After much deliberation I have finally concluded that this topic should be posted here, in Meditations. This is a subject that we all will or have faced at sometime. What is it you ask? It is the all powerful word --- FREELANCE ---. A friend, co-worker, acquaintance or a nut from the office next door approaches you and asks you to make a program for them: perhaps it is a program for their own use at home, or a CGI-script for their website. You find yourself saying yes to their proposal and the next thing you know, they are throwing strings of words at you. Some of which you hear and some of which can't remember, but between their excitement and your ears you stop functioning after they say those five little words . . . How much will it cost? Frozen in place you contemplate the time it would take you to make the program, the complexity of the program and the time frame in which you have to produce a live and running final product. As these thoughts and estimated price figures bounce around in your head, you find yourself shrugging your shoulders and voicing out loud, "I don't know." And so I turn the question to my fellow monks, how would one go about pricing a cgi-script for a website?
If at first you don't succeed, use PERL.