According to http://webdesignlaw.com/, a web design/building contract consists of a full set of terms and conditions over multiple pages, called a “Letter of Agreement.” The contract is a short description of the project, schedule, fees and relevant terms and conditions in an informal letter format on the designers letterhead. Terms and Conditions usually describe the essential requirements like copyright, right to revisions, payment terms, kill fees and other legal terms.
An example of a contract is on http://site-maker.com/website-contract.htm
It starts out with the statement,
This Contract Agreement is made this……..day
of ……………..(month), 20…..(year), between:
Then it goes covers compensation and term, and talks about the fees that apply. For example, it says, “50% of said fee is due after initial consultation and before work is begun. The remaining 50% shall be due and payable when work is completed and shall be received before website is uploaded to it’s final destination. This fee does not include: the cost of domain registration, hosting set up fee, hosting, merchant account, secure online authorization or shopping cart.”
It also covers the possibility of maintenance, which, depending on the contract, can be on a monthly basis, “with a minimum of $25 in any month where updating is necessary. Fees will be assessed on an hourly basis at $75/hr.”
Next, the contract covers warranties by the site-maker/host, and then acknowledges the independent contractor,
Confidentiality is an essential part to show that there is a confidential relationship between the site-maker and the client.
According to https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-price-your-services-a-guide-for-web-designers, there is a guide for web designers to price their services. Because there are a lot of things to consider for a web designer, this article explains that there is no specific pricing recommended. It all depends on the skills the web designer has.
One example is hourly or fixed, “…normally charged as a fixed price or on an hourly basis.” This is considered a “…practical solution as it ensures you do not lose out financially if the project takes longer.”
The author breaks down this idea by giving us an example of a website design that can be expected to take 20 hours to complete. If you tell the client the fee is $1,000 or an hourly fee of $50 per hour, but end up taking longer on the project, “you could end up spending double the time you had expected for no additional earnings.”
Additional tips in this article include determining the market rate, evaluating your own skill level, identifying your own costs or signing a contract.