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Issue 8.2


Project Estimating

Dealing with the highs and lows of estimating

Issue: 8.2 (January/February 2010)
Author Bio: Bob is the owner and Vice President of BKeeney Software located in Kansas City. He is one of the founders and the current President of the Association of REALbasic Professionals.
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Starting Page Number: 53
Article Number: 8213
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One of the hardest things to do, for me at least, is to come up with good estimates for my consulting projects. Bid too low and you lose money. Bid too high and you might lose the client.

In the ideal world, I would charge every client by the hour. Since most clients want a fixed bid, an hourly project doesn't happen very often -- especially with new clients. Fixed bids are difficult because the client doesn't always know what they want nor understand the process that you go through to create a good REALbasic application.

I put everything into a spreadsheet to make the calculations easier. The first thing I do is have a line item for every major piece of functionality I need in the application. Then I list the windows I know I have to have. I also add some time for testing and for the help system (if the client wants one).

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