving almost exclusively small non-profit organizations, chronically strapped for cash, that couldn't conceivably afford my services if I were charging market rates. But a couple of them wanted to know, for some kind of accounting purpose, what my donated time was worth. Since I never bothered to keep track, I could barely give them a guess as to how many hours I'd put in, let alone what they were worth.


But that got me to wondering:


What do FileMaker Pro developers charge for their time?


Is it per hour or a fixed amount of money for a well-specified, limited task?


Do you just use a flat take-it-or-leave-it price, or do you dicker and negotiate?


Do you have written contracts or just handshake agreements?


Any other considerations I should know about?