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Ben Martin

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#1 posted 07-13-2010 07:47 PM

My main line of work is computer programming and network design, and I run into this all the time as well. My solution is to simply provide them with basic sketches as part of the quote (which I do for free). If the quote is accepted, I have termes for payment laid out.

Cost of $X up front,
$X on submission of any schematics/layouts/other preliminary documentation
$X after each milestone for the project
$X on completion

Until I receive the deposit, I will not provide any professional documentation, or analysis beyound the basics absolutly required to get a ball park figure, and the quote outlines any areas that could cause the price to fluxuate.

If I was selling a piece of furneture, I would only sketch out the basics to see what was needed, and get a rough idea of time and material required. Part of the quote would include time to prepare full blueprints if needed, and I’d definatly require the 1st check cleared before providing the blueprints to the client.

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