I currently have a single, fixed hourly rate that I adjust periodically according to available time and demand. I prefer project pricing, with an initial up-front payment followed by milestone payments as the project is completed.
My current hourly rate is $97 CAD/hour, billed in half-hour increments. 15 minutes of work is billed at half the full hour rate.
E-mails are free, unless significant work is required to answer them. I will communicate that I will be billing for my time for an e-mail before proceeding.
Phone calls are free when they concern new work / new clients. I’m happy to talk with you on the phone to see if I will add value to your business or not. Phone calls for on-going work are billed as normal.
The hourly rate does not include any expenses that are required for your project, such as AWS subscription fees, sub-contractor fees for specialized work, and that sort of thing. If this applies to your project, I’ll let you know before the expenses occur.