Such good advice here.
I think you both @TheRedDevil and @ralph.m are completely right.
Personally I prefer to charge per hour, as that makes projects easier to handle. If a client want an additional feature, or more revisions we dont need to setup a new contract for the new cost, it is just billed hourly. However we also quote per project if the client request it.
Makes complete sense. Are you never in a situation when people challenge this, and don't want to pay you the hourly rate. How is your contract setup, is it setup that your job has a cost with approximate hours (e.g. 13 hours), and from then upwards the client will inherit an hourly rate fee.
I started out charging per job, and I would not take into consideration the hourly fee. I very early on came up with a problem, which I am not trying to resolve. It's understandable that the more hours you spend on something the better it tends to be. It would terrible business sense to charge 100 euros for an entire weeks work, but at times this is what I often did.
My advice is be fair to yourself and your work will show it. You can work like a dog for a few dollars an hour so you need to take on more work to pay the bills or you can charge a good amount and still have time to learn new techniques and enjoy life.
Precisly, you cannot learn new things if you're not charging enough. We need to make a living and I honestly feel that this living is strongly determined on the prices we're charging. Clients who wish to pay 100 or so EU for a site are likely to find boilerplated solutions, and are likely to suffer as a result. There are websites, and there are websites, but a quality web designer is only a quality web designer when he get's paid enough to spend enough time on a website to make it quality.
Honestly guys, I cannot thank you enough for this advice. I have been thinking like this for a while, but many have tried to challenge my thoughts. Come to think of it most people want websites, in some shape or form, and knowing somebody who can do this for them is a great benefit, the only problem the majority don't want to pay for your living.