Any given design job will, of course, begin with an estimate. But, regardless of what I'm doing for you, I base my initial estimate on my hourly rate. During my estimate process, I break down the job in to attainable goals, or milestones. I then estimate how long it will take to complete those tasks. I add up those hours and multiply it by 60 and viola, a freelance work estimate, hot out of the oven. And, it smells delicious!
I get my hourly rate based on the going rate of other freelancers,, of course. However, you'll find that I charge far less than they do. The recommended rate of most freelancers are anywhere from $50-$120/hr So, with my number of years designing and programming, why do I charge less? I'm crazy nice like that! However, when I get super busy, that rate goes up! So, if you catch me in a slow time, consider yourself lucky and give me a call.