[thelist] development time cost on new functionality

Fred Jones fredthejonester at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 10:45:05 CDT 2011

This is a very interesting thread. Someone mentioned a Joomla tool he
made and I have a question along the same lines. What if my "tool" is
a custom Drupal module that I built for Client A and my *basic* work
agreement with Client B is hourly. Now Client B asks for essentially
the same feature.

I used to say "Hey, I already have that coded so it will only take 30
minutes to install/configure for your site."

Now I wonder how I can re-charge for those 5 hours I spent to write it
for Client A. I tell B:

Yes, I could add such a feature to your site. Since I have done
something similar in the past, this one item I will bill for you at a
fixed cost of 5 hours of work.

Not 100% honest, but certainly nothing DIS-honest there.

Is that the idea being suggested?

The module is inherently open source, due to being based on Drupal,
but I am allowed to charge for it as per
http://drupal.org/licensing/faq/#q9 .


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