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  • If clients ask for a fixed fee up front, I tell them that I can only do that if they're willing to pay me my hourly rate to work with them on an extremely detailed spec (about 10-20 hours). With that much detail, I can give a reasonably firm fixed price.

    But not surprisingly, no one wants to do that work ;) So they just pay me hourly, and I give very rough estimates, and always qualify them with "but I don't have a detailed spec so it could be longer."

    This has actually worked out fairly well, as clients